Today is Update the Project Backers Day!
That seems like an excellent day in the calendar, doesn't it? Thank you all, once again, for your patience and all of your encouragement as this Daybook gets closer and closer to completion.
July 9 is currently the official press date, so that we will have more than enough time to troubleshoot issues and still make our August 3 release. Since I will be in Illinois on that day, celebrating the Wep Ronpet or ancient Egyptian New Year with the House of Netjer temple, shipment of physical books may occur either before I leave for that trip (July 28) or after I get back home (August 9), depending on how the printing process goes and how much help I can get on shipping all these boxes. But we are definitely still on for release date. A link to the ebook for download, at very least, will go live on that day. I am incredibly excited about all of this, and hope that you will be, too.
We have a cover, and Megan's outdone herself. In our previous update, I linked to a set of tiny thumbnails of possibilities. Here it is again:
Nobody guessed which one we'd choose, but we went with the fourth thumbnail. The final result looks something like this:
Note that the typeface and style on that title bar will be changing. This is a prototype that Megan did up, so that we could see what a title bar will look like over the incredible painting of Nut and Thoth (Djehuty) that she has created for the cover.
I could not be more pleased with this image, and am going to be talking to her about considering a lithograph of the art only (without the book title, etc. material on it) once the book is out. It would make a beautiful framed print, don't you think? Just having this art to look at is inspiring me to make sure the inside is just as beautiful as the outside.
More news - see next posting
Because this is going to get long, and because I don't want to crowd out that beautiful art with other news, I'm going to start another update. Watch this space for the other part of the news. I also want to apologize to backer "Jen the Viking," that today there are actually no holidays in the ancient calendar to report. Later this month, however, at New Moon, we'll start celebrating the Feast of the Beautiful Reunion, or the marriage festival of Hathor and Horus.