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Videos to learn about the Caterpillar stitch for bookbinding: Caterpillar Stitch with Kristi Warren & Caterpillar Stitch with Mike

Bookbinding

I learned the basics of the caterpillar stitch (from the two YouTube videos linked to above) and used it to repair a pair of torn jeans. I shall do better on my next attempt which I hope will be a book cover.

I printed out another 2020 schedule and still have four books to case in by the end of February/middle of March. 

Sadly, I am moving my studio from this place to a smaller place in the next few months. The smaller place is also free, so that’s a strong motivator. 

Fiction

I wrote a bunch on Book Two of the Fear Trilogy: Fear the Dead. It is suspenseful, driving, and, I hope, powerful. I suspect it will be finished by February 29th, right on schedule. Next, I outlined Book Three: The Sound of Fear. This is due to be finished by the end of March.

Similarly, for some inexplicable reason, I started another trilogy. Even before outlining my second trilogy: The Vengeance Trilogy, I wrote a few pages and an outline of The Byzantine Zombie Trilogy Book One: Death in Constantinople. Perhaps Constantinople should be my second trilogy, eh?

Finally, I proofread four of the five books in The Japanese Pentalogy and am finishing the fifth book: The Year Without Days as I type.

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Watch the Bookbinders Chronicle on YouTube for easy-to-understand Bookbinding tutorials.

Bookbinding

Rather than actually do any bookbinding work, I came up with some problems: aligning and improving. I need to align snaps on a shirt to use as a book cover. The shirt might be a tad too thick but the biggest problem is aligning the snaps.

Second, I looked at a book I made about a year ago and it looks very weather-beaten. Perhaps because of the book cloth I used, perhaps because the book board is too thin. I need to improve both of those so that the books I make will stand up to time.

Third, I have four books that need to be cased in in the next couple three weeks.

Fiction

FearZero_2Cover.pngI created deadlines for my fiction. Starting with my Fear Trilogy and ending with a new trilogy. The Fear Trilogy should be finished by the end of February and I seem to be on track to finish. The new trilogy is penciled in to finish by the end of September. Can I do it? 

In the last couple of weeks I have edited, proofread, and written on the books I want to publish on Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Scribd.

What have I actually done? I’ve edited & proofread novels in the Japanese Pentalogy: Botchan’s Bartender, Tokyo Tunnel Girl, The Nuns of Nañao, and Giapan. One more to go: The Year Without Days. These are scheduled to be finished by the end of February.

Calvado_Cover_2.jpgAfter the Japanese Pentalogy I do two more things. First, I rush into my Calvado Quintet which I hope to finish by the middle of May. Second, I edit & proofread my Oregon Murder Mystery by mid-July. Third, I outline, write, proofread, edit, and upload my Vengeance Trilogy by the end of September.

 

 

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Bookbinders Chronicles on YouTube

 

Three books await casing in and I finished two novels!

Bookbinding

I have two 2020 Schedules sitting on my desk waiting to be cased in. One is actually a coptic binding. It's covers are all ready, I need just sew it up. The other is a codex and it needs covers made. The third book I have sitting around waiting for me is an A6 blank notebook.

Fiction

I set a deadline and met it! Amazing. I finished Fear Itself last week and this morning I finished Botchan’s Bartender, the first book of my Japan Pentalogy. Now the entire pentalogy is finished! Although all five need proofreading which will inevitably lead to changes. However! However, I have new deadlines!

The entire Japan Pentalogy is scheduled to be proofread and published by the end of February. Fortunately, it's a leap year so I have one extra day. I will add some information about them in the next episode.

The five books are: 

Botchan’s Bartender,
The Tokyo Tunnel Girl,
The Nuns of Nanao,
Giapan,
The Year Without Days.

 

Links to invaluable book arts centers:

London Centre for Book Arts

San Francisco Center for the Book

Center for Book Arts (New York)

A new YouTube episode at TDGB 33 Casing in a Notebook for your viewing pleasure. 

Bookbinding

Nothing! I have accomplished nothing in bookbinding this week. I did print two 2020 schedules and a small A5-size notebook but I have not sewn, glued, or cased anything in. An unproductive week, alas.

Fiction

I set a deadline for Fear Itself and it appears I may meet that deadline. The deadline to finish is the end of this month. I am inches — Inches, I say! — away from finishing it. I need merely sit my butt on a chair and type. 

After I finish Fear Itself I need to outline and start writing — with Passion and Speed! — Fear the Dead which is Book Two in the Fear Trilogy. My deadline for Fear the Dead is the penultimate day of February (the 28th this year). Wish me luck.

 

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Bookbinding

BlnkNtBk_Cover.jpgI cased in a 105-page, A6-size, blank notebook with a bookmark, and rounded corners. Primarily to see if I could case in rounded corners. I was 50% successful which is better than abject failure, don't you think? Yes, me, too.

