Who knew?!?

My new mattress is made from fishing line! Yes, fishing line. Check it out!

Our mattress looks like a collection of scrubby pads. 🙂 Why anyone thought to make mattresses out of fishing line in the first place is beyond me, but hey, that’s innovation for you!

I know you’re thinking: not only does this sound weird, could it possibly be comfortable? The answer after three nights is: sort of. 🙂 This is a very firm mattress, so while it’s fine for sleeping on, it doesn’t feel very cozy. When I wake up in the middle of the night, instead of snuggling under the covers and feeling all warm and snug, I think: “Well, I guess I’m supposed to go back to sleep now.” Sleep feels a bit more perfunctory than enjoyable. We’re going to buy an extra padding layer, which I think will fix this issue.

I haven’t done any writing recently, as I’ve been working on getting the anthologies I’ve edited into print. Yes, finally! 🙂 This requires creating full covers, which include the front, back, and spine, and the interior of the book is formatted slightly differently. For example, I’ve added blank pages in a few cases so that each story begins on the right-hand side of the page. Most of my time is spent designing the cover, and I’ve spent a ludicrous amount of time figuring out how to save the cover in the right format. I’m using Photoshop, so I export the cover as a jpg, then open it and save it again as a Photoshop PDF. Sounds super easy, right? Wrong! 🙂 I’m doing something wrong, but I haven’t figured out exactly what yet. Mysteriously, I did manage to successfully create and upload one cover that worked, but I have no idea why it worked. Fortunately I’m stubborn and have a sense of humor…