the production week from hell
Let me tell you about my week. It began at 9.30 Sunday evening when Jess came over to finish the magazine. She came with 68 pages for a 56-page magazine. By 8.00 the next evening I was pasting together the mock-up. Yes, that’s right 22 1/2 hours later we were finished. We each had a 20-minute sleep break. Allan drove me to the printers at 9.00 to drop the disks off, as I just wanted to get them there, now that they were overdue by a week. I did not take another sick day from work on Tuesday. I had to get the newsletter for my other job finished to go to the printer to get done before Christmas break. I was at that job until 10.45pm. The cleaners had just arrived as I was leaving. I very much wanted to go to sleep at this point, but I needed to work on a grant application due on Thursday. On Wednesday, the printers neglected to pick up the newsletter disk, so I needn’t bothered to have stayed so late the night before. At 5.15 Wednesday evening, the lip printers call to say the disk didn’t work. By 7.30 I was at Jess’s house to pick up the new disks she burned. Getting around by bus until my partner could pick me up and drive me once again to the printers, I didn’t get there until 9.30. I stayed until every single file was copied to one of their computers. Then I came home to finish off the grant. I finished that off at 2.30 in the morning. I dropped it off this morning. I think everything is over now and I can get some sleep, have a relaxing weekend in Wagga and celebrate my 29th birthday. However, I have to get all the mailing envelopes ready so at least subscribers will get their copies of the mag before January. I have pretty much no chance in hell now of getting the magazine to newsagencies before Christmas. Bummer.