Arts & Photography, Nonfiction (Adult), Reference
Date Published: May 30, 2023
Publisher: The Black Hat Press
i am in your teeth, your bones, you r nails. i help your muscles contract. i help your heart beat. you need me. I am in every brick in the colosseum and in the walls of caves. I am in soil, sand, and statues. every living thing requires me to function. when the living die, when a building crumbles, i will continue on. i have many jobs, i live many lives. you call me Calcium.
indiscernible elements: Calcium explores the path a molecule can take through various stages of life and death - from the perspective of Calcium itself. through the use of detailed illustrations, poetry, and dialogue, author Korynn Newville creates a discussion around how humans can change the way they create the built environment to be more conscious of the wondrous systems at work in nature. if the same Calcium in a femur bone can be used in concrete to build a cathedral, a house, a sidewalk or can be recycled by a nearby plant or tree, how can humans purposefully help that process along? what would Calcium design if it had the choice? what would Calcium say if it could tell you its story.
Can you tell us a little about
the process of getting this book published? How did you come up with the idea
and how did you start?
It started in 2019 for my
architecture thesis. It started out as a story, and with only 5 large drawings.
I knew I wanted to create something for my thesis work that would allow me to
carry it on past graduate school. In the book, I go into depth about how I came
to the idea of Calcium. A short snippet is that it started with researching and
learning about funeral home design. I wanted to understand what happens when
the deceased is put into the ground. These findings is what led me to Calcium.
Indiscernible Elements: Calcium is making connects through non-fiction
information. Everything within the drawings are also based on research –
everything in the book is very intentional and thought through.
What surprised you most about
getting your book published?
Marketing! It’s very hard! It is a
whole other beast to tackle. There are two separate lives to this book, the
creation and the getting it out into the world. It has been a great journey and
learning curve on how to communicate the books story to get peoples attention.
I am still learning!
Tell us a little about what you
do when you aren’t writing
I live in Driggs, ID and I love the
outdoors. I go white water rafting and dirtbiking in the summer. In the winter
I backcountry snowboard. There is so much to explore here! I love hanging out
with my dogs and going for walks. When I am not outdoors, I am studying to
become an architect. Last but not least, my day job is a project manager for a
As a published author, what
would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
I remember the day when I looked at
my drawings, and decided to change them completely. All the drawings use to
have a white background with black linework, and I came to realize it would be
much stronger with a black background and white linework. This is better for
the eye, and also because the images in the book are always playing with
looking like an x-ray (because bones are calcium).
Where do you get your best
ideas and why do you think that is?
While traveling, playing with new
or old material and relaxing near or in water. I think all of these times is
when I allow myself to wander. It’s those moments that I’d rather not be doing
anything else and can just drift into my ‘lala’ land. That’s when I start to
discover and unfold.
What is the toughest criticism
given to you as an author?
With this book its tough when
people don’t see the whole intention that I have put into the book. Sometimes
it’s also very clear that people do not spend a lot of time with it. Some
people hate the end of the book when I go into explaining how I ended up with
the book. Which is fair! Some people don’t care to know. I wanted to show the
process in hopes it would other people think through own obstacles. I stand by
all of my decisions, and if people aren’t getting those, then that just means I
need to do a better job of getting them to understand. This will only make my
future books better.
What has been your best
accomplishment as a writer?
Finishing this book! Simple as
How many unpublished and
half-finished books do you have?
I will call mine,
‘half-finished ideas.’ There is a lot! I am excited for the future.
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