Sunday, February 4, 2018
Not on Shelves Mini Meet
So, a much longer ago time than I care to admit, I came up with the idea of a stamp series that would be a bookshelf with book spines of books that don't really exist. You know, books that exist in fiction that have a fairly recognizable name, but don't actually exist in real life. Example: Hogwarts: a History (well, it doesn't exist at the moment - I don't put it past JKR to actually write it).
I had even gone as far as creating the design and carving the bookshelf. I had transferred all of the bookspines onto OZ Kut when OZ was a new carving material - to give some of you a sense of the timing ;) And then they sat. And sat. Remaining mostly uncarved. I've changed jobs, moved homes... and those transferred carves sat waiting.
Finally, at the 2017 Box ON (for which I'm horribly behind in posting about), I decided to get off my butt, finish the series and host a winter mini meet!
Yesterday, the mini meet took place. It started off with a significant goof on my part: I forgot the event stamp at home and had to run home to get it. Other than that - the event went well.
Sorta. Philosophical question for you: when is a letterboxing mini meet not a letterboxing mini meet? "Mini" means less than, shall we say, a regular Box ON! meet, right? But how small does it get before you can't call it a mini or even micro meet?
At one point, there were around 20-23 people signed up, but for various and assorted reasons (I'm lookin' at you, mother nature!) that number dwindled down to 3.
Don't get me wrong: any time you get to meet up with boxers is a great day. I had a blast, but I'm sad I didn't get to catch up with more boxers or that others didn't get to see the series. (For reasons you can guess, this isn't a series I can leave in the library...)
It's all done though and would be really easy to re-host next year... I've been known to re-read many a book in my time...