Thursday, May 6, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

la vie soferet

New York woke me up in the middle of the night with some truly impressive rain. Really, it must take a lot of effort to drop that much water out of the sky.

I was going to try and take a picture for you, but by the time it was light and I'd showered (why did I bother doing that? I could have just sat on the fire escape for a bit) and stuff, the rain had slacked off.

When it started raining (in the middle of the night, of course) I got out of bed and closed the windows, because I have bits of a Torah on my various tables, all too close to the windows for irresponsible sleeping through rainstorms. Okay, they're all at least a metre away from the windows and it would take some REALLY determined rain to get that far in, but you try sleeping through a rainstorm with open windows and bits of a Torah on your tables, and I bet you wouldn't make much of it either.

Oh, re: tables - that'd be one writing-desk, and one dining-table, which is temporarily serving as a Torah Corrections Zone (that sounds a lot more borstalian than it actually is), so meals are eaten on the balcony fire escape during fine weather and on the couch otherwise. Lest you should think that la vie soferet involves sumptuous drawing-rooms, or something.

Anyway, I'm working at Yeshivat Hadar today. Back later. Cheerio.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

What counts as Done?

So when all the writing is finished, there's still a good deal of this and that to be done, to a sefer Torah.

Proofreading, obviously. I've been more or less proofreading as I go along, but one still has to send it to the external checker, and wait for that.

Seams - I've been sewing it as I go along, as well, but there's a bit of tinkering around one does with the seams.

Cleaning - one needs to remove miscellaneous pencil marks from various places.

And similar. So, I can write 100% in the little box at the side, because when I'm done with the writing the rest is pocket change - but there's still what to be doing, and I'm doing it.