So a week after I spend $75 to send the newly-reprinted bookplates to Dan, guess what shows up in my postbox? That's right, THE OLD BOOKPLATES. Returned from Royal Mail Newcastle after Mack Chater's postman neglected to leave a "missed delivery" slip. On the one hand, what a relief! Don't need to ask Bill, Colleen, Carla or Richard to re-sign. On the other hand, FFFUU%*U($U()%U$U%&$)@()()_)_#$I.
I told Dan to chuck the bookplates. They are the exact same design as the magically returned signed ones, only bigger. So it would look like crap to have two bookplates with the same design and slightly different sizes in your books, savvy? And you all have been waiting so long and stuck with me through so much, I SHALL NOT LET ANYTHING BE CRAP.
Meanwhile, I thought of a MUCH BETTER plan that I am now kicking myself for not thinking up earlier. I am making up small, individual bookplates than I can send out to our remaining five artists signing (Alice, Rajko, Dan, Mack, and Milton). This means if one set gets lost, it's not a disaster. And that it will be much faster as artists will sign their bookplates and send back to me, rather than organising this hellacious round-robin.
The new, new bookplates are in the form of stamps and file addenda to our TOP SECRET tip-in page ("EXEMPT FROM AUTOMATIC DECLASSIFICATION AS PER EO 11653 SEC 5(E)(2)", etc) so those with $60 and up pledges' books will have the air of a well-thumbed secret service file document. Just finishing the final design for the fifth bookplate, then will print them next week after I am paid.