Coffee in the Los Angeles skyline mug, "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" performed by Frank Sinatra is on iTunes, no new words (ack!). Yesterday was a production day and a crisis day. I had to give up on two of the projects planned for the book due to technical reasons. I had hoped to include Cailleach's Cradle as a project and just chemically etch it (the original was sandblasted) but it is just not working out. The box is also a no-go for the book. I have one in the small kiln right now and I might have solved the technical problems, but even if I have it is going to be too difficult for a fluff book.
Fortunately, I am not alone. Barbara Muth stepped in with a suggestion (several good ones, actually) that led me to a new easy project and I came up with one more on my own--a checker board and pieces. I wanted to do the checkers on one side, backgammon on the other with a raised outer edge and middle bar, but decided I was getting carried away and that one might be too difficult too.
Lots of projects in kilns yesterday--worked 15 hours, most of it in the studio and Still Not Done with the Projects! All three kilns fired and only one is cool enough to open yet. That's okay as it is a Writing Day. I have five project write-ups due tomorrow. Two of them are already written (I am re-using the first two I sent in which were never actually scheduled or counted).
I also re-wrote the interim schedule. I haven't heard back from the editor yet but I am expecting major flack. Two of the items on the schedule are determining the final photo count and shooting all the photos. Both of them were scheduled before the text was scheduled to be written. I really thought about it yesterday and it makes absolutely no sense to try to guess where photos are going to need to go in the basics section. I might be able to do it in a pinch in the projects (I could rough outline the steps and go from there) but I can't tell what is going to need a picture for explanation in the basics text until it is written. Whew.
So that's my day. Tonight is the second organizational meeting for Creative U (I am presenting a seminar on pricing your work, marketing it and choosing a venue to sell it--galleries, wholesale shows, retail shows, etc.). It's going to be another full one.