Welcome to International Fake Journal Month 2013!

What is IFJM?
Please read the page "What Is IFJM" for details.
Learn the difference between Faux, Fake, and Fake Historical Journals.

Contests for 2017
Currently there are no contests planned for 2017. Check the side bar "Contests for 2017" to see if this changes.

Participants who Post Their Journals
A list of 2017 participants who are posting their fake journals this year will appear near the top of the right side bar of this blog around April 5. Lists of participants who posted their pages in 2010 through 2016 appear lower in the same column. Please pay them a visit and check out their fake journals.

View a Couple of Roz's Past Fake Journals
Roz's 2009 fake journal takes place in an alternate Twin Cites, where disease has killed the human and bird populations. (It ends up being an upbeat tale of friendship.) Watch a video flip through of Roz's 2009 fake journal here.

Read an explanation of Roz's insanely complex 2011 fake journal.

Tips on Keeping a Fake Journal
Click on "tips" in the category cloud.

Remember, "Life's so short, why live only one?"


Thursday, March 3, 2016

International Fake Journal Month 2016 Will Be Starting Soon…

I've received many emails and Facebook messages in the past two weeks—people are wondering about the celebration for IFJM 2016.

Yes, it's happening and yes, it's right on schedule.

As I told participants of the Facebook group for this on-going project, you can at any time access the past posts on this blog that give explicit instructions for how to prepare, how to select a journal to work in, how to think about your media choices, and how to begin to get to know your character—the individual who will be creating the journal.

The best way to find these blog posts is to look in the category list called "Find Related Posts." Keywords like "tips," "fake journal choices," and "character building" can help you.

It's also important to know what is NOT a Fake Journal. You can discover that by going to the top of the blog and clicking on links for "What is IFJM?" and "Tips on Keep a Fake Journal."

Look also at "Faux Historical Journals" and "Historical Fake Journals" in the category list. Historical journals trip up a lot of people and I go through some of the key reasons why in the posts in this category. Make your month the best opportunity for growth you can, eliminate frustration. Skip the Historical and focus on the "real" in Fake!

In fact I think it's a great idea if you look through the entire category list for topics that might resonate with any questions you have. I've written some pretty comprehensive posts.

Additionally I recommend that you go down the left column to the various participant lists. There you'll find names liked to the postings of participants' past fake journals. These are great fun to look through. Leave them a note to tell them how their work has inspired you to participate.

You can also find flip throughs and other notes about my various fake journals at the top of the blog, and in the category list. I have flip throughs on my YouTube Channel.

You will notice that the new button for 2016 is now in place at the top of the left column: "Shift in Place" is the theme for this year. I will have more to say about it next week. Remember that you aren't required to follow a theme. I think this year's theme is very important based on past trends among participants, so you might want to check back and find out more.

If you would like to join the Facebook group for International Fake Journal Month please message me on Facebook. Then I will have your exact Facebook name and can invite you—it is a closed group, open to people who are actually creating a fake journal in April, and to people who think they might and want to discuss it. The group is for sharing only work related to IFJM and not other artwork.

As always, I look forward to seeing what you create during IFJM 2016.

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