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February 22, 2020:

THE FINAL PROOFING OF THE ALMOST-FINISHED DESIGNED BOOK

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Well, dear readers, we had a nice show last night to a small but appreciative audience.  The small audience is irritating, of course, and one of my major irritants is how few people from the company actually come see the shows.  There are a few folks I see at every show and good on them – the others I will simply never understand, but that’s just me.  Our actress did fine and she gets two more shows to strut her stuff.  After the show, I stopped and got a Subway Club, since I’d only had a hot dog much earlier in the day.  I came home and ate that, and it wasn’t great, frankly.

Prior to that, I got about seven hours of sleep, maybe, kinda, sorta.  Once up, I answered e-mails, then went to Staples and had the rough-up of the book printed – I can’t do that anymore – it’s hugely expensive with this book and I just can’t afford it.  But Grant needed it and I popped for it.  Whilst they did it, I went and had the chili, cheese, and onion hot dog, which was pretty good.  I also had a side Caesar.  Then I picked up the book, came home, and spent an hour and a half going through it and circling the major stuff he had to fix, most of it to do with style.

He came over and got it and I listened to music, read a bit more of the Chinatown book, then showered and got ready to go to the theater.  I did have a few weird text volleys, but that passed quickly.  Then I moseyed on over to the theater and saw the show.

When I got home, I was surprised and delighted to find a new designed book file, this one correctly laid out with mostly everything fixed.  I kind of paged through it and can see we still have stuff to fix.  The book will be at least 520 pages.  I suppose I could print it out here but I’m not sure how you do double-sided.  I guess I can read up on it, IF my printer even does it.  But it looks very good and he still has to add the two photo sections.

Today, I can sleep in as late as I sleep in, once up I can be up and do the usual things I do when once up.  I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, and then eat something light, but mostly I’ll be writing commentary and proofing the book.  If I don’t print it out, then I have to make an easy-to-read document where I reference each fix by page and paragraph number.  Frankly, that’s kind of a pain in the ASS, but we’ll see how it goes.  Otherwise, I’ll take it easy, watch stuff, listen to music, and I shan’t be seeing tonight’s show or tomorrow’s for that matter.  Wow, I just looked up double-sided printing for my Epson – you have to do it page by page!  How stupid is that?  You print one side, then you have to physically turn it over and print on the other side – that would take all damn day is what that would take and therefore I shan’t be doing it.

Tomorrow is more of the same – finishing the commentary, finishing the hat, proofing the book, and then I’m having supper with the Jones people at six.  That will be a lot of fun and I’m very much looking forward to it.  Monday, I’ll try to finish proofing the book, then we have our first Kritzerland rehearsal, which I’m looking forward to.  The rest of the week is meetings and meals, doing book stuff, announcing one new Kritzerland title and two things that we’ve found stock on in the move to the warehouse – two long out-of-print show titles, limited stock of course, but given that one of them sells for two hundred bucks and the other sells for seventy, I think they’ll be snapped up pretty quickly.  Thursday is our second Kritzerland rehearsal, Friday I’ll see our show, Saturday is our stumble-through, and then I’ll relax and rest my voice, and then Sunday we have sound check and show.  And then the following week I have to start planning the April Kritzerland show and get the book to the publisher.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in, do the usual things I do, hopefully pick up packages, eat something light, write commentary, and mostly proof the book.  Additionally, I’ll listen to music and watch something.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite famous quotations?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have almost the final book to proof.

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