The Keri Smith Collection
Keri Smith is a popular Canadian author, guerrilla artist and illustrator whose topic is usually about creativity. She has written probably about 9 to 11 books (and counting). First time I encountered about her bestselling book was in tumblr. I was scrolling and searching topics about journal writing. The hashtag redirected me to “Wreck this Journal”, an illustrated journal that indulges your destructive demons to destroy while creating. Reading about the experiences from those who bought the book, got me very much interested in owning one. So I searched about it in our local bookstores and to my dismay, it wasn’t available. I know I have to let it go because it’s not quite popular here in my country. Only a few have heard about it. And from then on, my quest for the infamous journal started.
With a few clicks on the internet, I came across another item that made me forget about Wreck this Journal. I fell for Wreck this Box. Wreck this Box was introduced around 2010 (November 10th if we based it on the author’s blog). This is a box set of her three masterpieces: Wreck this Journal (2007), This Is Not a Book (2009), and Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes (2010). All three books indulges the readers to release themselves while creating things. Each book will loosen up your destructive demons, enhance your creativity, and cure your fear of mistakes and making a mess. The first time I saw it online, I knew I want it so badly. So I searched and searched on how to get one.
My first option was to ask help from my sister. Then I realized it would take time for me to get hold of it as I have to wait when she will send her “balikbayan” box. The impatient kid in me will die if I’ll choose this option. My second and best option is to ask help from a local bookstore. National Bookstore is one of the biggest bookstore in my country. I went to their SM branch to ask about the solution to my “problem”. The manager told me that one email and half a price deposit is the key to solve my case. I excitedly went home and turned on my laptop to send the precious email. It is only around these times that I open my email with the expected 700+ unread messages from newsletters, membership updates, forwarded “chain messages” and other notifications. Email as a form of communication isn’t quite popular on this part of my country. We dont even use it in my workplace, not even a way to send office memos. I guess we fell in love with Facebook and text messages too much. Anyway, I waited for a day or two for the response of National Bookstore’s “book finder”. They gave me a quota including the shipping fee to my city. I hurriedly went to SM again to place my order and pay half of the price as my deposit. The saleslady said I needed to wait for another 60 days (maximum expected date) for my order to be delivered. Yes, I was disappointed and the impatient kid in me cried. But then, I didnt have any choice and I want it so badly.
Days turned to weeks and weeks turned to months, I uncomplainingly wait to hear a call from National Bookstore. From time to time, I visit there and ask if they have any updates. Just in case the package have already arrived and they forgot to ring me. Unfortunately, it took more than 60 days. It will take another two weeks before they will receive my package. It definitely got me upset as the agreement was just 60 days! Well there’s no point if I complain and complain with the manager because she wouldn’t swim overseas just to locate where my box is. All I could do is sigh and wait.
When I finally got a call from them, the impatient kid in me danced with glee. I could just imagine smelling the scent of an unopened box and fresh, untouched pages! I took a picture of every corner of the box before I carefully unsealed it. I took a picture of each face of the books before I slowly breathe in each pages. The prize of being patient is so worth it. I scanned every pages and tried to study what’s really in it. Each page contains instructions that will help shed our continuing search for perfectionism. It unconsciously guides us on how to accept imperfections while we playfully wreck and create a mess with it with unrestrained creativity. Wreck This Box is not only for kids and teenagers but it’s also for adults. I bet this will help your OCD friend.
So now I present to you, my precious Wreck This Box.
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