19 All Over the Place Spoken-Word Poems
29 Original Illustrations
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"Life'Scrap, But Fun K: Part 1, All Over the Place" written by Marisa McFarlane is the first installment of a spaztastic three-ebook Spoken-Word series. The pieces become longer and more detailed or theme-oriented with each installment. All of the parts were written throughout McFarlane's life from high school to college and grad school. This first part in particular took three months to collect, edit, illustrate, and finalize. These mashups of words and images are expressions of passion and creativity to combat depression and insecurities.
The editing and layout of the pieces reflects how they are performed through Spoken-Word, which is spoken and heard. Topics therein include love, loneliness, braggadocio / self-help, alter-egos, relationship building, fun gibberish and random thoughts, reactions to art, personal life stories, and random questioning of life. The author declares her biracial ancestry and feminine identity through wordsmith rhymes and colorful imagery. She is writing from the perspective of a young woman of color finding her self and exploring her worldview. These words and worlds of hers have been poured out for readers to drink and eat as food for thought.
For dessert, illustrations appear as letters sparking the start of each piece, as well as visual representations of the meanings of a few of the pieces. The illustrations were all hand-drawn and then polished using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. The visual art heightens the significance of the pieces and gives readers more creative insight into the mélange of methods Marisa McFarlane uses to express herself. This project is an experiment to break into the world of writing and publishing with music and performance always in mind. She has many more plans for art projects, such as a full-length music album and a children's book. Eat up the brain candy!