Book Arts Improv Book #2: Circuitous
I just completed my book for this week’s Book Arts Improv.
I’m getting the sinking feeling that I’m slowing down in my old age (those of you who know me, no comments please). Thankfully, the process is still fun.
Here are the themes I was working with this week:
- The real reason your check engine light came on: The warranty ran out yesterday
- A retired Oscar category: Biggest hair (wasn’t as fun after the 80’s)
- An unusual superstition: Step on a crack, break your mother’s back!
And here’s the finished product – my second Improv 2013 book, Circuitous:
The book is bound with a buttonhole binding using unwaxed linen thread. I used a red satin bookcloth that I purchased at Paper Source a gazillion years ago, so I don’t know anything about the fiber content or its country of origin. Poo.
Here’s the inside of the book, with the story interspersed with images of page spreads:
Charlotte loved walking home from school.
The streets were lined with old-growth oak trees and she imagined herself as a bird, flitting from limb to limb.
On most days, Charlotte wouldn’t walk straight home.
This was one of those days. She looped several blocks more than once.
Her head was in the
cloudstrees more than usual.
She didn’t notice what was on the sidewalk.
She stepped on it.
A chill went down her spine. She looked down.
She had stepped on a crack.
Charlotte ran as fast as she could to her house, nearly tripping twice.
She flung the door open, crying, “Mamaaaaaaaaaa!!!”
“Yes dear,” her mother replied.
“Are you okay Mama?”
“Of course, dear,” she replied from the kitchen.
Charlotte felt a warm sense of relief wash over her.
She walked into the kitchen.
There was her mother, bent over backwards. And not in a good way.
“Oh, honey. Calm down, calm down.”
“But you broke your back,” Charlotte sobbed. “It’s all my fault.”
“I’m fine sweetie, really. My warranty expired yesterday and I expected that this would happen. I already have a checkup scheduled for tomorrow.”
Charlotte ran to her mother, sighed, and held her tight.
She had forgotten that they were robots.
I hope y’all enjoyed it! As soon as I complete the edition of five, I’ll put some up for sale on Etsy. I’ll let you know when that happens.
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the next batch of themes!