Feeding Rats on B Street


Free to download PDF version: Feeding Rats on B Street

Yes, I’m asking you to print & fold your own copy of this little book. It requires just one sheet of paper. Open the pdf and print at actual size. How to fold instructions are located here.

Since this is the first in a series of mini chapbooks featuring my bad poetry, I’ll share a little background.

We were playing with this idea in 2015, but got bogged down in alignment issues.  Half the text must be inverted, so I was printing one half, rotating the paper, and running it through the printer again. That’s where the alignment issues began. The feed on my cheap inkjet printer consistently sucks the paper in with little regard to the margins set by the word processor. It wants, and takes, more than a quarter inch. Paper folds created another alignment issue. It seems the outside layer requires a bit more paper than the inside layer for all edges to align properly. Printing on a copy weight paper improved results.

I kept trying to adjust the margins and column widths, then ended up doing a cut and paste the old fashioned way (scissors and tape) with Jim Villani at the Pig Iron Press before running off hard copies. They were fun to pass out at poetry readings.

I forgot all about making chapbooks until a couple weeks ago, when the idea of using GIMP for the layout popped into my head.  It worked. So, I updated the back cover and here it is… the very first in a series of mini chapbooks available as a pdf so anyone who desires a free copy can print and fold their own.

Is the alignment perfect?

No, but it doesn’t have to be perfect.  It’s a frikkin piece of folded paper. Chapbooks are not meant to be perfect. The intent is to distribute words (poems or little stories, with or without illustrations) in a fun, economical, and tangible manner.

If anyone else is doing this, please let me know… it would be fun to collect chapbooks.

Thanks for reading!


How to Fold a Chapbook

This is the first post in the new Chapbook category so I can link back instead of posting  “how to fold one sheet of paper into a little book” instructions on every post.

The photo is just a guide… fold on dashed lines, cut between the dots on the solid. If you want to print it out to practice, here is the pdf:  chapbooktemplate

Please note: it is JUST a guide and your average home inkjet printer does NOT feed paper in precisely, so ALIGN YOUR PAPER EDGES (ignore the lines) as you fold.

Okay, here’s how to fold:Fold paper in half lengthwise.Open it up and fold in half the other way.Fold in half again, but only pinch it in the middle (where the dots meet). Cut along the fold (on or near solid line) between the pinch fold (near dots).Open it up and fold it back in half lengthwise. Then pull the folded edges apart and flatten to align those folded edges with the outside edges.Another photo to help explain that pull apart thing.Fold in half with cover side out.

Do NOT expect perfection.  All edges will not perfectly align because it is a folded piece of paper. There is no stretch in the folds.  Thin paper yields the best results.

Now that you know how to fold a single sheet of paper into a mini-chapbook, you can make your own. Blank books made of plain paper are fun for the kiddies, too.

Have fun! Thanks for reading!

Golden Cross Clipart

This is  clip art I made while playing around with button designs… click on image to open the media file so you can save it at full size.  The background is transparent. The edges are not crisp and clean. It is like surrounded by a little glow, which worked fine for making button magnets.

Copyright restrictions:  The cross image is free clip art… free to download, free to use… the only restriction is you cannot legally sell this clip art AS clip art.

Thanks for looking!