October 19, 2005
Nix Nov 1 YL booklet goal
I hereby officially nix my goal of getting a Youth Lib booklet done by Nov. 1. It's not gonna happen. I need to do more research in order to feel comfortable writing some of the bits that I want to go in this thing. And, I have an essay in my head that occurred to me last night that's important and needs to be written while I've got it here. ...I'll keep pursuing the booklet -- it may well be my focus again in November -- but I'm axing the deadline.
...I find myself wondering if there's really a point to me setting up deadlines at all with YL... Are they really part of my "fantasy life"? It would have been nice to have been able to give myself a booklet as a birthday present -- but when I start getting close to the cut-off date, it just seems stressful. And what's the point of that?
...I think I should probably write out a "Notes on Writing" version of the "Notes on Making Art" document at some point... I mean, look at me -- this has been a ridiculously productive month: creating sculptures, writing essays, doing research... Can't I just trust myself to keep creating (and working towards a greater perfection) simply out of love for the work?
September 26, 2005
lulu.com book experiment
I spent Sept. 7 poking around on lulu.com -- an online, print-on-demand, self-publishing service. As an experiment, I took the four essays in the recent "Blueprint for Revolution" series and formatted them into a book. Poof! On the very same day I began exploring, I was ordering a copy of my very own 69-page softcover masterpiece.
Today, Sept. 26 -- two weeks and five days later -- that book arrived in the mail!
I won't be selling this book; I did no editing, so it retains all the disorganization and errors in the original material. Still, it does what I intended it to do: give me the feeling that I really CAN produce a book. That's worth $7.85 -- shipping included!