|Exploring images of Irish dolmens yesterday...one is the Brownshill dolmen on the right, and I have no idea where the other is...|
I had a couple of pieces of business that were keeping me from immersing myself in working on the class on Meaning-full Journaling I've mentioned here before...at least let's just blame them, okay? One of them had been hanging fire, as a friend used to say, for weeks (well, months, really), and the other just came up yesterday, but I needed to DEAL with them.
Clear the decks, AND my mind.
I've received an inquiry about republishing a couple of my out of print books as eBooks--honestly, the initial contact was months ago when I was still reeling from the two deaths in the family and I just didn't want to think about it. I finally restablished contact a few weeks ago and we're in the contract-negotiation phase now.
Let me just say that I HATE reviewing contracts. I've dealt with dozens of them and you'd think it would be a piece of cake by now, but...it isn't. The wording's confusing, publishing changes, and eBooks work differently from print books, of course. Not exactly rivetting reading, either, frankly.
So my beloved Author's Guild, to which I've belonged for decades, looked over the contract and offered some brilliant suggestions, which I needed to get into the form I could send to the publisher.
And then I couldn't find their email with the original contract. I DID find my printed-out version, so had to enter all the requests and changes onto that, then transcribe.
Are you asleep yet?
Anyway, finally DONE, and sent off...the other publisher who contacted me about those same books hasn't responded, so we'll see where we go from here. I'll announce here if it works out!
The other thing I needed to deal with and consider was an offer to illustrate a proposed Quarto Book, on birds. Those books are gorgeous, well-designed, elegant, beautifully printed...they like my work, and they sound lovely to work with.
But it had a deadline that would mean some real nose-to-grindstone time as well as putting off the class, and I just wasn't willing. Those things always take more energy and time than I originally set aside for them. (My "80-100" illustrations for The Walker's Companion, years ago, turned into nearly 300, as I recall...not all of which were used, I think.)
And frankly, I'm just not in the place where I want to fit anyone else's timetable or requirements any more. Or anyone else's ideas! I've got plenty of my own...
I don't know how long it will take me to actually get the class ready to go, but I want to put my love and energy there. I want to make it worth it.