The week was INTENSE. Today I'm in Florida and unpacking my tools and I was pronouncing the word in my head with the emphasis on the "IN" part of the word. Then I had a thought bubble, "Hey, maybe that's really what the word means "in tense" ... that you are in a tense situation. Oh well, this is how I occupy myself sometimes ... with crazy, nonsensical thoughts!
So, Monday morning arrived. I got to the "nice" warehouse-like building of North Light's studio ... it kinda looked like something from a movie set ... temporary walls, a kitchen-like setting ... many LARGE rooms with lights set up for photography. But I was like a deer in the headlights! I was so afraid I had forgotten something that, in fact, I couldn't find the "L" bracket and the hose clamp for the torch! So Rachel and I went to the hardware store ... which is something they admonish you about ... that the week isn't designed for the editor to be driving you all around picking up supplies you forgot! Ooops! It was only later in the week that Rachel showed me the bracket and clamp I had packed ... only I had stashed the box under a table with bubble wrap gently resting on top of them. So, technically, I didn't forget anything!
The days go like this. The editor sits at her computer and reads back to me the directions I wrote of how to make the projects. She reads it one step at a time as I recreate the piece. There were many times I modified the directions to something that worked a little better. Since I make nearly all of my own components, with the exception of most chains, it was a lot to do in a week.
We were shooting (no pun intended) for getting 5 projects done in a day. Monday we got 4 done, Tuesday was lunch with the sales reps and we got four projects done. Wednesday when Rachel picked me up at the hotel I told her we were getting five done that day. The night before I had looked through the Table of Contents and selected 5 projects, which I reread. I made notes of things I needed to do the minute I got to the studio ... like dipping metal into liquid enamel so it could dry by the time I needed to work with it. We got 4 projects done and had started the 5th.
The next morning I told Rachel, "We're getting 6 projects done today." She raised her eyebrows. By that I meant, 6 new projects. In fact, that day, we finished 7 projects, the one we had started the day before, and the 6 new projects I told her we would get accomplished. So, I don't know if you're feeling any tension when reading this ... but I am as I'm writing it!
However, during the week there was never a harsh word spoken ... only a supportive and encouraging environment existed. Rachel says the book will be "technique rich." There are a lot of metal pieces, which are simply made ... requiring no soldering, no sawing ... only cutting with metal snips and hammering. Most projects use a two-hole punch.
So these will be my last words about my book for a long while. What I want to talk about on Monday, is DO YOU HAVE A BOOK IN YOU!