210 | Reading through past Monologues

Mitchel Lensink
Jul 29, 2021
2 min read

Reading through past Monologues, looking for patterns. Trying to see if any process has been made in the past 200+ days of writing. I’m sure there has, as I can already spot things I would do differently now. I’m not fixing it. The imperfections in my past work are part of the process and I must be glad I’m able to spot them now. I’ll fix a typo here and there of course, but nothing else. I do now know that this book will be a single copy again like the One Two One book. It’s a good collection of writings but it is also turning more and more into a public diary.

Monologue, and to an extent One Two One, are both projects to practice my skills. They aren’t my peak performance and should not be presented as such. Making books is a fun enough process but the true enjoyment comes from holding a physical project of your work. I know I’m repeating myself here but it will be such a joy to have a record of my progress to look at some day.

Staring at the Monologue book page design. That one’s a little more difficult to tackle still. Over the course of the year I’m writing many words but pouring those into a book shape isn’t so easy. Photography comes naturally to me and it’s improving almost automatically now. I just keep pushing to better myself without having to actively try. Writing can be daunting at times but as I’m keeping these Monologues swift and spontaneous, it’s not a task I fear.1

Book-designing is something I’m not at all familiar with. I’ve been paying attention to how others do it but that does not grant you the skills required to make something on your own. It’s also not easy to make these digital-first pieces suitable for print. I’m linking back and forth between pieces and I’m referring to other digital only sources that you just can’t do on a page. I guess I’ll have to find a way to deal with those as I go through it.

It takes a while, and occasionally some staring at a page design, but I’ll get there.

  1. This of course does not apply to larger texts, that require more thought and effort. Those can still be cumbersome and tasking. ↩︎

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