Today is the last Friday of June, and I’m transferring over the last of the posts I’ve written for Magickwyrds since June of 2010 into my PC. I’ll be spending the first few weeks of July editing and formatting those files and making them into a book. It’s something I’ve had in the back of my mind since I started this blog- turning it into a book. I spent some time this spring researching the different on-line options, but I’ve decided to d it myself. It’s just a vague outline right now, but the first step is done- turning the posts into files on my computer. The next step is to decide what the pages of the book will look like and format the files to fit that image. I intend to do just one copy for myself, with a Japanese stab-binding (which I think is the most elegant of my options), a hand-bound linen covered davey board cover, and maybe some handmade paper end-papers.
I had a lot of trouble finding a source that would print the book to fit the image of it’s online formatting. I chose the colours and font of the blog myself, based on my favourite colours, and I was getting frustrated with the limited choices of the companies I found on-line. I fussed around with this project last summer, but didn’t come up with the idea a Japanese binding for it until this year. Oddly enough I found the idea in Bookcraft: Techniques for Binding, Folding, and Decorating to Create Books and More by Heather Weston, which I’ve read before, but this time one of the projects just jumped off the page and screamed at me- or maybe that was just the Faeries getting tired of hearing me fuss about “that dratted book” again…
Anyway- that’s the project for this summer. I hope to get it finished by my birthday- it’ll be my present to myself. In the meantime, I should let you all know that I’m thinking of changing the formatting of the blog this year- after I finish the book probably, unless I get brave. I’ve spent three years with this look, and I’ve read tons of other bloggers, and in that time I’ve gotten many ideas of how to make my little blog better. I think it’s time I made some improvements to this space.
So here’s a toast- to grand ideas! great expectations! and dreaming big! Happy Summer everyone… now get out there and follow your heart!