A Book a Day? What's Up With That?

Hi, and welcome to this year-long project. So what's this all about and how did it happen, you might ask. In mid 2007, artist Noah Scalin decided to make a skull out of anything he could find, every day for a year. It stretched him in ways he never imagined, as an artist, a writer and a person. His experience turned into a blog that went viral, and then a book.

Others have picked up on the idea: 365 Hearts, 365 Masks, 365 Bears drawn on a cellphone, 365 paper napkin mustaches.
I wanted to play, too, and I chose books. I love books, I know a bit about making books (thanks to my talented book-maker sister, Marilyn Worrix), and they're broad enough in definition to give me a lot of creative leeway.

The whole point is not really the books. The idea is to stretch myself in many ways as an artist and a person, to set up a discipline, stick with it and see what that teaches me.

I hope you'll join with me and follow along on the journey chronicled here, and let me know what you think.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 48 - Words Are...

As a writer, I love the power of words. And the precision. They can be tools of healing or weapons of destruction. They can caress, wound, tease, kill, give hope, and leave despair.

This little book is about the power of words. The structure is an X-book with pockets, a simple folded structure made of one sheet of paper for the inside and another small piece for the cover. In the pockets, I've placed slips of paper with words... each about an aspect of what words are and can do, words like silky, pointed, far-reaching, liquid, angry, shackles, magic.

I like this book even more than I expected to. I plan to make this exact book again, but larger, with better paper and a bit more care and precision. And with more time to think about exactly what will go inside.


  1. What a wonderful idea! I can see why you would want to revisit it.

  2. I am astounded and delighted by the work you are doing. Also inspired. Just to let you know how much I am enjoying your site.

  3. Thanks for the lovely comments. I'm having fun (though some days are definitely harder than others).