Creative Geek: Turn your quotes into random phrases

To turn your favorite quotes into random phrases, there are a few requirements:

1. You are intrigued by wierd, random phrases like those below
2. You are adept with Excel or Numbers or someone who is adept owes you a favor
3. You've got a collection of quotes in a digital file OR favorite quotes saved on Goodreads

As much as I like to make art, I like to use Excel! Another place where my creative and analytical sides meet. But I am warning in advance that I won't do Excel tech support. 

The general idea is to get a bunch of quotes in digital format, merge the words together and sort a bunch of times. So here are the steps:

1. Export your quotes from goodreads: go to Explore, Quotes, My Quotes, Export My Quotes

2. The CSV file you've downloaded will look something like this in Excel or Numbers

3. Here are the Excel commands from the older version of Excel (I use the older version (prior to Vista) because I can use it without having to figure out where Microsoft has decided to hide all of my favorite commands in the version I got with Vista). If you are an accountant or Excel junkie you will get the idea. This will work fine in Numbers, with slightly different commands of course. If you figure out the commands in Numbers, please let me know.

delete all columns except column titled Quotes
select column titled Quotes
format - column width - 25
select column titled Quotes
edit - fill - justify
select column titled Quotes
data - sort (ascending or descending)
select column titled Quotes
format - column - width - 100
select column titled Quotes
edit - fill - justify
select column titled Quotes
format - column - width - 25
select column titled Quotes
edit - fill - justify
select column titled Quotes
data - sort (ascending or descending)
select column titled Quotes
format - column - width - 100
select column titled Quotes
edit - fill - justify
format - column - width - 50

change the font every few rows

When you get all of your quotes set up as you want them, just print on transparency paper, tissue paper or heavy cardstock. Then as you work in your art journal and make collages you will have this assortment of random words with intriguing phrases not of your own invention.

Perfect journal fodder, right?