Friday, April 5th 2012 - I used this book production scene to tell the story of our moving to the Penthouse. It features the photo at the opening of My First Mission in Portland web-page, the shot of the pile o' books in the middle of our new living room.
In hopes of capturing the spirit of the move, I took a shot of the penthouse from across the street, and then went to the recycling center that's located in front of the laundry room door, which is directly under our bed room and kitchen. There I pawed through our neighbors recycling like the houseless guys often do. I was about to give up and produce your book out of some boring old beer box, when I saw it...a Tidy Cat litter bucket that was just the right size for what became a very cool book.
In the middle of this production scene, I went to see my sister Heidi. Her husband Dennis was on the road, and she doesn't have a drivers license, so she needed a ride to her appointment with her mid-wife. Heidi and I have always had a good, but conflicted relationship. I often say, "You can't have a good story without a strong central conflict." I love my sister Heidi. She's the mother of three great kids, and one on the way!
When I returned from my adventure to the hospital with Heidi, I was feeling worn thin. I didn't want to finish my work scene, but with a little love from Emily...
I was able to finish The Bucket Book that day. And I'm glad I did! Aside from the fact I forgot to put in a title page, you can't beat this one for originality!
PROP COSTS: $11.80 + (STORYTIME WORKED: 4hrs 10min x OUR EXCHANGE RATE (based on fed minimum wage): $7.25) = $42.01
I sold this book to a couple of twenty-something hipster types at Bumpershoot 2013. They were looking for a gift for their friend's birthday. I couldn't tell if they really liked this one, or not. In any case, I told them to "pay what they can." They thought $18 was a fair price. I don't agree, but I like knowing what other people think. In that way it's worth it.