A while back I wrote about the careful preparation for writing in a memorial book. http://www.oakleafcalligraphy.co.uk/blog/writing-in-a-memorial-book
The book I was working on is a brand new one - bought by the church (St Chad's, Saddleworth) to be introduced as part of the 800th anniversary of the founding of the church.
Entries to go in the book were sought from anyone connected to the church, and were all sent to me for writing in the book.
I ruled up the pages, and marked each page with the name of the person to be remembered. The format we'd chosen was the traditional one of surname, forename, details with the capital of the surname in gold.
My first job was to put the gold capitals in - I worked on every name in pages scattered throughout the book. I finished the last of many (many!) capitals only to realise I'd done the capital letters of the forename, not the surname.
Oh No. Oh no oh no oh no oh no. (Maybe everyone's forename and surname has the same letter? Of course not!) Oh no oh no oh no. (Maybe if I look away and look back it'll be sorted?) Oh no oh no oh no.
After a quick cup of tea (of course!) I rang the delightful lady who had commissioned the work and made the only sensible offer I could think of - to include a second gold initial and write forename, surname, details instead.
Not only was she completely lovely about my error, she even said "Do you know, I think that'll be nicer".
(I agree, but that's not really the point!)
I can report that everything went successfully from then, and the book was delivered back in time for their 800th anniversary celebrations earlier this year.
Who knows - I might even be trusted to add some entries in the future!
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.