Above: the April 7 entry in my 2009 fake journal. I'm still using Ziller Acrylic ink with a dip pen and applying washes of color with Schmincke pan watercolors. This scan was made the day the page was painted and it no longer looks like this. Paint from a later page spread has spread onto the page through the gutter, adding a rorschach test of changed colors. Click on the image to see an enlargement.
On this page spread there is a poem quoted in its entirety. We don't know if this is something the author just read or something she had in her mind because of the events of the day. Inclusions like this are another way to add elements to your fake journal that tell us something about its author.
Depending on your author's access to media you might include newspaper and magazine clippings, or comments about internet or television news. What info does your author have access to?
The text on the page spread reads as follows:
NOT THE BIRDRecto Page:
but the shadow of the bird
poem by Ken Mikolowski
[note the poem is quoted with attention to c/lc and line breaks]
American Robin thought to be extinct (Detroit—November 16, 2008)
And I saw one today! bobbing all over the vacant field outside the compund fence. Even Chuck allowed that this was quite an event. Glad to be in Minneapolis now.
09.04.07 5:30 p.m.