As you may recall from last week’s post, I resolved to issue a hard copy list, just for the fun of it, for the first time in three years.
Maritime List 256 – There Must Be Some Mistake
These books are supposed to be on your shelves, not mine.
I hope you will help me correct this grievous error!
The prospect was exciting, but now I dunno… the project isn’t going as smoothly as I’d planned. In fact it feels as if it might be headed off the rails. (It all seemed so simple in the imagining – I mean, I’d already created about 200 hard copy catalogs and lists. But back in the day I was banging one out every month. I coulda done it in my sleep. This time it was more like a nightmare.)
Gathering items for the catalog, and describing and photographing them (high resolution, of course) took longer than expected, and this important part of the process was continually interrupted by my having to run across the street and sell Christmas trees.
What is it about a dusting of snow on a balsam fir?
The good news is we’ve sold 180 trees in two weeks.
The bad news is, well… I don’t think anybody will be getting their catalog before Christmas.
After I had the books processed I went online and downloaded some new free page layout software. According to the reviews it was so simple any idiot could operate it. And they were right. This idiot was able to operate it.
But the layout process involves resizing, and positioning and aligning and all sorts of tedious procedures. It’s cumbersome and time consuming, especially since I am just moving this stuff around on the page by eyeball and not using a template.
I’m not using a template because catalogs generated from templates look like they were generated from templates. Same reason I didn’t have Chrislands or one of those other companies do my website. Because all those websites look like they’ve been done by those companies… Am I making sense?
Anyway, I reckon – with all distractions – that I’ll get my PDFs to the printer by Thursday or so. If I’m lucky I’ll get proofs back on Monday December 18th. Another week to print them will get the finished product out on the 25th. Maybe Santa will deliver them. Maybe I’ll find them under my Christmas tree. Except, I don’t know if we’re going to even get a tree this year – I mean, we’ve already had 250 of them.
So should my Christmas catalog get mailed between Christmas and New Year? Or should I wait until early in January, when all the librarians have staggered back to their posts, to send my misbegotten hard copy catalog out?
If you’ve got any good advice for me, hurry up and send it!
Meanwhile, Enjoy the season. Don’t make yourself crazy with shopping. The people who love you will love you no matter what you get them.
And what is up with these booze companies that advertise on the radio to “Day drink responsibly”? I didn’t know there was such a thing as responsible day drinking.