No coffee, no music. It's another early one. Already have a lampshade draping in the medium kiln and have three more firings planned for the day. Got to miss Ikebana today due to the early drape--have to watch it fall and turn it off at just the right time.
Had a long talk with the Publisher Friday. They sent me an interim schedule on Wednesday that had me turning in 54 pages today and then 15-20 a week through September. I sent them back my revision on Thursday which had the 15-20 a week starting to come in after the first of September and the 54 being done after that. Friday at 5:00 pm after an hour of discussion ("no, I really can't do that now/have that done by then" being my main contributions) I was given a list of very reasonable reasons why I need to turn in at least some of the non-project writing asap. I agreed with them and so I am reworking my pass at an interim schedule and sending it back in this morning. I also re-wrote the first two projects based on their edits and am sending them back.
As I prepare to set off into the prose (as opposed to step-by-step instructional) parts of the book, I spent the weekend alternating between abject terror and lambent complacency (we're all going to die! I can do it!) and am now numbly docile (or is it docilely numb?). I still have a lot of firing to do this week as I wrestle the last of the projects into submission, or they me. And somehow, some way I have to work in preparing and teaching 1-1/2 sessions of a course on starting your own arts/crafts business as part of the first Creative U this October/November at Creative Spirit Gallery. Oh yes, and four more gallery orders to get out between now and November 1 and an art fair to do Labor Day weekend... And I thought I could get a piece submitted for the Niche awards and Corning's New Glass review this year!