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Friday, June 30, 2006


In the past five days I've slept a total of twentysix hours. I'm becoming one of those people who requires caffeine in order to function in the morning. I'm off to C-Ville this afternoon, and I'm probably going to spend the entire time in a restorative coma.

Tinyside progress:

Tinyside #1: covers printed and cut. Galley printed and bound. The paper I ordered is too thick (more like cardstock), so the actual print run will probably be printed on Strathmore medium weight drawing paper. It has a nice feel.

Tinyside #2: covers printed, cut, and folded. Text set, pages printed, folded, and cut. Ready to be bound.

Tinyside #3: cover designed. Text received. Mockup of text done.

Tinyside#4: cover designed. Text received. Mockup of text done.

Tinyside #5: text received.

Tinyside #6: text received.

The next cover I design will be spooky. Ooo-oo-ooo!

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Thursday, June 29, 2006


I am designing and making tinysides with such a feverish intensity that I fear I may have developed bipolar disorder. Be forewarned: I'm on the manic upswing now, but when I crash, I'm taking all of you with me.

Work on the tinysides has progressed as follows:

Tinyside #1: cover designed, approved, printed and cut. Text set -- spacing needs tweaking. Paper to arrive today. Will print galley tonight (wacky spacing requires authorial approval prior to printing).

Tinyside #2: cover designed, approved, printed and cut. Text set -- needs minor edits to colophon. To be printed tonight.

Tinyside #3: Mockup of text done. Cover design begun. Should complete design tonight.

Tinyside #4: Mockup of text done. Cover designed. Made several versions, which I need to review before sending for approval.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006


The first tinysides are underway. I'll post something about the project on the Big Game webpage tonight. Rain continues (bleh) all about D.C. -- given the number of flooding and leaking sob-stories I've heard in the last 36 hours, I'm extremely pleased to note that my home has remained dry. Less encouraging: the squirrels have begun to assault the tomato plants in a particularly obnoxious way: they grab a tomato, take it onto the eaves or fire escape of a neighboring house, take one bite, and leave the rest of the fruit to rot. Tabasco sauce has been applied to all remaining fruit that appears to be ripening. Pictures of abandoned, rotting tomatoes delicately placed in gutters by squirrelly paws to follow.

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Sunday, June 25, 2006



I've been thinking about doing a broadside series for Big Game. But broadsides, while beautiful, are always inconveniently large, and unless you have them framed, it can be somewhat difficult to know what to do with them. And they're hard to carry around or share. So, instead, I'm going to do a series of tinysides. I got this idea from Anne Gorrick, a book artist and poet who sent me some books she made out of single, folded piece of paper. Wee little books: six pages max (3 sets of facing pages with the tinysides constructed so as to allow lines to flow across both facing pages). Each page will be 2.75" wide and 4.25" high. I will be soliciting some work, but if you have a poem or poems you'd like to see in tinyside format, email me at reenhead-AT-gmail-DOT-com. If you want an idea of what a tinyside might look like, see below:

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The bounty of homegrown tomato and basil leads to some delicious meals.

It rains. And rains. And rains. And I forgot my umbrella at work. Luckily, I can feed myself off of balcony-based crops.

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