Last week of writing!

This crown’s from early medieval Central Asia, and I just put it in because I love it.

Looks like I missed posting last Friday; well, that’s what happens when I’m in the last week of writing a book before the deadline, and my corporate taxes have to be filed this week too.

Feeling a little over-committed, and at the same time aware that although the IRS will for sure hold me to their deadline, my publisher is probably not so committed to absolute deadlines, and would rather have a better book a week later.

This is what a finished page looks like (before the illustrator redraws it)

Still, without deadlines the book would never get done, so I’m still aiming for the original deadline (next Monday! Less than a week from now!). I’m most of the way there. I’ve typed out the captions for all 120 panels, and the main captions for all 15 pages. That’s the third draft of the book, for those of you who want reassuring that everybody needs to revise.

Now I’m sketching the pictures to go with each of those 120 panels. I’m almost a third of the way done with those – into the Iron Age! I’m not the illustrator for this book, so my drawings aren’t the ones that will really be in the book. I’m just trying to give the illustrator an idea of what I’m looking for. I’m also collecting photographs and drawings that might be helpful in a file to send her.

Oh, and also I’m supposed to spend Thursday in New York attending a meeting with Google reps and my ad brokers to discuss the advertising on Study Guides and what Google thinks I should be doing with the website, and like that. Which is usually a lovely day with lots of swag and free lunch, but comes at kind of an awkward time for me right now.

Oh yeah, and Thursday’s also my birthday so people keep asking me what am I doing for my birthday? Stay tuned, people! (Probably enjoying the Google lunch, is what I will be doing.)

Okay, I can’t spend too much time on the blog this week, but I’ll try to post again on Friday when things are really getting to the deadline. If you have any feedback on the page layout or anything, I’d be delighted to hear it!

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