The cover is from an old kimono and is the last of the kimono-esque book cloth I have. I need to make more. I have a few (maybe three) kimono so I lack not the cloth; merely the time and motivation. Now that I'm out of kimono backcloth, perhaps motivation just slapped me upside the head.

Fiction

I have set a deadline for myself for the alien war trilogy book one: Fear Itself. The new deadline and, more importantly, one I am working hard to make, is January 31st. The book will be finished by then. (Or not?) Then on to Books Two and Three.

Another book I wish to finish, Botchan’s Bartender, has been assigned the deadline of February 14 Valentine’s Day. It is a murder mystery but character-driven with several inter-twining love stories, failed love stories, and one deadly love story. Plus, a woman with a dark past who wishes to keep it secret.

Check out my YouTube channel for brief and, hopefully, concise how-to videos and other less structured videos.

A new one about Casing in the Blank Notebook above will be up by the end of next week. (Hopefully)

 

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Casing in Two Notebooks

Maya_s_Book_1.jpgIn the last week I cased in two notebooks. Notebook 1 is 110-pages of blank sheets with page numbers. The notebook itself has headbands and a bookmark. It is slightly larger than A5, in fact, it is half an 81/2 x 11 size sheet (US letter size). I slapped on a red cover with a black spine.

The client seems happy with it so I am happy with it. The client wants to use it in their travels over the next few months as a journal, hence the blank pages.

Graph_Front.jpgNotebook 2 is the A5 in size, also with 110 pages but with graph paper. Included are headbands and a bookmark. It is half bound book meaning. of course, that its corners and spine have a different backcloth from the rest of the book. This one sports a kimono-esque cover which I made by tearing apart a kimono.

Both of these notebooks have nice endpapers that I purchased in Tokyo on a long-ago trip to that fair city and dropped in on the world, probably, famous, Ito-Ya. Tons of paper and supplies.

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Writing

Yes! I have been writing. Did a bunch of revisions on Fear Itself and Botchan’s Bartender. And, as always, I hope to finish them before the turn of the century.

Check out my latest video about the Link Stitch cleverly titled Link Stitch

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2020! A New Year!

(And great vision as well)

IMG_0592.jpgStill working.

On binding books, on writing novels, on producing podcasts, on making videos.

• This week: Sewing, gluing, adding mull & the spine piece to two blank notebooks. One has graph paper, one has blank paper; one is A5, one is B5; both have seven signatures of five folios each, and a bookmark.

Also, a video is up on YouTube: TDGB 32 Link Stitch.  It runs about three minutes. A still from the video is at left. 

• Next week: casing in the two blank notebooks. Plus printing out two Schedules for 2020; they start in April so I must finish them before the end of March or earlier, of course. These are Personalized Schedules — the clients have sent me 13 jpeg photos to be included in their schedules.

You, too, can order a Personalized Schedule or a Personalized Notebook with photos of your choice. They make great gifts! Check out the 手作り本販売 page. (or click on the link.)

 

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A five-minute audio clip of Fear Zero included: Caution, not for the faint-hearted or young. Starts at 4:20.

Bookbinding

Not much accomplished this week. I set up a couple of books on InDesign to prepare them to print out at my earliest convenience. I have not worked at the bench all week, though. I shall in the coming two weeks, however, have more time and do some actual bookbinding.

Fiction

I wrote a lot on Fear Itself adding three chapters. I wrote a lot on another unfinished novel: Botchan’s Bartender, the first book of the Japan Pentalogy yet the last one to be finished.

Goals for 2020: Make the Japan Pentalogy available for you good readers. Also, the make the Fear Trilogy (Fear Zero, Fear Itself, Fear the Dead, and The Sound of Fear) available as well.

Tedorigawa Bookmakers On Apple Podcasts

Novels Available for Your Reading Pleasure! Plus, you help support my podcast.

 Fear Zero

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A 10-year-old Matt McKenzie is thrown in prison for murdering his mother. Can he survive sadistic guards, violent inmates, loneliness, and fear? When he’s 16, he could be released. How will the six years of fear, pain, and violence change him? Will he be able to find a job or a place to live? Will he fight for survival on the streets? The odds are against him.

This is the prelude to The Fear Trilogy, a dystopian future war novel which follows McKenzie from war to peace and back to war through power-hungry politicians, conspiracies, and intrigue.

 Available at iBooks-icon.png iBooks  • Kobo • Barnes & Noble  • Scribd

Check out my Oregon Coast Murder Duet on the Fiction For Sale Page!

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Available at: 

iBooks-icon.pngiBooks  •  Kobo • Barnes & Noble  ª  Scribd 

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Available at:

iBooks-icon.png iBooks  •  Kobo  •  Barnes & Noble •   Scribd

 Two murders in the same town. Separated by 20 years.

How are the suspects, witnesses, and victims related?

 

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Bookbinding

I cased in three books this week. The first one was a blank notebook with graph paper. The book was titled This Is Blank, a book I mentioned in episodes 227 and 225, below. This time I made a few changes (words, mostly) and bound it differently. 

