Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Greetings again! Yes, it's been a long time (more than 4 months) since the last posting, but I haven't been goofing off. I've been working on a magazine that will debut later this month for the American Society of Nephrology call ASN Kidney News.

At first, this endeavor required a couple of hours here and there. As the first issue draws near, and we are trying to get the next issues started, those hours are adding up. This project has come with a steep learning curve; while I had worked with traditional medical journals, I had not done anything with ad-driven magazines before. I have a great managing editor, Dawn McCoy, and I have to say that this has been one of the most enjoyable and gratifying things I have done.

One task I took on after my editorial advisory board suggested it was creating puzzles for the magazine. I cannot imagine what it took to make a crossword puzzle before computers; it's hard enought to fit in theme words with autofill!

Anyway, my first word search got bumped from the magazine because we had too much other content (a good problem). I'm posting it here; the theme is an educational program of the ASN, Renal Weekends. I promise the solution will be posted in less than 4 months.