Coffee is a mocha with Ghirardelli chocolate and whipped cream, music is satellite radio, word count: 7160. The word count is becoming meaningless as I enter the interminable cycle of edit and re-edit. For a reality check, I have five projects (out of 20) written and 10-15% of the basics section. Today is a writing day and I hope to crank a bunch out. Unfortunately I got yet another spread sheet from the editor and I need to fill it out with word, photo, illustration, and side bar counts. I understand the necessity of having an up-to-date snapshot of the size of the book, but for me it is just that much more writing about writing that takes away from actual writing...
Back to the middle-of-the-night anxiety attacks again, but I think they are adjusting early for the move off daylight savings time: They are happening at 3:30 am instead of 4:30 am now and that is just too early to get up. Did get up at 6:00, took another piece out of the kiln and it is just drop-dead gorgeous. Did a little adjusting and put it back in for a final fuse. I can't tell you what it is because it is for Dave's birthday and he might read about it. It is also a Niche piece. I went from scraping together a couple of pieces I could submit to having five pieces which beg to be submitted--and I have to choose three.
Today, today a writing day. I want to see how far I can get on basics as the editor was not at all thrilled with my resistance to doing a photo count before the text is done so I may have to get at least a first pass on the text done so I can do a photo count. The project photos I can fudge--I know about what they will take. But the kilnforming instructions are arguably the most important part of the book and I don't want to screw them up.
Bugger. I just remembered I left the kiln vented this morning. I have to run home and close it for the rest of the firing. While I'm there, maybe I can take the two 12"-square pieces to Dixie Glasshoppers to be drilled. When we left, one of them was still at 440 degrees Maybe now it is in the 300's and I can take it out.