As the calendar turns to another year, I’ve reached a major goal. I just now finished writing the preface and dedication for the second edition of Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, which means that the primary writing is fully and completely done. Some chapters have already been through technical review, copyedit, and author review, and are moving through production. Others are queued up for me to deal with in the next several days. So it looks very much like we should be able to put the book on shelves, and into your hands, before summer gets underway. This is, for me, a major relief.
As for the sequel to Eric Meyer on CSS, that’s suffered some setbacks due to Carolyn’s arrival, so I’m not sure when it will be finished and published. Half the projects are already written, and the sixth has the working files all set up. That leaves just a few more to write. I’m hoping to get them finished before January is done, but I’m feeling less and less optimistic about meeting that goal. We’ll see what happens.
Speaking of Carolyn, she’s suffering through her first cold, so we stayed home last night. There are certainly worse ways to spend a New Year’s Eve than with your wife, new daughter, and a home-cooked meal. We didn’t even bother to watch the ball drop, although the shouted countdowns from our various neighbors let us know exactly when the new Gregorian year began.
As Kat and I lay in bed last night, Carolyn miserably gurgling and wheezing between us, I kept saying to myself, “It’s just another day.” There was something about the change to 2004 that hit me hard, a realization that this is the first year in which Mom has always been dead. Throughout 2003, even though she was gone, she’d been a part of that year. When that last digit changed, artificial though the division of time might be, there was suddenly a sense that I was farther away from Mom, that I’d crossed a boundary that was suddenly like a wall between us.
But it is, in the end, just another day. Mom doesn’t have to be any further away from me than she was yesterday, or the day before. She is always as close as I choose to allow, as close as my memories of her will permit.