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March 9, 2017:

CAUGHT IN THE NICK OF TIME

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Well, dear readers, we had us a real luck out late last night. I got an e-mail from the gal who’s converting the new book into eBook format – she’s not part of the publisher, it’s someone I use to do it. She said there was a page missing in the galley I’d sent (the one I’d signed off on from the publisher) and in the missing page’s place was a repeated page – in other words instead of page 73 being followed by page 74 it was followed by page 79, which was followed by page 75, after which everything was fine, including the actual page 79. I couldn’t believe it. We send a finished PDF that cannot be altered save for them dropping in the copyright page. Therefore, when I get the galley I skim through it quickly, not every page, basically just making sure it’s the proper number of pages (it was, of course) and checking through the beginning and ending. There is no reason to do more nor have I ever done more in the past fourteen books. So, everyone got very strong e-mails and hopefully by the time I wake up this morning I’ll have a corrected galley and they can explain to me how this happened – and obviously it has to be stopped at the printers and the printers have to nuke that mistaken file and use the new one. Hopefully it won’t slow things down more than a day or two. I double-checked not only my final PDF that Grant had sent, but what he actually sent to them – both were, of course, perfect and correct. If this eBook person had not caught this, I would have gotten my printed book samples and certainly would not have caught it, I would have ordered copies and sent them out and let me tell you I would have then had many concerned messages about it. So, thank goodness this woman caught it when she did. It’s already up at Amazon, so I’ve told them they cannot ship any to Amazon until this is fixed. Why it’s up at Amazon before I actually have my copies is anyone’s guess. So, that was my evening drama.

Before we get started, here are some more damn videos from Sunday’s show. First up is Marc Ginsberg doing Letters That Cross in the Mail.

Next we have Sarah Uriarte Berry doing the infamous Queen Bee from the Streisand A Star is Born.

Here’s Guy Haines’ replacement doing Terminal.

Here’s Carly Bracco doing Everything, also from A Star is Born.

Here’s Sarah Uriarte Berry bringing down the house with Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead.

Here’s Rupert himself doing The Old School.

And finally, here’s Rupert doing the delicious Beef Lo Mein.

Yesterday was a pleasant day, save for the evening drama, which I really didn’t need, but better caught than not. I was up at ten after eight hours of sleep. Then Kay Cole came by and we went and did The Broadway Radio Show with Donald Feltham, and we had a great time doing it. It will air this Sunday right here at haineshisway.com. After that, Kay and I went and had some food and talked about the new musical we’re working on together, and then the act we’ll be creating for a July performance at The Federal. That was fun, too.

I then picked up a couple of packages and came home. I did some work on the computer, had some telephonic calls, had a slightly irritating e-mail – nothing terrible just irritating as e-mails can be every now and then. I listened to more of the Bernstein box set, which really is excellent (I have imported all 25 CDs into iTunes, but am nuking some that I don’t really need there beyond the initial listing). I’m thinking that the theater stuff from Columbia was indeed newly remastered because it just seems to sound better. Finally, I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the new Blu and Ray of Francois Truffaut’s film of Fahrenheit 451. I was praying it would finally be a great transfer – some of it looks perfectly fine, but the majority of it is just weird looking to me – too soft and undefined in the long shots and even medium shots should have a lot more definition than they do. The color is not bad at all, so that’s nice. But the dye transfer prints of Fahrenheit were gorgeous. That said, there are a huge number of opticals in the film and of course those are naturally of lesser quality. Certainly, for me, a disappointment.

After that, I uploaded all the damn videos, which took a bit of time, then I got that nutty e-mail about the page problems, wrote everyone I needed to, told Grant about it, and then took a shower.

Today, a couple of folks are picking things up here, otherwise I’ll just make notes on the new musical and also finish proofing the audio book so he can record all his fixes. I believe Brittney is going to him on Friday to record what didn’t get recorded even though she thought it had. I’ll eat, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, and then I’ll relax.

I’m not sure what’s up tomorrow or the weekend, really – we shall see what it all brings. I may or may not have a new Kritzerland CD release to announce. I also may have to see a show over the weekend.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, make notes, proof the audio book, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Julie Christie, who plays not one but two roles in Fahrenheit 451? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy that the eBook woman caught this horrible mistake in the nick of time.

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