Just one more month, and by God I am going to really take a day off.
Tonight, bookplate and postcard orders, and a realization of how many more thousands of dollars I must gather up from the universe to make everything appear and then disappear, and pay the final press bill. We added a lot of nice things to the press run, like gloss lamination on both sides of both covers, individual shrink wrap (so they arrive in beautiful condition), bookplates, soft, beautiful touchable paper …. it adds up.
I shocked myself by opening the Volume II layout tonight as well. I have to tell you, I didn’t expect to move from layout on I to layout on II in the same day. But frankly, it’s already in process, and there isn’t a reason in the world not to stay organized. I’ll be opening pre-orders for it (not because you need to order a year in advance, just because there are people who like to support the work, and the work needs supporting) tomorrow.
I never deluded myself into thinking I could stop for more than a few hours when the files uploaded. It’s funny and silly to get all of these emails that say, “NOW you can relax and play!” Are these people high? Maybe they think I just handed the files over to someone who’s going to do all of the rest of the work. That would be… awesome, but sadly it is incorrect. Now it’s time to do the work of a publisher. And a shipper. And a marketing division.
Miss Fish is already out, snizzling on the bed next to me with both paws straight out in front of her nose.
She has the right idea.
The Wings header page is so tight. The other half of the spread is a secret, a surprise for Jeroen, so I can’t show you. Lots of surprises left, actually, even some for my magnificent Edit Team, who probably think that they saw everything.
If so, they thought wrong. More of that long game.
Above, top of the page, beadwork and photo by Cate Jones, top, and bottom, beadwork by Gabriella van Diepen and photo by Jeroen Medema.