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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

It's Going Well

The facsimile edition of the Scopae Mortuorum is coming along rather nicely.  I've had to share my time between finishing off a small notebook, bound in an Apollo era Lunar map and writing a review for a book for a print magazine.

Several pages are now complete, with further work on the cover delayed until all the text is done.  I'd hate to make a nice looking cover only to find that it's 1/8th inch too small

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Broom Book Project

I'm currently working on a project in my spare time, to bring some of the classic works of BroomKondo to a wider audience.  It's something I've wanted to do for a long time, but thought it would be far too pricey. 

Looking at self publishing services online, the cost per volume would have been much too high for me to finance.  It was the present of an Amazon gift voucher that set me along a different route.

With modern desktop printers, the actual text isn't a problem.  I simply type it up and print it out.  But how to present it in a more professional way?  I have done some short A5 booklets in the past, but I wanted something grander.  Browsing through Amazon, considering what I'd spend my birthday voucher on, I remembered seeing a blog post with pictures of some hand bound books the author had made as part of a course and the looked great.  So, I got a Kindle book on the subject and a starter kit that contained the basic supplies needed.

Along with a couple of excellent YouTube guides (I'll add links at the bottom) and I was off and running.  I have to say that I've been rather impressed with the results.  I've never been especially good at anything in the way of arts & crafts.  My drawing skills are close to zero and arts classes back at school put me right off.  I did enjoy Technical Drawing though and can use a ruler, straight edge etc. just fine. Following the instructions, I've made some rather elegant looking notebooks.

Next, I simply need to replace the blank pages that I've been using for the notebook with the printed pages of, say, "The Ways of the Broom" and bind them myself.  Once I have a few made, I can then add the proper library classification on the spine and start inserting them on the shelves of major libraries in the region.

As a side project, I'm also working on a facsimile edition of the famed Scopae Mortuorum .  I'll try and keep you informed of my progress via this blog.


From Sea Lemon there's these two tutorials that will take you right through the process.

here: and

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Welcome Again and Again

Well, what a long time its been.  What a long time indeed.  And what have I been up to in the mean time?  This and that, with some reading thrown in too.  One particularly good read was a biography about Kerry Thornley, one of the confounders of Discordianism.  Well worth a read if you find a copy.  At the time I was also reading a book about the JFK assassination not realising the synchronicity between the two.  The Kennedy assassination weaved a complex web throughout Kerry's adult life.  At times it seemed as though Eris the Goddess of Chaos had been summoned and consequences echoed through time and space.  But that can't have been the answer surely.  All just a series of coincidences.  Surely....