Greetings from Ivyland. I traveled out to Daniel Johnston's secret lair in east Texas, and he nailed the final bit of dialogue I needed from him. All of the "Drama" sections of the musical are complete and mixed, and I'm tidying up the final details. I had a fabulous adventure finishing up the intro and outro overtures, which, of course, needed full orchestration, like a hollywood movie. (Call the Teen String Force for a splash of symphony! Saxes and Horns for a 30 second big band extravaganza, straight outa 1938!) Out of the 31 separate tracks that make up the musical (16 tunes, and 15 drama sections) I've just got 5 songs that need one touch of finishing work each, and then they will be mixed. And the finished stuff sounds better than it's ever sounded, just like a final mix should.
Closer and Closer I get! Valerie is doing a handful more lovely illustrations for the intro and lyric sections of the book. With luck on my side, I'll be going to mastering within a month or 2, and then we just need to assemble your packages and send them off.
Once again, thank you for your help and patience. You'll have your own "Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase" real soon, I promise!