Book Arts Improv: Call #1

Book Arts Improv logoWelcome to the first week of the 4th 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. Something you hope you never have to do with your feet.
  2. The worst excuse ever used for being late for work.
  3. What’s that smell?

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 7th. 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!

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

By Heather Fudala - 5 January 2014 Reply

Change a diaper
I fell in love
Stinky cheese

By Beth Cassorla - 5 January 2014 Reply

1. Making meatloaf
2. Being dead
3. Week-old curry

By Louis J. Cassorla - 5 January 2014 Reply

1. make an emergency phone call on a pay phone
2. I’m having a bad hair day.
3. stagnant water

By Holly - 5 January 2014 Reply

1. Knit
2. I was trapped in the best art supply store ever
3. Exotic flowers, fresh cut, in a bouquet received as a gift

By Shira Lea Thompson - 5 January 2014 Reply

1. Diaper a baby.
2. I was thinking of quitting this job but decided to stick it out until I got another offer.
3. Probably me, since my shower’s been busted and unusable for about a week now.

By dorsey hogg - 5 January 2014 Reply

Ego trip
sleeping with strangers
How much can fit in a mini van
Do I need this?

By Elissa - 5 January 2014 Reply

Dorsey –

Hmm…those answers seem to be for a different question, something like: What makes you think of a trip to Haystack?

🙂 Elissa

By Garrett - 5 January 2014 Reply

1. Perform surgery
2. My heart just isn’t in it
3. That gallon jug of milk that slipped out of the grocery bag and got lost in the trunk during a week of 90+ degree weather.

By Tracy - 5 January 2014 Reply

1. Make dinner.
2. An enormous moth got stuck down my bra. [Trust me this did happen at the station one morning and had me heaving for ages]
3. A durian fruit

By Ann Joppe-Mercure - 5 January 2014 Reply

Comb my hair
“‘I’m late because I hate this job.”

By marcia - 5 January 2014 Reply

1. I hope I never have to play the piano with my feet.
2. HA HA, I have that! worst or best, is being held up by a very slow herd of cows crossing the road to be milked. Yes it happened.
3.The smell of bread baking, the most wonderful smell ever.

By Drew McNaughton - 5 January 2014 Reply

1. Removing a fish hook.
2. Boss’s spouse hadn’t finished making me breakfast.
3. Liberal use of patchouli instead of shower.

By Sonia Rae - 5 January 2014 Reply

1. Dance professionally (it wouldn’t be a pretty sight).
2. My husband took too long getting dressed.
3. Moroccan lamb stew (mmmm….).

By Leah Cassorla - 5 January 2014 Reply

1,2,&3. Limburger

By Bertie - 6 January 2014 Reply

1. Thaw them
2. I had to thaw my feet
3. Smell? what smell?

By Penne - 6 January 2014 Reply

1. ice skate
2. my spirit guide gave me a sign
3. was going to say a Durian but since that is taken, paperwhites (narcissus) blossoms which are blooming indoors right now!

By Heather Fudala - 7 January 2014 Reply

Oh! I want to change my smell to ginkgo tree fruit!

By Elissa - 7 January 2014 Reply

Heather –

Bummer that cheese can’t compare to ginkgo.


By Michelle Lawrence - 7 January 2014 Reply

1. Brush my teeth. Or anyone’s teeth for that matter…
2. The next stop on the subway just sounded more interesting.
3. The subway at the next stop…that’s why I was only late and not mia from work…

By Mindy - 7 January 2014 Reply

1- type on my iPad or smartphone.
2-it took a long time to talk myself into going to work because I hate this job.
3- a seaweed basket drying. Read about it here….scroll down to the subheading “what is that smell?”

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

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