Today I sent files away to be made into printing plates. Whenever I finally decide to get plates made for a book, I marvel slightly at what an arbitrary decision it is. I could keep designing the thing for another few months, and order plates then. I could have ordered plates two weeks ago. But something about this moment, right now, has flipped a switch in my head and *kablam* the current draft is suddenly designated The Book.
On the practical front, plates are expensive, and so to save money I organize the digital designs in a cost effective way irrespective of how the text and images will look in the book. The text above is shuffled around in this way.
A few little unresolved issues are keeping me from ordering all of the plates at once. I want to include the weights of all of the objects, but I don’t own a scale. I am still unsure of what my final paper choice will be, and so I must wait to send away the explanatory text in the colophon at the end of the book. I just need to get going, though, so rather than wait until everything is ready, I am going for it. In a few days I will be ready to get started.