I finished the last of the sketch editions today. That’s 979 books sketched. I still need to do #001 for the auction winner, but that one will not be a “sketch” so much as it will be “marker art.” The remaining 20 are emergency spares… except for #s 999 and 1000, which, if they’re not needed as spares, will hit the auction block.
To celebrate, I took Sandra out to dinner. Our waiter’s nametag read “Drac,” because he’s a vampire fan. He asked us if we liked Anita Blake stories by Laurell K. Hamilton. I snerked. He got worried. “Oh. You’ve heard of her and don’t like her stuff?”
“No, that’s not it at all.” I sighed and looked at Sandra, then back at ‘Drac.’ “I’m trying not to name-drop.”
“Laurell K. Hamilton wrote the intro for my second book. I like her work, and she’s actually a fan of mine, too.”
Man, I can’t go ANYWHERE. (/sarcasm)
Dinner was great. We tipped our vampiric server well (gotta stimulate the local economy, right?) and headed home feeling fatly replete.
So… the books are all sketched, which is wonderful. The bad news: My shoulder and wrist hurt.
The good news: I’m not taking any ibuprofen, and the pain is quite managable with simple hot-pack or cold-pack treatments.
More good news: I don’t have to draw anything again until Tuesday (except maybe #001 on Monday), when I can start the Buffer-Fu again.
Still more good news: I’m feeling pretty relaxed. We’re all set for Thursday’s shipping party, and Friday’s release party.
Best news: My friend and introduction-writer Brandon Sanderson will be joining me for the release party, and we may even get Dan Wells there with us for a couple of podcasts. Join us this Friday at Dragon’s Keep if you can.