The Wrecking Ball Call

Laughter & mayhem ensued on the Wrecking Ball Call! Not only did we get a chance to chat about what we all got out of this experience but the wrecking continued - LIVE! Enjoy the call.

MP3 File

One Journey Ends & Another Begins!

What a celebratory last day. The Wrecking Ball Call was amazingly fun. Spontaneous wreckage exploded! I'll get the recording posted as soon as I can.

In the meantime, let me announce our next delicious book: The Joy Diet by Martha Beck. Come on over, find out more and sign up here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Getting Ready for The Next Chapter: Wreck this Journal

Our Next Book: Wreck this Journal by Keri Smith
Start Date: Friday, June 5.

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Welcome to third session of The Next Chapter book blogging group, a creative satellite of Jamie Ridler Studios. You are invited to join the adventure through Wreck This Journal by the amazing Keri Smith.

About The Next Chapter

The concept behind a book-blogging group is that a community of bloggers work their way through a book together, sharing their experiences by posting on their own blog and by reading what other participants are sharing. You can choose to share as much or as little as you like. You can join at any time. This blog will be our home base and will host the blog roll of participants. I will be sharing my own personal explorations through the book on my blog, Starshyne Productions.

About Our Third Book: Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

From the first page: "Warning: During the process of this book you will get dirty. You may find yourself covered in paint, or any other number of foreign substances. You will get wet. You may be asked to do things you question. You may grieve for the perfect state that you found the book in. You may begin to see creative destruction everywhere. You may begin to live more recklessly."

How fun is that?

Or maybe you're a book perfectionist like me and the idea of wrecking your journal makes you gasp!

Either way, it's sure to be a creative adventure and you won't want to miss out!

To Join In:
  • Simply sign up in the form above.
  • You will need a copy of the book. Unfortunately, this isn't one you can get from the library. Well, you could get it from the library but they probably wouldn't appreciate you wrecking it up. The good news is that it's very affordable. You can purchase it here in Canada and here in the US.
  • You will need a blog. If you don't have one yet, you can set one up quickly and for free on Blogger.
  • You might also want a camera or a scanner, so you can share pics of your weekly creative destruction but that's totally optional.
  • Start: Friday June 5
  • Finish: Friday July 31
The book is non-linear, so each Friday we'll simply check in and share how much we've wrecked, how our journals are looking and what the experience has been like. Starting June 5th, I'll put a post up on this blog that will include a space for you to add a link to your own blog post. On the first day, all you have to do is have your own pristine copy of the book in hand and be ready to get wrecking!


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This summer - let's play!


  1. I already own the book, and forgot it... So I'd like to join you :)

  2. This will be so much fun! I have my copy. I'm in!

  3. I just checked this book out at I LOVE IT!!! It is the perfect book for the summer that requires very little cerebral thinking! Count me in! I can't wait to get started!

  4. My copy just arrived!! I think this might be the greatest book since Yoko Ono's Grapefruit! FABULOUS choice, Jaime!

  5. Are you serious? This rocks! I have a half-completed WTJ that I've been meaning to pick up and finish destroying. Count me in!

  6. so excited! i'm travelling right now and brought one book with me.....this it feels a bit serendipitous to have come across this! i'm so in!

  7. So happy and so grateful to you for doing this project Jamie!
    I am not embarrassed to admit there is no creative outlet and no cool people in my town for me to hang out with.
    I will SO be here with my copy of WTJ!!!

  8. Count me in !!!!! I shall be purchasing my book in advance though..!!!

  9. YES YES YES!! I just bought this book! I can't wait to play!! I might invite my boys to play too.

  10. OH I would love to play. I bought this book awhile back and this is just the kick in the butt that I need to wreck this journal!!

  11. I;m ordering the book now so I would like to be part of this book group.
    The other one I got so much out of it.

  12. I have the book and ready to go. Looking forward to it. :)

  13. I have put off joining because I don't even know if I'll have the money by the beginning date...but by golly I'll join and I'll participate and I WILL get the book! erm, that's me Universe, putting out my request...pretty please!


  14. I'm really looking forward to doing this one Jamie and the fact that Mom is going to be with me wrecking it I think will be a blast. I'm hoping she does a little video of me getting all destructive, something I happen to love being. :)

  15. I'm in ordering my copy of the book now! Super excited:)

  16. I got my book and can't WAIT to get started!!!