1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion is just 1 month away!
Pre-order now to receive an award ribbon and other surprises from me, plus a head start on a year’s worth of prompts, activities, dumb jokes, sarcastic notes, internet humor, and cautious optimism to help you make it through.
Here’s a little more:
10:17 am • 8 September 2014 • 153 notes
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The absolute hardest part of working on 1 PAGE AT A TIME: A DAILY CREATIVE COMPANION was choosing a title. I wanted to be weirder and stupider (my top pick was “THIS IS JUST PAPER,” obviously) but Marian Lizzi, my amazing editor, was like “uhh, that is not a helpful title.” We struggled to find the balance between the true optimism and goal of the book, and the total sarcasm and self-deprecation of its voice (so, my actual voice). We sent each other a lot of emails.
Ultimately we picked 1 PAGE AT A TIME, which I must have somehow known early on. My working folder during the process was called “1 BOOK AT A TIME.” It was meant as a note to myself not to freak out, that this is just a book, people make books all the time, I just need to focus on this one thing and get through it. It became my own mantra (it’s a pretty common one), and it’s in the spirit of the book itself.
1 PAGE AT A TIME is about slowing down. It’s about realizing that days are like pages, there are more to come. 1 year of pages ends up being about an inch thick, so it is substantial… but there are a whole lot of books in the world. There is always more (if you want it).
The book gently (and not gently) pushes you through this year, gets you writing about past, present, and future, facing your fears and then turning the page. “Write CAUTION on this page repeatedly, then throw it to the wind!” It’s just paper, it’s pencils and pens, you have all the tools, you’re a tool too, and boom, we just got through a whole year.
If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, that’s okay. You can today, or tomorrow. If you do before October 7th, you’ll get an award ribbon bookmark, a 4x6 sticker to make your copy into an actual calendar, and another thing just from me to you.
Here is more information, with links to some stores carrying the book.
10:21 am • 5 September 2014 • 78 notes
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This week’s post has put me at the 3-year mark in my week in scraps project!
One little change, I’m going to start uploading images at twice the size so you can snoop on the details a little bit better. This week’s is the first where you can click-through and read menu prices and that sort of thing.
9:28 pm • 2 September 2014 • 64 notes
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week in scraps:
- booze & ice cream at shoo-fly diner
- labor day weekend social calendar
- a tiny measuring cup at trohv
- chicken sliders & cappuccino chips at royal farms
- two crepes at sofi’s
- barbecue supplies at eddie’s market
- admission for three at skateland
- brunch at the food market
- a very incorrect receipt at paper moon diner (why would you ever order the nachos?)
9:12 pm • 2 September 2014 • 24 notes
#week in scraps #jk #baltimore #adam j. kurtz #myweekinscraps #art #design #life
this entire music video is embroidered on denim and it is fucking bad ass.
take that, taylor swift.
11:27 am • 16 June 2014 • 16 notes
#music video #throne #embroidery #art #illustration #film
1 Page at a Time will be out in just 4 months from Perigee Books!
365 page journal of jokes, creative prompts, internet and inspiration. So it could be a calendar, a sketchbook, or whatever you make of it. Write in dates, add page numbers, soak it in tears, whatever. It’s available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, and many other bookstores.
I’m giving away a copy early, but the catch is that I’m giving it out literally just one page at a time. Get a page!
10:01 am • 7 June 2014 • 94 notes
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