Monday June 13th - Book Fourteen: My handwriting has not made a grand showing of improvement in this one, but it's a good one nonetheless. I think it was about this time in my Bookmaking Boot Camp I decided that I needed a logo to make an ode to covering up the trash logos on my covers. I have my mom to thank for this thought. She was convinced that I would be sued, so I started painting carrot and kale bouquets on my covers. The carrot and kale bouquet is a running theme in The Living City. I painted over 139 such logos on my books, only to come to the realization that you readers are used to book covers that show you something familiar that might entice you to read the book...instead of using trash for a book cover and then painting it with a logo you the reader will not understand until you're well into the reading of The Living City. Oh well, I guess I just automatically assume people will want to read this. I'm not much of a master manipulator. My fiction rises naturally from the work you readers put into it, or some other "you get what you give" bullshit. In any case, this production scene also features a lot of details from my day-to-day routine of bookmaking and working for Bob the Crystal Miner. Making this book was not a bad way to spend a rainy day!
PROPS, material costs: $9.95 + (STORYTIME, actual time worked: 2hrs 43min x THE EXCHANGE RATE, based on federal minimum wage: $7.25) = $29.65
This book now belongs to Robert Boyd, a man I met while working for Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness. He told me many stories, but the one that I liked the best was the one where he got in a confrontation with a fellow driver in Enterprise. When the fellow walked up to Robert in a rage and leaned into his driver-side window Robert reported that he calmly reached under his seat, pulled out his pistol, and put it under the man's chin. Wow! Thanks Robert! I'm still waiting for that painting you told Jacob you'd send me. Best of luck to you in the Land of a Thousand Bored Horses!