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TINY YELLOW HOUSE PRESS- Now releasing a children’s book…in limited numbers (VERY limited)
March 31, 2010, 2:59 pm
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"HERE'S THE COVER, WITH 'OLE WILLIKER HIMSELF- The book is part children's tale/part PHYSICAL CHALLENGE- as I've NEVER come across as tongue-twisting a story (and one so MASSIVELY laden with Alliteration) as this one. Good luck (you might want to have your smelling salts on hand!)."

Er….yeah, its not so tiny house related, but it does feature my vermont cabin!

My Cabin in VT- built by myself, my brother Dustin, and my Wife, Liz...

I’ll also post some interior art shots of the kid’s book soon, as I realize that few people want to buy a book based on its cover). I’m just swamped right now, and preparing for a recording session on drums with a certain rock singer who at one time fronted a HUGE band with the intials “VH”. I’ll prob post on it sometime next week. I’M BEYOND PSYCHED- as this guy will be singing lyrics I wrote- which is a little surreal….

ANYWAY, I’m now releasing my long-ago written (Well, like 3 years back), and fully illustrated Kids/Children’s book through my own indie micro-print “Tiny Yellow House Press”  (“Williker Wumbly-( Tale Of A Traveling Watermelon)”). I just got it printed up in a VERY small run as I realize few people will be willing to give an indie children’s book a try- BUT… if anyone’s interested, its a mere $6.95 (+$2.40 S+H). Add an extra $0.60 if using paypal. The run is numbered and all copies are signed.

      Small House-wise: My Vermont cabin/shack makes a clandestine appearance in the book- as well as some other find-em-if-you-can gems. The book is one of the more terrifically and torturously-tongue- twisting travel tales you’ll EVER read. ‘Meant to be so…so again, prepare to be tripping over your own tongue as you read it.

BACKSTORY (here to now): “Williker Wumbly” is also the catalystic reason I decided to go and release my housing book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts (And Whatever The Heck Else We Could Squeeze In Here!”) on my own (and glad I did- as its sold pretty “dang” well). “Williker Wumbly” was my introduction to the world of publishing, where I soon found out that no-one cares, unless you’re ripping off and re-writing an already existing fairy tale (the websites of some publishing companies actually ASK for those type submissions ONLY!), you’re already some celebrity with both feet in the door, or you get extremely lucky in this awful economy (where fewer and fewer people, sadly, read books at all). On top of it all, unless you have a paid for agent (that’s all it takes to get one- a wallet), your book, even if mailed in, will not be looked at, or considered.

And the thing is, I’m not saying that mine’s in this category, but some of the BEST books I’ve EVER read (heck, MOST of ’em), and some of the very best bands I’ve heard (who sadly never went anywhere), were 100% indie and underground.

So, ahem….back on track, I’m goin’ it alone again- and trying to slap ’em back from a one man stance…watch ’em squirm, make ’em pee their pants…(sounds like the beginning of a hip-hop tune I should pen…hmmm…..)

Purchase-wise, my paypal id/name is senorsell@hotmail.com– and since the book releases are numbered- who knows, yours may some day be worth something (in trade for a piece or two of stale Bazooka gum, perhaps!). All copies are signed too, but I think I already stated that, and that might actually LESSEN the books value, so I’ll shut up now….

My book/mailing address are in the lefthand column of this blog’s homepage….or if illegible (the program displays the address in a bizarre-light color- email me at kidcedar@gmail.com

Thanks! More d.i.y. books on the way too!

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Other small house/cabin books- and Tiny Yellow House-“TV” update
March 30, 2010, 2:58 pm
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"My son's homemade b-day card AND a thanks/menu page in one of my upcoming books- how's THAT for multifaceted!?

Thanks to Sakura of America for the pen/art supply sponsorship- their Micron pens write like a friggin’ dream, and have been a huge (time-saving) help with some of my new, upcoming art. You can check out their goods at http://www.gellyroll.com ) and its an honor to be backed by the same company that is behind the books and artwork of Dan Price. If you haven’t read his small-living/small housing book “Radical Simplicity“- you’re missing out on a fun, inspiring, art-filled, read!

Also- Got some really cool fort and cabin photos on the way, but meanwhile, I’ve been hard at work (where time allows) on my next book (actually next 3, if you count two other mini-zine-like releases). One will be tentatively titled “Half Man, Half Bird: The World’s Smallest Houses“- which will focus on really bizarre, trash-built, birdhouses and birdfeeders, as well as human designs, AND a few crossovers….

