First, Happy Hanukkah! To all our Jewish readers. Today is the 25th day of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, when Jewish people celebrate the re-dedication of the Holy Second Temple of Jerusalem during the time of the Maccabees. It's also known as the Festival of Lights, and one of its many traditions is the lighting of the Menorah, a special nine-branched candelabra. The candles are lit in succession on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. The Menorah is one of the most widely recognized—and loveliest—symbols of Jewish ceremonial art. Of course it's also the 24th of December in the Gregorian calendar, the day before the feast of Christmas.
I've received many nice calendars, cards, and self-published books from TOP readers this holiday season, as I do every year, and I just wanted to say a big "thanks!" to everyone for sending those along. It's a pleasure to see peoples' work and I appreciate all the good wishes.
One of the things I receive is the Annual from Joseph O. Holmes. There are only 100 copies this year, but in the future I'd like to see if I can possibly help make Joe's Annual accessible in a limited way to TOP readers who might want to see it. Joe works on it "in his head" all year, and does such a nice job. There are others whose work I greatly enjoy seeing too, of course; I don't want to seem to play favorites.
Rob Strong, who I wrote about in the previous post, had another nice idea for self-publishing work—a set of postcards. These could be sold as a set, used for self-promotion, or simply sent as personalized message postcards or as individual promotional mailers. If well calculated, this is a versatile idea.
Oh, but now I'm shading into discussing mammon, and that will never do, on this first day of Hanukkah and the day of Christmas Eve.
Best wishes, good health and good cheer, and happy holidays to all!
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