Three_Covers.jpgThe second book was one-ninth of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy. I made a complete set of all nine volumes of Tristram Shandy some time ago and I am going to apply what I learned about bookbinding to a new set. Or I may make it into one volume or both. If I make another set I only have eight-ninths to go. I bound this one differently as well.

The third book was one of my unfinished novels in the Japan Pentalogy titled Botchan’s Bartender. It is the only unfinished novel in the Japan Pentalogy series. By binding it I hope to read it, make corrections, edit it, and be inspired enough to finish it. As the other two books, this one used a different technique.

BotchanPage.jpgThe different technique is one I learned from a YouTube video by Jacqueline Poutasse. It involves gluing the spine piece to a piece of paper, measuring accurately, and adding the cover pieces. This aligns the covers and spine very nicely. Also, I measured the spine gap more accurately as well. In order to have the crease on the covers of the completed book, I have been experimenting with the spine gap. It has gradually gotten larger. On  Botchan’s Bartender the gap is 10 mm. On the other two, the gap is 6 mm. 

This new (for me) technique also seems to be faster. Less guessing, I guess?

Fiction

ThisIsBlank_cover.jpgThis week in Fiction can be summed up nicely with: I wrote three chapters in Fear Itself. I can add, I also sped up the plot, incorporated more conspiracy, and made it darker and a touch more violent (both physical and emotional.)

 

Tedorigawa Bookmakers On Apple Podcasts

Novels Available for Your Reading Pleasure! Plus, you help support my podcast.

 Fear Zero

FearZero_2Cover.png

A 10-year-old Matt McKenzie is thrown in prison for murdering his mother. Can he survive sadistic guards, violent inmates, loneliness, and fear? When he’s 16, he could be released. How will the six years of fear, pain, and violence change him? Will he be able to find a job or a place to live? Will he fight for survival on the streets? The odds are against him.

This is the prelude to The Fear Trilogy, a dystopian future war novel which follows McKenzie from war to peace and back to war through power-hungry politicians, conspiracies, and intrigue.

 Available at iBooks-icon.png iBooks  • Kobo • Barnes & Noble  • Scribd

Check out my Oregon Coast Murder Duet on the Fiction For Sale Page!

Feeding_Vicki_s_Corpse.jpg

Available at: 

iBooks-icon.pngiBooks  •  Kobo • Barnes & Noble  ª  Scribd 

CityofCocks.png

Available at:

iBooks-icon.png iBooks  •  Kobo  •  Barnes & Noble •   Scribd

 Two murders in the same town. Separated by 20 years.

How are the suspects, witnesses, and victims related?

 

          YouTube_75x75.png if_square-facebook_317727.pngInstagram-48.png

 

Bookbinding

First, a new video is up on YouTube of me casing in a couple of books, twice. Check it out here if you've got 10 minutes to enjoy watching a casing in video.

 Shandy_Two.jpgMostly in the last week I made the two practice covers, made the video about it, and learned a bit. I have also been working on a couple of books on my computer. First is Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne. I am making changes on the inside and hope to print it out and case it in this week. (Promises, promises, eh?). I want to practice making the spin gap properly while at the same time producing an edition of fiction people can enjoy reading. I’m also pondering whether to make all nine volumes into one.

The second plan is to produce more Eating Kanazawa books and spreading them around the city. It is a Japanese-English language guide and café/restaurant/bar guide for tourists. I’ve had to make changes because some of the stores mentioned in the original book have either gone out of business or moved.

 

Fiction

 I have been dutifully writing on Fear Itself. I have been making it stronger and a quicker read. I should really, really finish it and start on book two of the trilogy: Fear the Dead. Fear of completing it seems to be my fear. Tell me to finish it! And I might.

Tedorigawa Bookmakers On Apple Podcasts

Novels Available for Your Reading Pleasure! Plus, you help support my podcast.

 Fear Zero

FearZero_2Cover.png

A 10-year-old Matt McKenzie is thrown in prison for murdering his mother. Can he survive sadistic guards, violent inmates, loneliness, and fear? When he’s 16, he could be released. How will the six years of fear, pain, and violence change him? Will he be able to find a job or a place to live? Will he fight for survival on the streets? The odds are against him.

This is the prelude to The Fear Trilogy, a dystopian future war novel which follows McKenzie from war to peace and back to war through power-hungry politicians, conspiracies, and intrigue.

 Available at iBooks-icon.png iBooks  • Kobo • Barnes & Noble  • Scribd

Check out my Oregon Coast Murder Duet on the Fiction For Sale Page!

Feeding_Vicki_s_Corpse.jpg

Available at: 

iBooks-icon.pngiBooks  •  Kobo • Barnes & Noble  ª  Scribd 

CityofCocks.png

Available at:

iBooks-icon.png iBooks  •  Kobo  •  Barnes & Noble •   Scribd

 Two murders in the same town. Separated by 20 years.

How are the suspects, witnesses, and victims related?

 

          YouTube_75x75.png if_square-facebook_317727.pngInstagram-48.png

 

 

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