Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Am Writing a Book

JournalAndPen
I’ve started a new project.  I’m writing a book.  Well, I’m co-writing a book with Keri Smith of Wreck This Journal fame.  It’s a mysterious instruction manual that she found, abandoned somewhere, and it is in an unfinished state.  She has asked me to finish it, and I have accepted the challenge…  and so can you!!



Keri Smith has just released a new “adventure” book called Finish This Book , and it promises to be every bit as much fun as working along in the Wreck This Journal book that I journaled about last year.  I was fortunate enough to have received an advance copy of the book, and started in it.  I must say I was hooked right away!   I tried to talk myself out of it, as I have lots of other art projects under way or about to be started.  I just couldn’t resist!

The premise of the book is that she has found some pages of a book, uncompleted and needing an author to finish writing it.  The reader is asked to either accept the challenge and turn the page or close the book and give it to someone else!  It promises to help the new author step by step to be able to write their own book through following the projects in order in her manual.  It is fun, and I thought that if more people could do this together and share their experiences, it would be even more fun!

Here are the few pages I have done already:
SomeTools

We are instructed to gather together some basic tools to complete the work.  A journal, a pair of scissors, some glue, a stapler, a needle and thread, a digital camera (well, this photo was taken by my digital camera), a good eye, and a courageous spirit!  I think I do have a good eye (up for debate) and certainly a courageous spirit!





ParkBench


The next pages begin to tell the story of how she found the few scattered pages while walking through a park, and we were asked to draw a park bench like the ones she saw.




Sleuthing



After that we were to look up from various sources the meaning of “sleuthing” and write it in the book.




Well, as you can see, these are simple tasks and can be done in small increments of time, and they would be quite fun to do in a group.

Who wants to join me?  We can all work at our own pace and report in once a week or every other week with a comment and a link to your blog or Flickr account.  Has anyone else ever toyed with the idea of writing a book?  I know I have but it seems such a monumental task so I just haven’t done much about it yet.  Let’s do this!!! 

If you are interested, either send me a message or post a comment to this entry.  Depending on how many others want to join me, I may set up a separate blog and link page for this or keep it simple.  Let’s have some fun together.  Tell your friends, too.  The more the merrier, I figure!

Thanks for reading – yours in Spirit

Arlene

13 comments:

Walk in the Woods said...

Very, very cool project!

Teresa Kintner Gunderson said...

I may very well do this, although it might be a while before I get settled with time for it, and get a copy of the book. Very cool!! I'm anxious to see your work as you go along, if you want to share.

Arlene said...

I realize that if anyone wants to join me, we need to leave enough time for all to get their book. We can start anytime, really! Let's see how many are interested and then set a starting date.

Meri Greenleaf said...

I just ordered the book- Amazon says I should get it by the 20th. :)

teri said...

This does sound intriguing, and you've certainly given a very thorough description. I think I could do it...

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Sounds interesting but don't think I want to take that on right now. Just wanted to thank you for visiting my blog, hope you come back. You should try reduction printing. Like everything else there is a learning curve, so for me it has been a lot of experimenting and I have a long way to go! It's O.K., I like learning new things.

Rita A. said...

A friend showed me this book a couple of weeks ago and I talked myself out of it. But with your challenge...
She is doing another one about Looking around your world by the same author with her high school class. Lucky Kids.

Lisa said...

Oh SO tempting!!! Hmmmm. Errrrr. We'll see...

Annette said...

Just tell me what to do and I will play with you. xo

Annette said...

ok my book is ordered should be here between the 30th and 15th. Yea a game to play -of sorts.

Arlene said...

Yay, Annette! Glad you will play too! Next week I will set up a blog page where we can all "meet" and share our progress! I'll announce it in my blog with a link for everyone.

Annette said...

Great Arlene looks like fun and just something arty to do.

Lori Wostl said...

Oh dang - not like I needed more to do! In fact I don't think I can until after Art Camp - but I am definitely going to go look for the book. Lori de Froup Lori W at Art Camp for Women