One of the ways I have 'survived' as a starving artist is to be very clear about what outcome I hope for, and what outcome I expect. The two are - at times - wildly divergent. I was disappointed so many times in my early years, hoping and expecting a show or project would be great. When it wasn't a great outcome, I would second guess myself and be disappointed. I learned to have high hopes but prepare for the 'worst' - whatever that meant in the context of the event.
So when I ploughed ahead with The Book, I had hope that it would be of value to people and that it would be well received.
What I expected? That eventually it would pay for itself.
With my expectations firmly in the forefront of my mind I set up a system to track orders. I had a small filing box and as the orders came in I filed them alphabetically so that if there were questions I could easily find the orders.
As the number of orders grew I set up two filing folders: A-M and N-Z.
This morning I added a third folder. A-E, F-M and N-Z. I will also bring out a banker's box because those three folders will not fit into the small filing box.
I did not expect there to be very many orders via blurb until after the introductory offer was complete. It has been with some amazement I have seen orders arrive in my blurb account. Some people are obviously taking advantage of ordering through blurb to also order Magic in the Water.
I feel very humble this morning. And extremely grateful to the weaving community for the support they are showing for this effort.