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Ron
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0 posted 12-03-2003 01:25 PM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

But not, unfortunately, Merry Christmas.

I got the proofs for the book yesterday. Hard to believe, but it took FedEx 6 days to deliver a supposedly "overnight" package. According to their tracking system, the first time they tried to deliver the package their driver marked it as a "bad address." Living out in the sticks sucks when people can't find you. They returned on Monday, but I wasn't home to sign for it. They stuck a thingy on my door, I signed it and stuck it back on the door, and the proofs were FINALLY waiting for me when I got home from class last night.

Had the proofs arrived as scheduled, and had I overnighted them back the next day, our books would have shipped from the printers on December 23. Seems when I applied pressure to get them out before Christmas, they took me a little too literally? That obviously would not have been "enough" before Christmas to really matter to those who wanted to give books as gifts. I'm a little annoyed with FedEx, but the deficiencies in their system won't really matter, I guess.

The proofs look really good. Daunting, but good. The paper used isn't the same quality as will be in the book, but even with thinner paper, the book is REALLY THICK. Take our previous first two books, put them together, and they should just about equal Reflections. I already knew that, of course, but seeing it is different from knowing. It's going to be impressive, I think.

I do have to make some changes in the proofs, which is inevitably going to mean another delay. One of the authors has requested that his poem be removed, and accommodating his demand is going to mean resequencing some pages. When this happened with Visions, because of a copyright infringement, it meant virtually rebuilding the whole book, but I think I can shuffle this one a bit more efficiently. By moving an end poem into the place where his poem would have been, all the intermediate pages can remain numbered as they were. Essentially, it will mean the printer has to reshoot just two plates, rather than the whole book. Cheaper. Faster. And a whole lot easier. Still, it's going to mean a delay of at least three to five days.

Bottom line?

The books should be shipped to me sometime the first full week in January, say around the sixth or seventh. I've already hired a couple of local teens to help with the packaging and shipping to you. I'm hoping the books going to U.S. addresses will go out the same day the books hit my door, maybe the next should they arrive in the afternoon. Books going outside the U.S. will take just a little longer (I hate customs), because I'm not comfortable trusting others with the paperwork where one mistake can delay delivery a month or more.

As we get a little closer, probably in a week or two, I'll be emailing everyone and asking them to confirm their shipping address. Some, I know have moved. Please watch for the email, and please respond as quickly as you can. I'd like to have all the labels printed and ready when the books get here. I'll post in the forums, here, when you can start looking for those email confirmations.

We're getting close now.
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1 posted 12-03-2003 01:47 PM       View Profile for Trillium   Email Trillium   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Trillium

Ron:  Good news! I'm sure everyone is anxious to have book in hand, but understand the mountain of work involved to get that done. You have a lot on your shoulders!  Thanks for the message and will watch for the address confirmation via e-mail.

Betty Lou Hebert

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2 posted 12-03-2003 02:16 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Sounds like it's a go!! I'm praying to the Gods that you have good weather in January so nothing delays this!!! I'm really excited about getting the book and doubly excited to know it's so big!!


Thanks for all you've done for us Ron. You are an amazing man.
Enchantress
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3 posted 12-03-2003 02:27 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Thanks for the info Ron.
I know a lot of people have been anxiously waiting.
What book cover did you decide to go with?
I know...you're a busy man, I'll be patient.
Thanks for all your time and hard work!
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4 posted 12-03-2003 02:31 PM       View Profile for skyshine   Email skyshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit skyshine's Home Page   View IP for skyshine

That's awesome news! It made my day, it really did! I'm sooo happy to hear this and thanks for the smile.

~sky

Dreams last for so long, even after you're gone...
~Jewel

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5 posted 12-03-2003 06:09 PM       View Profile for SmartChick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit SmartChick's Home Page   View IP for SmartChick

Thank you Ron for letting us know. I will be looking for the book.
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When I was little I remember hearing "Christmas comes but once a year."
thanks for making it a double header, as I think everyone who would have received in December will be happy to get another gift in January.
LOL, people used to tell me when I lived in the Interior of Alaska that I was in the sticks, yet I received an overnight FedEx package from San Diego, CA once within two days!
Thanks Ron, but make sure you get some free time to enjoy yourself, and one bonus? Less likely anything will get lost in the holiday crunch!
Happy New Year to you!
Titia Geertman
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7 posted 12-03-2003 08:57 PM       View Profile for Titia Geertman   Email Titia Geertman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Titia Geertman's Home Page   View IP for Titia Geertman

A Happy New Year it will be Ron. Now don't overwork yourself, take time off to celebrate the holidays. That's an order!
I'll just wait till the postman knocks on my door (and truly, he sometimes has to knock twice LOL).

