At this point you're probably wondering, how much can this chick write about herself in one day? Well, I've got a month to catch up on! Unlucky you, having to slog through it all just to find out what the status of VRT is. So let's talk about something besides the book for a minute.
First and foremost, the cards are being printed! !!! Someone from Llewellyn's art department is in Belgium right now doing the press check. (I wonder if she felt uncomfortable about traveling to Europe, the way things are right now? In one sense, it might be the safest time of all to travel. Because everyone's paying so much more attention.)
Anyway, I hear that the cards look great! I can't wait to see proofs. I'm not sure how much actual input I'll get, but still, it will be fantastic to see the actual cards on the actual paper stock, the way they'll actually look in the actual deck. (trivia question: Has anyone got a copy of The Rutles? What's the name of that reporter played by Eric Idle who says "actually" over and over?)
In other news, the deadline for the book illustrations is bearing down on me. Yes, I know I promised I'd talk about something besides the book. But since these are illustrations that go inside the book, it doesn't really count.
I had done a bunch of scans some time ago, for these illustrations. And I sent a CD with a few samples to Hollie. She wrote back and said that they were very concerned about their ability to print them, so I should hold off and not do any more until they figured out what to do.
And so I turned my attention to other things, and like an idiot, never noticed that weeks had gone by and I hadn't done those illustrations. Didn't think about them at all in fact, until Joanna wrote just before Thanksgiving to say that I should go ahead and do what we had talked about. And then she wrote again this past Monday, to remind me that the book goes to the printer on December 6, and how were those illustrations coming along?
So now I am in a bit of a spot. I'll have to finish them this weekend, to send to Joanna on Monday. That will only give her two/three days (depending on how early Monday she gets them) to make sure they work and drop them into the book. I had intended to put the files on a CD and FedEx to her, but there won't be time for that. The files will be huge, too big to email, so I will probably end up posting them on my ftp server for her to download.