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I went to a book/stationery story to check out diaries and desk calendars today to find out how other people handled the odd-number of days in a week. Most had an extra column for 'notes' making their calendars 8 columns wide, four on one page, four on the other. This seems like cheating to me. Others had MTWTh on one page and FSS on the other. Usually Thursday flipped between one page or the other. Seems all to be a personal style.

Another attribute of desk calendars is padding. How do the major desk calendar makers pad out the number of pages to make the diary seem thicker than it needs to be? By adding lined pages, calendars for future years, weekly schedules, "Resolution of the Month" pages, and in one case: a few pages of words in five different languages.

Why, you ask, am I looking at desk calendars and diaries now? Because now is the time I usually get started making my for next year. It takes me a looong time to design, photograph, print, and bind my desk calendars. Much too long.

And I'm Still working on Monk's Scroll!

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I finished making a box for a book and two small notebooks using Islamic bookbinding; Islamic bookbinding has, as you know, a little flap that rests over the cover of the book to protect the text block and can be used as a bookmark. I'm still working on a scroll. My first scroll - Monk's Scroll - is taking longer than expected which means my Bach's Scroll is going to be more complicated than I expected. I hope to finish -- Famous Last Words -- Monk's Scroll in the next two weeks, he said hedging his bets. Speaking of bets:

The question is asked: "When did you get started in bookmaking?" By which I assume they mean making books rather than taking bets for horse races.

Here is a 66-second drama about the above. Cool.

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