Thursday, 5 March 2009
Last weekend and most of this week's evenings were spent fretting and working away on Lesley-Anne's manuscript and PDF files for the "Medieval Medecine" Book. It occurred to me at the weekend that we only had 3 weeks to order a sample copy, wait for it to arrive, check it over, order a bulk order, and wait for that to come...all before the 26th of March. Cutting it very very fine, and after some rapid-fire emails to and fro, we finally agreed to go for the final order tonight without seeing the sample first. It's a case of cross fingers, cross legs and hope the printers (and the Royal Mail) do their bit. Lulu's delivery options have had us rather bewildered, with new options I've never seen before and prices far in excess of anything I've ever paid. But the hard work has all been done, to my (and Lesley's) satisfaction, so all we need do now is...wait.
A trip to Borders last night didn't locate my slightly late royalty cheque from Head Office, but I did notice that "Maranatha" had sold out - again - and we seem to have shifted most of the "Mandrakes" too (2 left on shelves, from 5 or 6 copies delivered). I spent most of Saturday shredding "Maranatha" and have now submitted the 9th revision of the text...with luck it'll be the last, too. Every time I picked up a copy of the book lately and read a paragraph, another glitch jumped out me and made me cringe. So I decided to eliminate all those little problems, some of which definitely have been caused by very late cuts to the text, others by rushed revisions that I didn't have time to proofread properly. Some few, no doubt, have remained simply because having read the entire thing several dozen times over, the eye and the mind tend to skip certain portions of text. I'm a bit peeved at myself for having released books out there with those tiny (but irritating) glitches. But the new edition will put paid to all those annoyances soon. It leaves me, however, with five print copies of the old flawed edition which I'm now rather unsure what to do with.
Last week, flush from the "Last Gas Pump" review, I threw together another little video trailer for that project, which now joins the "Maranatha" clip at the bottom of this very page. I recorded the cruddy slide guitar work completely live and unrehearsed - having aimed at a "retarded Ry Cooder" kind of sound. I think I nailed the first half of that, at least.
As a result of all of the above (as well as my little-mentioned, but still time- and energy-consuming day job), I am now officially Taking Five in the company of some flat cider and a Velvet Underground DVD.
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