Daybook 1, Chronokrater 0: Getting There
The Time Lords are finished.
(If you've lost track of which Time Lords I'm referring to...check here.)
It didn't look anything like this, but in fact, it was far quieter: the last page of a volume of books containing all the holidays of every single deity recorded in the thousands of pages of the eight-volume Lexicon der Ägyptischen Götter und Götterbezeichnungen. Zigzag stopped chewing on the corner of the final book long enough to let me get a photo. [Yes, it took me slightly less than two years to get that done. Yes, it was necessary and the majority of backers agreed that it was something we wanted to add to the project even if it meant a complete rewrite and redesign in the process. Yes, it will make for a much better and more comprehensive Daybook in the end and will include material that's never been seen in English before. No, reading more than six thousand pages of tiny-type in German wasn't very much fun.]
Now that the Time Lords are all accounted for, all that data is being collated into the proper days of the calendar, and the Ancient Egyptian Daybook can take its final shape and be published.
How long will that take? I am optimistic for it happening before the end of August. I had wanted it to happen this month, and in the first week it was looking like that might have been possible. Unfortunately life had surprises for me in the form of two different family members in hospital intensive care wards in the last three weeks, and so I was unable to devote the weeks of this month solely to getting the Daybook finished that I had previously set aside for that.
I will keep working on the Daybook through this week, and then will have to resume working on the Daybook's finalization once I return from the International Congress of Coptic Studies in Los Angeles, followed by a week or so in Chicago to perform the ceremonies of Wep Ronpet, the ancient Egyptian New Year, with our Kemetic Orthodox family (a group of modern devotees of the ancient Egyptian gods, a number of whom are Daybook backers, and who worked with me on this calendar project of mine for many years in the past).
I know that you have been beyond patient. I know that you have been disappointed.** I am still excited and I still think that you will enjoy the final project. There will be more news once we go to press, and I'll be contacting each of you to update addressing and other information at that time. I thank you for continuing to encourage me as we get closer to done, and I cannot wait to show you what's coming.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's almost time.
**As I have noted previously, if you would prefer not to wait any longer and would like to have your Daybook backing pledge refunded in full, I am very happy to do that. Contact me at tamara at tamarasiuda dot com and I will get it arranged.