Pick 10

BBy John R. Hastings
Everett, Washington: John R. Hastings, 2012. Edition of 5.

5.5 x 8.5"; 24 pages. Printed on Hewlett-Packard Premium Presentation, Double-Sided, Matte Paper using an Epson Stylus Photo 2200 printer with pigment ink. Pamphlet stitch binding in stiff wraps. Signed and numbered by the artist.

John Hastings, Colophon: "After several months of creative inactivity I was looking for a way to jump start myself. The idea which occurred to me revealed on these pages. I thought it was a fun exercise that might be of interest to others, so I decided to make a book; however, in my own inimitable fashion, I faltered when it came time to produce a large edition. Therefore, if you aren't able to purchase one of the five copies, you'll just have to come read it at my house."

Hastings' method for book artists to irrigate dry spells: choose ten words at random; use them to write a poem, short-short story, or paragraph; illustrate what you've written. Repeat several times – and make a book.