Titia

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8 posted 12-03-2003 10:39 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

... Yeah - You'll be able to start the new year with a smile...
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9 posted 12-04-2003 12:48 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Thanks Ron, and thank goodness for those teens too I am glad you have some hands helping you. Living up here and shopping down there, I know all about Fedex, grr.  So, now you have time to play in all that snow down there right?
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10 posted 12-04-2003 01:03 AM       View Profile for BluesSerenade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BluesSerenade

Ron, thank you for all that you do, and for exceeding the limits and all your good intentions.  I really do appreciate you having me here.  This is wonderful news to be sure, of course I can only speak for myself, but I wasn't even biding my time, not for a second!  Hey, maybe I'm learning patience after all.  

Happy Holidays to you~    
Bec
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11 posted 12-04-2003 03:17 AM       View Profile for Bec   Email Bec   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bec

Ron, you are a truly amazing man. Hope all goes to plan.

B

"I'm not crazy I'm just a little unwell"~ Matchbox 20

jjote
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12 posted 12-04-2003 06:00 AM       View Profile for jjote   Email jjote   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jjote

Whew! I can just imagine all that work - let me add my smile of appreciation to what you've been doing.  (Although I wonder when that book would arrive here in my farout country - Asia).
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13 posted 12-04-2003 06:55 AM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Ron, I can almost hear your "WHEW!!"  all the way down here in Florida. LOL I know when the last books are sent out from your place will be a very big relief to you!

Thanks again for all you do for us, Ron. I know that I appreciate it, and I'm sure the others do, too.
Now, relax a little and have some restful holidays.
Hugs to you,  
Ethel
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Oh, goodie! *rubbing hands in anticipation*

I needed something to look forward to... thank you, Ron! *S*
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15 posted 12-12-2003 01:54 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


Yea! Yea! Yea!

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16 posted 12-12-2003 02:15 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Very good news oh Passionate Wizard! I learned long ago just to trust the man, for he is as ethically and morally grounded as my own father, whom I happen to hold in the deepest respect. Voices had a lot of people pacing backwards and forwards, wearing tracks in the flooring, but when it came, you could hear the exultations and praise, and one important word was learned: soon. So with Visions, I did all I had to do, then promptly forgot about it knowing the Wizard living in an oddly named place would pull through. Again, exultaions echoes across the globe when that one came. So I'll sit here, blissfully ignorant (i.e. not wearing holes in the flooring) until an email, then later a package arrives. Keep your ears open, and you'll hear what I've heard.

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17 posted 12-12-2003 03:25 PM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

  Thank you oh mighty Wiz.  I know they will be worth the wait.
Im exited!!!  
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18 posted 12-12-2003 04:35 PM       View Profile for Charisma   Email Charisma   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Charisma's Home Page   View IP for Charisma

thats great news....
Kellie_Cantrell
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19 posted 12-13-2003 12:06 AM       View Profile for Kellie_Cantrell   Email Kellie_Cantrell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kellie_Cantrell

AWESOME! I am sending my money this week!

                   Love,
             xXx~*KELLIE*~xXx
Graduation : January 29th 2004

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20 posted 12-16-2003 01:51 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ron?  I thought you'd like to see that they aren't just picking on you.  

From Rod McKuen's Flight Plan
quote:
RUSTING IN THE RAIN UPDATE

Here is the latest on when The Store at stanyanhouse.com expects to have copies of “Rusting in the Rain, New & Selected Poems.” While we had hoped it would be published in time for Christmas giving, the 175-page book is now scheduled to come out in mid-January. Later in the week you can check with stanyanhouse.com for information on advance orders.
http://www.mckuen.com/flights/flight.htm
[Emphasis added]

Seems like even the well-known names sit and wait on others as well.
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21 posted 12-18-2003 11:03 PM       View Profile for catalinamoon   Email catalinamoon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit catalinamoon's Home Page   View IP for catalinamoon

Ron, thanks for that update. I will be so happy to get these books! And Sunshine..now you made me have to go and wait for another book, I can't let one of Rods get by..
Happy Christmas to All.
Sandra
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22 posted 12-28-2003 01:20 PM       View Profile for Magnus   Email Magnus   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Magnus

My faith regarding this book,  and the man
behind it has never waned.  Patience is
a virtue needed at times.  And this is one
of them.  

I look forward to when my own arrives,  and
I shall be around for the next.

Thanx Ron...
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23 posted 12-28-2003 01:26 PM       View Profile for ThisDiamond   Email ThisDiamond   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ThisDiamond's Home Page   View IP for ThisDiamond

Thank you Ron...
Toasting your fortitude!

All good things take time.

TD
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24 posted 12-31-2003 10:46 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Ron - Since somebody took one of their poems out, I was wondering if I could slide another one of mine IN!  heh - just kidding.  Thanks for the great update, and for going through all the frustration of getting us published again.
 
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