Another zine-book "thanks" page- done with those new Sakura- Micron illustration pens- LOVE 'em! (both art pics here were test runs with the new pens)

And- NEW episodes of Tiny Yellow House– coming REAL, REAL SOON!!!!! With book reviews in subsequent editions- if anyone’s out there who needs some press-coverage/love.  Believe me, I know how hard it can be to get people to even glance at your book, so I’m trying to give back to other authors by reviewing or featuring their works in later episodes.

And for those who missed “TINY YELLOW HOUSE” Episode #1 on Youtube….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEvYT3CMtQI

-Deek



The Clarence Schmidt House- and a small scale imposter?
March 26, 2010, 2:41 pm
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I’m back in the saddle again! Sorry for the blog-update delay folks, but I’ve been real busy plannin’ and getting the next two episodes of “Tiny Yellow House TV” for youtube.com ready (which mostly consisted of FINISHING my “Gypsy Junker” cabin/shack, so that it’ll be close enough to show worthy. With two kids, another follow-up small housing book in the works, yet another side-tangent book, a regularly giggin’ band, and much more, its not so easy to find the time.

I LOVE the stacked-up, hokey factor of this one- I took this shot in China, Maine last summer. I've always loved this "shacky" looking house- which is merely 2 FEET from the water's edge!

ANYWAY, Episode’s #2 and #2 are going to be backed/sponsored (well needed) by a variety of people, ranging from http://www.afewgoodplants.com (just featured in Mother Earth News Magazine too (conrgats Stuart!)), The Sand Bar (an ultra-cool/tiny LIVE rock venue in Lynn, MA), Sakura Of America Pens and Supplies (who sponsor my art/books now), and more…..

Still need people (REAL cheap) for other upcoming shows- I have wayyyy too many things to film, but few funds to do it. kidcedar@gmail.com

And lets end on this note….the Clarence Schmidt house in Woodstock, NY which burned to the ground many, many years ago. What I would have given to tour through this beast! Made of nothing but salvaged junk. Its just BEYOND COOL! It would have been the perfect setting for “The Hills Have Eyes”- Part 3!



JUST SOME RANDOM Photos/Cabins/Forts for a FRI Afternoon….
March 19, 2010, 2:42 pm
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Without rhyme or reason….here’s a few photos I’ve stowed away, and/or found online that “put me in a good place”.

"A really cool lookin' houseboat I snapped a picture of, before my wife and I hopped the ferry from Woods Hole, MA to Nantucket last summer"

 

"Now THAT's what I call a backyard! Southwest Hogan: Saw this on tinyhousetalk.com= Alex Pino's Site"

 

Hogan Interior

Also- Keep checkin’ back too- NEXT weekend- we shoot Episode’s #2 And #3 of “TINY YELLOW HOUSE TV” (search under that name on youtube), and THANKS to a few WELL-NEEDED people and companies who are going to back us to help foot the bills, and keep things alive- I’ll be mentioning them soon, and we still need a little more help- those cameras, equip, and crew don’t rent themselves…

A really cool/sleek Japanese barn loft from a Katherine Sharpe Readymade.com blog

-Deek

kidcedar@gmail.com



FREE GREEN’s TINY HOUSE COMPETITION….Michael Janzen and others. And a TINY YELLOW HOUSE TV Update…
March 15, 2010, 10:29 am
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Up and running right now, and a GREAT way to burn away your bosses’ time while on the clock (Stick it to that S.O.B.!), is a housing design competition through http://www.freegreen.com

Michael "Pallet Man" Janzen's "Tiny House Cluster"- a Four-in-One Small House Compound

Michael Janzen’s entry, above, is only one of many to grace this all-out design battle (all entries must be under 1800 square feet), and there’s a huge array of competitors to check out- and to grab inspiration from. Check out the Freegreen site, or http://www.tinyhousedesign.com to VOTE now.

