Thursday, March 24, 2011

I've Already Blogged About Hotdogs and Shower what?

                                                                 By Trina Boice

So, you've joined the ranks of bloggers on the Internet!  Great!   You quickly wrote about everything you were passionate about and now you're starting to draw a blank, eh? 

Some days the ideas and words flow quite easily, but then there are the days when you just can't think of anything original or worthwhile to say.  Don't force it.  The most important thing about blogging is to be authentic.

Sometimes you just need a little inspiration to get you started.  I recently discovered a cool tool that does just that.

Brian Proctor, the son of Bob Proctor (The Secret) was interested in receiving inspirational quotes and stories that would set the tone for each day. He created a free auto-sending email service (before it was common to do so) with an inspirational quote Monday through Thursday and a story on Fridays.

When you sign up for his free emails you'll receive plenty of inspiring ideas that can quickly get your own creative juices flowing. Enjoy!

To start receiving great blog ideas, click on this little box:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Book Autopsies

                                                             By Trina Boice


I just discovered the coolest book art and wanted to share it with you. Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. He's known as "The Book Surgeon", layering pieces of old, thick books into magical masterpieces. Nothing is relocated or implanted, only removed to showcase a new "look" at the original book.

Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

"My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception," he says.

"The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge."

Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.   To see more of his creative love for books, check out his solo art gallery show at      I don't know about you, but it makes me want to write thicker books.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Congratulations to our Show Your Love Contest winners: Maria Hoagland, Rachelle Christensen, Dierdra Eden-Coppel, and Berin Stephens.

Maria Hoagland is our grand prize winner. She will receive a 30 page manuscript review by Sara Megibow, along with a reserved seat at the 8th Annual LDStorymakers writers conference for Friday night dinner. The other winners each receive a seat at the table as well.

Again, congratulations!