Progress Update and Mini-Calendar Project!
Em hotep (in peace)!
BACKERS ONLY: You should also receive a separate backer update, with a URL in it so you can download your free copy of the August 2015-2016 mini-calendar gift. If you ordered via egyptiandaybook.com, or you didn't receive your Kickstarter update for some reason, please contact me at email@example.com and I will make sure you get it.
The Chronokrater are continuing to drive me insane. I calculated that I had to read through approximately 27,000 pages of texts to extract that data. I am down to the last two volumes of the 8-volume set, which means there are still several thousand pages of data left to collate. This of course means that the Daybook is not ready to go for Wep Ronpet (Egyptian New Year, this upcoming August 3), as I had hoped.
However, before I left for the New Year's celebrations, I had another mini-calendar designed with the new holidays through August 2016, as a gift for the backers who have waited so patiently for me to finish. It's like the one from last year, but now has new data for the new year included. As soon as I return home (August 11), I am free from having to do any other trips or work but the Daybook for the next several weeks, and I am hopeful that push will get me closer to the coveted publication. It's exciting, and I am definitely still working on this. It's taking much more time to put together with the extra data, because there is just so much of it and the collation has to be done by hand (there's no database or other computer-assisted way to deal with this data right now; it's eyeballs reading German and hieroglyphs, and pulling out relevant bits).
Thank you again, so much, for all of your patience and your support over this time. I know it has been quite a while since I wanted to have this book out, and it means a great deal to me to know you're still as excited about the final product as I am.
I've decided to print a few copies of the mini-calendar PDF that the backers get for free (spiral bound, like a wall calendar) to offer for sale to anyone who might be interested in one, to help subsidize my time off so I can work on nothing but the Daybook. If you'd be interested in a printed mini-calendar for August 2015-2016, featuring Megan's amazing art and all the ancient Egyptian holidays in their proper positions, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll explain how you can get one.
Let me know if you have any problems, questions, comments, or curses! and thank you all, so much, again.