Monday, June 04, 2007

The Week Begins

No coffee yet and no music on iTunes--a morning of silence to mark the MIA status of the actual iPod. The democrats debate Iran and immigration, Russia tests and plans to deploy nuclear missiles aimed at Europe... the world was a much simpler place before media became ubiquitous. It's almost too much for the mind to hold and continue to function to KNOW what's happening in Darfur, e.g., and to go on with a normal life here. Yet a normal life is what I have, and I give profound thanks this morning for it.

Despite temps in the 80's in the shipping room (studio annex... oh if you must, GARAGE!) orders continue to go out on schedule. Today I champ at the bit to actually finish the photography of all my current inventory and subsequently the wholesalecrafts.com pages and the electronic catalog. Next electronic tasks? My own website (time to move it off EZNettools and into a format where it can be easily and meaningfully edited) and the artist cards I have blathering on about for the past several months.

The color lasers went back to the publisher today and they will soon wing their way to China for printing. Yes, even my book will be Made in China. Sad really. As documented here over the past year+, the experience of writing the book has been a real roller coaster. And like roller coasters, it ended with a slow, straight, pull into the station: a gentle, non-hurried re-read over the weekend as part of the last proof stage. Boy is it dense! Due to the error with the page count, there is a lot of information packed into a very tight space with hardly any filler words. When I read it I thought there was almost too much to take in. How do you condense 20 years of doing something, all the little tricks, tips and bits of sage advice you might have into 128 pages--with projects?!? But it is what it is, and it's time to let it go out into the world on its own. Four months and four weeks from today. Another reason to get working on my website so I can make a Book page where I can correct errors, answer questions, sell signed copies...

3 comments:

Bill Paley said...

That's right, you have a book coming out, don't you?

How do you like that?

Brenda Griffith said...

Sarcasm! And so early in the week too...

And I didn't even post that I started out the day by being a driver for swim class for J's summer camp. I managed to squeeze *6* kids in the back of the minivan to watch Chicken Little this time.

Not at all like my grad school days when I could fit 20 in the back of my 1967 GMC Suburban (no seats in the back, it was Chicago in the winter and therefore COLD, and not too many of us had cars).

Bill Paley said...

...you forgot the pizzas...