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August 18, 2017

All was going well until yesterday.

I’ve been working on the layout, putting photos in and taking them out again,  moving stanzas from one column to another, micromanaging the typography down to the last 8-point character-space in an 11-pt line which would not otherwise fit. The working title has been abandoned in favour of a better one suggested this morning by Fiona. Thanks, Fiona! Thanks too to Bill of Vineyards Press for his generous insights on the finer points of  page-design. And to Peter for purging the poems of whimsy.

So what happened yesterday? I’d printed, trimmed and collated the first seven chapters and was printing the eighth when my printer made a funny noise and stopped. It demanded that I turn it off. I googled the problem without much success. I peered into the innards and they remained inscrutable. I looked at its paperwork and saw that it’s nearly six-and-a-half years old, which must be at least 96 in human years. The new printer will be here next week and I anticipate a stormy honeymoon. Will we get on or will we hate each other? Will I meet my deadline?

Meanwhile I’m contact-dyeing rag-paper with leaves from the Butleigh trees, and covering boards with indigo resist-dyed cloth for the hard covers. It makes a welcome change from staring at a screen. Fiona has just given me some indigo yarn which I hope to use for the Coptic sewing of ten sections of unequal thickness. This is going to be a beast of a book!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Clare permalink
    August 18, 2017 9:19 pm

    Looking forward to meeting The Beast! x

  2. Jane Paterson permalink
    August 19, 2017 10:51 am

    Dear Ama So sorry about death of the printer and hope the new one turns out to be a good friend. If you need any more indigo thread etc I have a collection and am very happy to deliver! Love, Jane

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. August 19, 2017 1:40 pm

    Thanks, you two!

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