100 words days squares
100 days of writing 100 words and designing a square a day
by Susan Graves
This little square book was an exercise in micro-movements and the spirituality of imperfection. No editing of writing or drawings allowed - (except the ridiculously obvious!)
I wrote 100 words a day for 100 days
I designed one Zen Square a day for 100 days
Zen Squares are pen and ink drawings that I've been doing since 2004 that began in the form of what I call Calendar Art. I design one calendar square a day - and this one square a day becomes a montage of 365 days of unique designs at year end. This all morphed into what I call Zen Squares. Basically, it's a manageable burst of creativity - daily.
The 100 words are often stream of consciousness thoughts and feelings in a 100 word a day format, exactly 100 words - no more, no less. Some make sense, some don't. Some reflect a moment of serenity, anger, grief, joy, epiphany and just spilling out whatever poured. During this period my brother died suddenly - so that is reflected in the tone here or there. After the first few entries, I decided to shape them into my epiphany du jour and wrote as if for a friend. You, gentle reader, are that friend.
Oh, and there are two pages at the end for YOU to create your own Zen Square and write your 100 words. I invite you to do that, and hope this book inspires you in some small zen square-ish way.
100 Words Days Squares Published August 31, 2011