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March 24, 2018:

WACKIER AND WEIRDER

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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry for she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon. Could yesterday have been any wackier or weirder? I don’t think so. I did manage to get almost eight hours of sleep with some truly peculiar dreams. I got up, answered e-mails, got an e-mail from Amazon saying the hardcover delivery wasn’t happening until next Wednesday, at which point I called Amazon and told them that if it wasn’t getting delivered until next Wednesday I’d need to know why they charged me for it, which they cannot do until it actually ships. The nice fellow immediately refunded the money and I cancelled the order.

I then got word that the soft and hardcover from the publisher were indeed being delivered and I was provided a tracking number. I ascertained that it had, in fact, been delivered and went and picked them up. The hardcover looked very nice but it has a problem, a minor one, but one that makes no sense. So, I called my gal at Author House, she looked at the galley I’d approved and saw what I was talking about right away. This particular galley was laid out in a way none of my others were, which is why I think I just thought it was all fine. First of all, we provide a locked PDF and the only thing they can do to it is drop in the copyright page. They cannot adjust anything else. She then looked at our PDF and saw that what we sent in was perfect and their galley had somehow slightly changed it. It’s not anything that anyone would really notice – it doesn’t involve the text or layout or anything like that, so we decided to place my order so we could get everyone their books. She and I then contacted the guy who oversaw this – he’s normally been a terrific guy, which is why I always ask for him, but he was taking no responsibility for this and just kept saying he’s out of the process now because to fix this slight thing we actually have to resubmit it and go through the galley process again. So, thankfully my nice gal is going to handle that – it’s their fault so nothing will cost money to fix, and frankly she’s kind of appalled at the way her company has been on this book. I’ve written and left messages for people and have had no response from anyone other than this woman. I’m going to bring this to a head on Monday – I will get someone on the phone who will explain this behavior to me, or she will find out why this is happening. In any case, if I ultimately reorder, then those will be fixed and any copies Amazon sells will be, too. All that said, it’s a handsome looking book.

I had another egg salad sandwich and side Caesar for lunch, then came home and finished another set of liner notes. I visited with Grant for a bit, went to Ralph’s and got some salad from their salad bar, with red wine vinegar, and that vegetable roll that I’d had the previous night – for my evening snacks. Then I came home and did more work whilst eating the snacks. Then occasional dear reader Leslie asked if we could have a movie night for she and her daughter, so they came and we watched Silence of the Lambs. I’d just seen it a few weeks ago, but I never tire of watching it and the daughter hadn’t seen it and I do believe she rather loved it. They left, and I relaxed and listened to music.

Today, I’ll be up by eight-thirty, and then I’ll go have a light breakfast whilst she of the Evil Eye does her thing. Then I’ll come home, work on the Kritzerland show and do a little work at the piano, and then I’ll just relax and watch stuff.

Tomorrow I have a work session for the Kritzerland show – we have never ever been this far behind, where we haven’t even announced the show or begun selling tickets – it’s absolutely nuts and I’m really tired of this stuff. After the work session, I have a dinner to go to. Then Monday is our first Kritzerland rehearsal, Wednesday is our second rehearsal followed by a dinner I have to go to downtown, then we may be meeting about the Richard Sherman concert, then comes our stumble-through, and then sound check and show. We’ll also be announcing two CD releases this week, both of them musical theatre releases.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, eat, work on the Kritzerland show, work at the piano, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy that the wacky and weirder is over.

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