October 10th, 2011
another list because time is short these days

1. I love all of my readers. You guys are the best. (Especially “Folks call me Johnny”, who makes me laugh at least once a week. I almost peed myself several times.)

2. Today was a wonderful day. Happy baby. Happy Momma. Happy family.

3. For Elizabeth: I would recommend the Pema Chodron lecture “Getting Unstuck” (available from Sounds True). It is also available in book form. It is just easier for me to listen to lectures currently, and hers are really fantastic.

4. My dog got sprayed by a skunk a month ago. He still smells. He is sleeping by my feet. Can you conjure that smell right now? Try it.

5. My “Adfree” interview went really well. I realize after not talking about the matter for a couple of years I had so much built up about it and I completely unleashed it all in one fail swoop. Actually there is a lot more in there but I will save it for another time. I have never been more passionate about questioning advertising than I am after having my children. I want to reinvent the whole world for them. But if I can’t do that then at least I will speak out against what I feel is wrong. I will let you know when the article is out/up later this week, after I read it myself first. I’ll give you a hint, it’s a Toronto newspaper.

6. The feedback for “Finish This Book” is really amazing so far! Seeing people working on the pages thrills me to no end (and makes me a bit jealous because I really want to do it too but as I mentioned, time is short). I want to tell you to go see what people are doing in the Flickr Group, but I realize that you probably shouldn’t go because it will give too much away (the book is in part a mystery after all). So don’t do it. Save it for yourself to discover. You’ll thank me for it.

7. The fall weather makes me reminisce about my bookstore, where I worked before I became a full time illustrator/author. On the cold days we always had a fire going and you could cosy up in the big, feather stuffed couches and read to your heart’s content. It is a magical place, with creaky wooden floors and beautiful paintings with secret hiding places behind them (true story). I haven’t been there for a few years now. I wonder if they carry my books?


9. I left number 8 intentionally blank.

10. Number nine didn’t really have much content to it.

11. Neither did ten now that I think about it. To make up for it I will write about the next thing that comes into my head. Right now…

12. My feet are cold.

13. I didn’t promise it would be interesting. I should probably go to bed now.

Oct 11 2011
8:55 am
lottie anderson writes:

I’ve been searching for your artist’s manifesto. Can’t find it.

HELP!!!! I’m in desperate need.

p.s. Hope all is well

Oct 11 2011
9:22 am
katrien writes:

Hallo Keri,

You’re an inspiration for me, again and again. Thank you! I made several special postcards, and they were delivered the next day. See, if you like: http://katrienruitenburg.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/bijzondere-post-deel-2/.
I wish you all the best for you and your family,

Katrien, Holland

Oct 11 2011
11:30 am
kerismith writes:

Do you mean this one?

Oct 11 2011
11:30 am
Jenny Smith writes:

Oh no, Poor Winchy Dog! I would think that it would be very difficult to get the smell out of his big fluffy coat! :(

Oct 11 2011
11:43 am
sonrie writes:

Lists are so helpful for organizing ideas. Leaving numbers blank are helpful for when you remember you thoughts and need to add it in higher than the bottom one.

I also hate cold feed. And cold finges and noses.

Oct 11 2011
11:43 am
sonrie writes:

“fingers” not finges. Cold fingers cause spelling mistakes as well.

Oct 11 2011
3:55 pm
folkscallmejonny writes:

Keri, the pleasure was all mine. (P.S. Looking forward to the Scandinavian edition of Finnish this Book).

Oct 11 2011
4:09 pm
Still wrecking writes:

Wouldn’t you like to live in this house…?
Sorry, it’s got nothing to do with the subject of your blog, but anyways. Felt like sharing.

Oct 11 2011
10:53 pm
amy writes:


i love the list

makes life and blogging easier :)

Oct 12 2011
3:05 pm
Dr. S writes:

I love the Nicholas Hoare bookstore in Ottawa! I was in Ottawa for a conference in 2006 and ended up spending much of that trip at the National Gallery of Canada and at Nicholas Hoare. So good.

Oct 20 2011
10:48 am
Hamish MacDonald writes:

Thank you so much for directing me to Pema Chodron’s lecture. What a gift those ideas are!

I’ve read endlessly on the subjects of getting things done, procrastination, being productive, and such, but she slips – quickly, easily, and with a great sense of humour – underneath all those topics as if they were a feather duvet.

Er, sticking with this metaphor, she then gives you the cold feet of truth and the water bottle of peacefulness at once! I’d highly recommend it to anyone.

Oct 23 2011
1:59 pm
joyce van kuilenburg writes:

dear keri,
I love your books and am currently into your latest.
it makes my day a little lighter when I complete a page, even if I now have a book 3 times its original size( I took it for a walk on the beach).
lots of love,joyce

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