Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I leaped first
Some of you might remember back in August when I posted about this little project I dreamed up. I've been working steadily on it, organizing a workshop with author and UNC-CH professor Randall Kenan, getting writers to write, scanning old photographs, and doing all the million little things that need to be done for the January 4, 2013 exhibit.
One of my more ambitious undertakings has been to put together a catalog of the photographs and stories to sell at the reception. I know there's no way people will have time to read twenty-two stories during the three-hour event. Add to that the fact that each of these amazing pieces is a tight package of literary art, meant to be read and re-read.
I'm not trying to make any money on the catalogs, just give people an opportunity to experience the fullness of the writing, re-coup some of the materials expenses, and maybe have a little left over to donate to a charity like Books for Kids out of Raleigh.
But remember when I've said I was put on earth this go-round to learn patience?
"Measure twice; cut once."
"Look before you leap."
"How many times are you going to...?"
"Haste makes waste."
"Patience is a virtue. Patience is a virtue. Patience is a virtue...."
Yep, all of the above statements have been running through my mind the past eighteen hours. In my haste to save a few dollars in printing so I could keep the cost down, I sent the file off to be printed before it was really finished (to take advantage of Cyber Monday which was extended to Tuesday). And now I'm stuck with fifty copies of the catalog, complete with errors. I didn't save a dime. I would have been better off waiting and ordering at the full price.
All of this has been a learning experience for me. I've learned about the need for deadlines and expecting people to meet them. I've learned a little more about self-publishing (including cancellation policies). I've learned that a one-page story from a found photograph can be the most powerful story I've read in a week. I've learned about mounting the stories and photos for the gallery in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. And I've used a lot of knowledge that I've acquired in other workshops, cooperative projects, and gallery events.
And guess what? I've had another lesson in patience. One day, I'm absolutely sure, it's going to stick for good. If I can just wait....