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A pocket reference for the punctual archaeologist.
10/8/17 - All KS backers with valid address are shipped! Website backers continue.
10/8/17 - All KS backers with valid address are shipped! Website backers continue.
314 backers pledged $17,144 to help bring this project to life.

December 2014 update

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It's time for another update on the Ancient Egyptian Daybook.

Since our last update, I've been continuing the work on adding the Chronokrater ("Time Lords"), or the gods of each day of the ancient Egyptian year, to our Daybook project. You can read Update 28 and Update 31 for more information on what that process entails and how it's been going.

Adding that material, essentially, created an entirely new book. Even the formatting for every single day has had to change, to accommodate one or often more than one deity's inclusion, along with the relevant footnotes and data. Despite working as hard as I can on the project given that I cannot currently make it my top priority since I still have to pay rent, I am still hard at work. Taking a long enough break to look at a secular calendar and compare the holiday deadlines for printing and editing, I don't think that this will be completed in time for it to be out to each of you by Christmas, and for that I am deeply sorry. I am working, however, and I am working to get this out as soon as possible. I think the person who is the most disappointed about this is myself. I want so very much to share this with all of you!

Backers - if you have not already, please see Update 30 (which is locked down only to backers, hence no linking here), where you can download a wall-calendar version of the Daybook for your use until I can get the "big book" printed and out to you. 

Also: please let me know what you think about maybe having a printed version of that download made available (either just to you, or to anyone who wanted one), with a spiral binding like a standard wall calendar? I could have one printed up if there was interest, to tide people over until our main project is complete. That could also possibly offer a small bit of funding that would cut down on time I have to spend on other projects, and more time to do the Daybook!

Lesson learned for me: make sure you budget enough into the Kickstarter campaign to take time off from other work to complete your project. Several of my friends who did just that are going to have their books out on time. While this project did make quite a bit of money, after taxes (youch) and the amount of money it's going to cost to have it printed and then shipped to 400-odd people plus all the libraries on our library list...I'm unlikely to have anything left over, and have not spent any of the money that is in the savings account, given that it will be needed for printing and shipping as well as paying my editors. 

Now, I'm not mentioning any of that as an excuse, merely as an explanation. I didn't want for this project to run as long as it has, but it's not been for lack of trying. I will keep you updated and hope to have good news in a couple more weeks in terms of a concrete release date.

Thank you all, once again, for your support and your patience. In the meantime, please log into Kickstarter and make sure your email is up to date, so that when it comes time to send out the surveys to verify your mailing address and backing levels, I have the right information!

(c) Punch, 1983
(c) Punch, 1983
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    1. Jen the Viking
      Superbacker
      on December 14, 2014

      Thank you for the update.

    2. Joni Teter on December 10, 2014

      Thanks for the update, Tamara. You asked: please let me know what you think about maybe having a printed version of that download made available (either just to you, or to anyone who wanted one), with a spiral binding like a standard wall calendar? I could have one printed up if there was interest, to tide people over until our main project is complete. That could also possibly offer a small bit of funding that would cut down on time I have to spend on other projects, and more time to do the Daybook!"

      If you can put a printed version together without too much time/effort, that seems like a good thing to do - an opportunity to get a little $$ for the print version, and market the Daybook as well. Just in time for holiday gift-giving for the Egyptophiles of the world!

    3. Terry on December 8, 2014

      Thanks for the update! I figured with all the additional information it would take longer than anticipated. Now I know, and can plan my Christmas buying accordingly!