I stopped counting at 150. Your names. So many of you wanting a hand in this beautiful book.
Instead of downloading the XML form I just counted by hand with my cursor, arrowing down. One. Two. Three. Up to 20 and then 50. So, 50 on one page and there are three more, at least – oh boy.
And that was a few days ago.
The days seem like hours lately.
I could, technically speaking, work around the clock for weeks and still have more left to do. I realized this with a kind of excited and terrifying horror a few weeks ago. Busy is good, it means business is good, which means I am sleeping really well. I also love what I do immensely so that adds this huge element of fun. But – wow.
This Manifesto project will be a great break from the online. I am craving the tangible. I found a box of old letters when I started packing for the new house. I read every one. Savoring the hand-writing, the thoughts – written without the delete key or cut and paste. What happened to letters anyway?So, back to the counting. After my 150+ revelation I did the math. The writing + shipping + busy single moms passing manifestos to each other math and realized that even if we each turned the book around in 2 days with 2 days allowance for shipping it could be going around for two years.
I don’t know about all of you, but two years is a bit too tangible for my liking. Instead, I bought three books. And they’re skinny, perfect to cut down on shipping cost. Perhaps, we’ll make an international book. And the international readers are all with the understanding that they’ll be shipping to each other. Let me know what you think in the comments. Also, I like the idea of several books because if one is lost or intercepted by a tyrannous troll (eh-hem, you know who you are Troll people) – then the others will live on. I also have a few other securities brewing to protect against the malicious.
And, what if we had one book that just keep going? Like a message in a bottle. Hmmm…
Any other ideas you can contribute toward the Single Mom Manifesto are very welcome. I’ll be writing the guidelines and assembling the mailing lists in the next few weeks. In the meantime, start your first drafts because you’ll need to move the Manifesto right along when you receive it. I’ve also closed the sign-up form so if you’re in – you’re in. Everyone else will have to wait until round two.