Book Arts Improv: Call #1

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Welcome to the first week of the 2nd Annual Book Arts Improv!

In case you’re new here, in a nutshell, the Improv is a four-week stretch of improvisational bookmaking. Depending on the content and complexity of the book, an edition of three or more will be created each week.

So here we go…drum roll please…my first call for suggestions:

  1. An embarrassing injury
  2. A circus act
  3. A dog trick you wish you could do

To participate in the Improv, just comment on this post with a response for each of the three categories listed above. I’d like to keep this suitable for all audiences, so please, nothing offensive.

I will accept suggestions until 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. On that day, one entry will be selected at random and not only will that person’s suggestions be used for that week’s book, but the winner will also receive a copy of the book.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with – the Improv is open!

26 Responses to “Book Arts Improv: Call #1”

By Margaret - 1 January 2012 Reply

1. Sitting down on something unexpected.

2. Tightrope walking.

3. Carry things in my mouth.

By Holly - 1 January 2012 Reply

Love this idea!
1 – cracking a rib when I fell into the trash dumpster reaching for something at the bottom
2 – the acrobatic feats performed while riding galloping horses
3 – sit or lie down

By Yasmin - 1 January 2012 Reply

1. My mom once fell on her butt while ice skating and broke her tailbone. She didn’t quite realize what she’d done till later that day, when she bent over to tie her shoe and passed out. She was in nursing school at the time.

2. Contortionists!

3. Detect people/things by smell

By Jon - 1 January 2012 Reply

1. I once dropped a grand piano on my foot. Squashed my big toe flat. My co-workers nick-named me “Dances with Pianos” after that.

2. Lion Tamer!!

3. Howl at the moon! (though I suppose humans can do that too. But dogs do it better)

By Kris - 1 January 2012 Reply

how fun!
1. Knocking out your two front teeth
2. Guy shot out of a cannon
3. Roll over

By Tauni - 1 January 2012 Reply

What a great idea!

1. Black/blue collar bone & upper arm due to walking into a light post girder on the Golden Gate Bridge whilst watching Pelicans fly by
2. Being shot out of a canon
3. Win favor & a treat with ‘that look’ (puppy dog eyes)

By Rhonda - 1 January 2012 Reply

ok! let’s see…

1. dislocated shoulder, from slipping on icy stairs while sneaking outside for a smoke

2. unicycle jugglers… or juggling unicyclers… whichever

3. catch a Frisbee in my mouth!

By velma - 1 January 2012 Reply

1. bruising bottom when the swing rope broke
2. those horses that canter in circles in unison while the snazzy lady does tricks on their back
3. herd sheep (technically work, but you get the idea)

By Louis J. Cassorla - 1 January 2012 Reply

1. Scalp burn from home perm

2. Lion taming

3. Jumping over obstacles that are taller than myself

By Liz - 1 January 2012 Reply

1 ) falling while walking with a friend (always on the sidewalk or driveway πŸ™ )
2) contornist
3) curl up in a lap

By anne - 1 January 2012 Reply

1. A cut right under one nostril
2. Unicycle on tightrope
3. Catching a Frisbee with my teeth!

By Stephanie B - 1 January 2012 Reply

1. Hot penny burn on the leg
2. Putting one’s head in a lion’s mouth
3. Sitting and staying

By ~Sonya~ - 1 January 2012 Reply

1. innocent carpet burn that friends wont believe a clean explanation about.
2. Man-lady
3. Passing wind freely in company

Nice one, Elissa. It was fun. πŸ˜€

By Beth - 2 January 2012 Reply

1. Getting a concussion while getting into a car.
2. The clowns.
3. Sit pretty.

By Ellen - 2 January 2012 Reply

1. Walking into a wall and smacking your head while texting.
2. Jumping through a hoop of fire.
3. Rolling over and playing dead.

By Jill A. - 2 January 2012 Reply

1. Going out to a friend’s garden to pick and eat snap peas, and developing severe food poisoning from mistakenly picking and eating Wisteria pods instead
2. Sword swallower
3. Make people smile by just wagging my tail

By Kate - 2 January 2012 Reply

1. trimmed the trunk of my Christmas tree… and my thumb at the same time.

2. I love the excitement of trapeze artists!

3. sit and stay!

By Amy - 2 January 2012 Reply

What a fun challenge – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

1. a black eye from lifting a high chair

2. an elephant that plays the harmonica

3. looking fabulous everyday without worrying about what to wear πŸ™‚

By Tracy - 2 January 2012 Reply

1 Burning my fingers on toast!!

2 Escapologist

3 Chase my tail round and round in circles

By Leslie Thomas - 2 January 2012 Reply

1. Tripping over a tennis ball & fracturing my elbow

2. Aerialist

3. Befriending strangers with cuteness!

By Chris - 2 January 2012 Reply

1 a bruise from falling out of bed
2 silks
3 moving ears

By Tammy - 3 January 2012 Reply

1. Punching yourself in the eye while going to spike a volleyball
2. Tight rope walker
3. Playing dead and remaining absolutely calm while motionless

By Susan Green - 3 January 2012 Reply

1. An embarrassing injury – a scar on my right hand from when I fell off my bike… backwards.
2. A circus act – tightrope walking juggling books.
3. A dog trick you wish you could do – catching frisbee in my mouth

By Heather - 3 January 2012 Reply

1. Thinking there’s an extra step and falling when there isn’t
2. Acrobats
3. Chasing my own tail

By Valerie - 3 January 2012 Reply

1. Slipping on the ice and breaking your tail bone

2. Horse Trick Riding!

3. Getting a smile out everyone that I meet!

By Elissa - 3 January 2012 Reply

Val –

Hey, are you making fun of my tail bone?


So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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