Oh yeah, in more juvenile news, I just launched another blog, which I’ll begin more work on soon….  http://www.whoFORTed.com hyuk, hyuk….and I’m ALWAYS looking for cool, hokey, forts, treehouses, and beyong- to feature… email me at kidcedar@gmail.com

Meanwhile, I’m working on a ULTRA-tiny scrap-built vegetable-burning “wood”stove for my “Gypsy Junker” mobile-cabin, which we be the next subject for our March 27th shoot of “TINY YELLOW HOUSE TV”- WELL OVER EIGHT THOUSAND viewers now, in under 2 weeks, and we’re looking for small scale sponsors. Already- thanks to Donnie Byers of AWAKE BY SUNDAY and DEVINSTATER DRUMSTICKS (handmade sticks/100% heart!- from a two-man army http://www.myspace.com/devinstaterdrumstickco email him direct for orders) from New Brunswick, Canada (who’ll be tied into an upcoming tiny-houses for musicians episode), and SAKURA OF AMERICA ( http://www.gellyroll.com ) pens/supplies who are sponsoring me/backing me for my follow-up book (now in the works).  Their support is well needed- to help with equip, crew, rentals, etc for THREE MORE shoots we have scheduled.

Again, here’s Episode #1 which has gotten favorable review from READYMADE MAGAZINE, MAKE MAGAZINE, and received front page coverage in “THE STOUGHTON JOURNAL”, amongst other things…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEvYT3CMtQI



MAKE MAGAZINE gave me some love (platonically)- AND the hickshaw FOR SALE
March 11, 2010, 10:56 am
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"Now THIS is a treefort- not one of those fancy-schmancy, uber-exclusive Millionaire treehouses (from davidsibley.com)"

Just the other day (two back) Make Magazine (who also run Make TV- a REALLY cool show on the Create Network (at least, in the Boston area), ran a blog feature on my ultra-small, portable cabin “THE HICKSHAW”- 14 square feet (its for sale too- read below).

You can check out the VIDEO/FILM/TOUR of the cabin, and Make’s write-up here….http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/03/introducing_the_hickshaw.html

AND- as I’m working on a few other things, and need to make some space in my “Sanford And Son” backyard, I’m offering the “Hickshaw” up for sale….so email me with any questions/offers, as I’m not yet sure what to ask (it took a TON of time to build, and is the original prototype for others I’ll eventually build).

ALSO, thanks to those who have supported my d.i.y. efforts with my book (shown in the righthand column) “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts (And Whatever The Heck Else We Could Squeeze In Here!”)- https://relaxshax.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/the-books-finally-here-gary-larson-meets-bob-vila-housingfortsmall-houseshack-book/ . The hand-sketched 101 page book has gotten coverage and awesome reviews from David and Jeanie Stiles, Lloyd Kahn, Mimi Zeiger, Michael Janzen, Kent Griswold, Katherine Sharpe, The National Small House Society. Readymade Magazine, Mikecann.org, and a TON more. THANK YOU all so much!

And again- episode two of “Tiny Yellow House” shoots March 27th- and then Episodes three and four in mid-april. We do need some small scale sponsors to affordably back us (to help cover costs, in return for visual and vocal plugs in the newer episodes)- so email me at kidcedar@gmail.com (Episode #1 has averaged 600+ views each day since it launched last week)= so you would be heard/seen by a very decent (and continual) amount of people.

-Deek



Toss in a few musty novels, a bottle of red wine, some jazz records- and voila! -Heaven.
March 8, 2010, 9:44 pm
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First- Thanks to Queen O’ The Blog Scene Katherine Sharpe of Readymade Magazine, who just did an online write-up for my new web/tv series kick-off “Tiny Yellow House”- and to Mimi Zeiger (also a writer from Readymade). Those two are too kind, and have been super-mega-spectacularly supportive of my book and weird projects! CHECK: http://www.readymade.com/blogs/readymade/humble-homes-presents-the-hickshaw/ AND http://loudpaper.typepad.com/loudpaper/2010/02/tiny-revolutions.html

Otherwise….I Just love this photo of a tiny, tiny house/shack in who-knows-where, and I wish I could remember the photo’s source (perhaps http://www.shedworking.co.uk -a great site). But to me, its almost picture perfect of “what relaxation is” -personified.

"The tiny red trimmed house from nowhere"

And as for the “musty novels” title- I have always loved the smell of used paperback stores, ever since my days shufflin’ around “The Book Swap” in Guilford, CT. My father Glenn built all their shelving when I was a kid, and the Lipton’s who owned the place, often let me pick out a book to bring home. Good Memories. Boss Pizza n’ Musty Novels. I guess the place is still there (sure hope so). There’s not enough hours in a lifetime for the books I’d love to read, and I’m still not even HALF sold on downloadable books- it just strikes me as a cheap, hollow, imitation (at the expense of angering its supporters-sorry!). Maybe I’m just a young-ish, old fashioned guy. That, or just damn stubborn.

-Deek