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Episode 132: What I Do.

CalvadoCoverSmall.jpgWhat I do is write novels and bind books. I write what are usually called literary fiction. This is when your novel doesn't fit any of the other preconceived boxes (scifi, fantasy, fanfic, romance, detective, mystery, historical, YA, erotica, or western) into which people can put your novel. It also means the characters are more important than the plot.

TristramCoverSmall200x200.jpgMy novels tend to be heavy on characterization and light on the plot although one novel (The Venetian Slime Woman) is plot heavy. Another one (Tristram's Printer) is plot light. Both, I believe, are character-driven. Yet a third (The Idiot Runs) has time travel - a character goes back in time. A fourth (Calvado) has time travel of another sort - the tale of the two main characters is told in jump-cut time-slipping fashion (We meet them, then we see them younger, later a bit older, then back in their lives).

PriestsCOVER.jpgThe fifth novel (The Priests of Hiroshima) also has time travel. In fact, it has two stories: one in the present (kind of) and one in 1453 Mainz, Germany. It also has nothing to do with the priests who survived the atom destruction of Hiroshima (although one of the main characters is Japanese.).

Bookbinding is my other occupation. I write, edit, print, and bind my novels (and other topics, of course) thus improving my binding skills and having a solid soft- or hard-cover copy of my novel. A nice symbiosis. The problem is when I read the novel I find way too many mistakes which means I go back to the 525600cords_2small.jpgcomputer to fix (hopefully) most of them, reprint and then Yes! I have another book to bind. Currently I have about six novels waiting for my bookbinding persona to show up and work on them.

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Episode 131: Schedules

MayaSchedule1516_4small.jpgThis is a 100-page A5 schedule book with pictures from the client to personalize it. The paper is 120 g/m2, which is, in my limited experience, too thick for this kind of book but the client liked it so all is well. A mistake (I thought I was buying regular paper) but it worked out. Fortunately.

The cover is made up of a variety of leftover pieces that I wanted to use before buying more. Since the client gave me carte blanche I gave it a shot. As you can see on the front, there are two different colored book cloths plus a bit of color in the MayaSchedule1516_3small.jpgmiddle. The bit of color is actually an endpaper. Obviously it isn't big enough to use as an endpaper, so I used it to cover the seam between book cloths. The back was also comprised of leftover bits. It might look like two pieces but it is actually three; two just happen to be small pieces of the same design.

Since the client wanted the book to open wide enough so they could use the entire page, I used coptic binding. This was good because Wednesday and Thursday are in the crease and are busy days. Lots of notes will be written in the margins of those two days. I also used multi-colored thread. The book is brown: the textblock, all the pieces on the cover. Even the endpaper I used on the front cover is brownish (with streaks of red and green). The colored thread gives it a little bit more personality.

MayaSchedule1516_2small.jpgSpeaking of endpapers, these, too, were leftover pieces: thicker Japanese paper (washi) cut to fit the covers.

The book itself has a yearly calendar for 2015 & 2016, a monthly calendar for April 2015 to March 2016 (the Japanese school year), and a weekly calendar. The monthly calendar is followed by the weekly calendar for that month. Just like the client designed it.

The April 2015 - March 2016 Schedule Book


Next up? The 366-page schedule book.


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