days have been swirling by in a blur of printing and packaging. i’m too tired to use the caps key.
one day printing from say 6 a.m. until 3 when i have to take a nap, getting up and doing more until i go to bed for the night or the cat won’t let me work anymore; and the next day matting and packaging on the same schedule. yesterday first time that i had to make two trips to Fedex on the same day because i couldn’t carry it all on one trip.
and that – yesterday – was the big push. now i have about four of the large prints (15 x 19 and up) to get through and figure out where to put them to dry; and tomorrow (thurs) everything that is scheduled for Christmas delivery should be on the way.
then there are three new yorkers coming by on friday to pick up prints.
It’s been very lucky that this season went hectic on me because the year had been a washout which I chalked up to the recession. On the other hand, I spent a lot of time during the year making sure the site was ready for xmas; and doing what I called the pre-season sale. I can see that the sale helped big time – which is why everyone in the world does sales.
The only glitch, in the middle of the frenzy was running out of yellow ink which ShadesOfPaper.com was good enough to overnight to me for free. I can’t say enough about the service those guys offer. On top of that – somewhere in the blur they had a half-off sale (speaking of sales) on the Epson Exhibit paper and I really stocked up then which was smart.
Yesterday, I was so busy that I didn’t notice that somehow the radio signal on the blackberry had shut off somehow and had been off for two days. Weird. I looked at the thing which didn’t have email or calls for two days and wasn’t making outgoing calls and realized the thing had turned itself off. Whatever.
On top of that – the Zazzle stuff continues to sell, I wish I knew who was buying it, which is something I can’t see in Zazzle; and I keep adding items when I have a break.
None of this could have been done in the darkrooms days. No way. Just to start off with, the number of sizes I offer, and even the Zazzle stuff, since all the digital files are already prepared for printing. It’s just a matter of uploading them to Z and sticking my name and title on them, and some description which I usually copy and paste from the store website. I have nothing to do with those sales which is the real blessing, and I have just upped my royalty on the posters to 45%. I may go higher with that later.
I also have three lessons scheduled for the new year; so when this is over with I had better get a haircut and get my clothes cleaned. I’m walking around like a bum.
Okay – time for a nozzle check on the 7800. Sure, it needs to be cleaned. Which is why I tend to print for a day, and then package the next. Otherwise I’d be doing nozzle checks around the clock. Ciao.
[hopefully this doesn't come across as whining. just the way it is right now. these are the times i wish i was 25 years younger. man, in the film making days we'd often do 18 hour days. i remember one shoot where we worked three days in a row without sleep. i also remember thinking at the time that this was the sort of life that would be impossible when i got older. i was on the track to be a cinematographer then. i looked at the older cinematographers, i just wondered how, physically, they were able to endure the hours.]