Thursday, January 26, 2017

AWTLMD continued

According to my desktop dictionary, a tale is a fictitious or true narrative or story, especially one that is imaginatively recounted. It is also a lie. What I'm about to tell is a simple tale about wanting to make a book and write a letter at the same time, and figuring out a way to do both. Honest. No lie. So, here goes a true narrative-tale-story.

I write a lot of letters. I don't always tell anyone about my letters unless the telling is disguised as a gentle nudge or a hint that has an ulterior message along the lines of, "If I'm unafraid to write for the good of something I believe in, then so can you." Sometimes the nudge is "Why not write a letter instead of complaining? Tell 'em how you feel." Not everyone answers but just like the Delaney sisters, once I've written I've had my say. A good rule to remember at the mail box is to let it go and move on. You cannot imagine the joy that comes with an unexpected reply! There have been times when the reply is so long in coming I forget that I'd written. 

Do you ever write to an author whose book had a profound effect on you personally? Was it the best book you've ever read? Did it make you think and want to learn more? Do you ever write to tell author they're good at their craft? I do. I wrote to Geetha Iyer recently. It was e-mail since I failed to find an actual mail address, but I wrote. And guess what. She answered! She wrote a lovely electronic reply and she gave me permission to . . . Well, I won't tell just yet, but she asked for my mail address! Mrs. Iyer isn't the only person to write back. I wrote to Irene and Astrid at FLOW about an issue that is dear to me. On October 4, 2016 Leanne responded with a single sentence. I figured it was simply the standard "Thank you for writing" and moved it. Well it wasn't. Astrid and Irene were true to their word and they acted. I'll tell you all about it in a future post. I must write them a lovely thank-you first. I'd send flowers too, but . . .

So, this post . . . Just a sec. Let me show you something before I go on.


Currently there are 42 drafts waiting to be edited, finished, or written here. Sheesh. There's always a story to be told. Some days I get ahead of myself, I forget to schedule the correct date for auto uploads, or something more pressing wants telling and word and titles pile up. But there's so much good stuff . . . Like this:

                      

I've grown to like these whereas before I hated the tedious cutting and folding, and trying to write tiny words to make a decent letter. Well, people do change, and sometimes too often, I really don't have much to say, then they're the perfect fit. They're also small they require extra postage because  hand cancelation comes into play. Eureka! I had an idea! 


Instead of using a separate sheet of stationery as a supplement, why not go all out and have some fun with bookmaking as well? So I did. And this is what happened.











The perfect tale! A perfect ending.
And a very good book!











10 comments:

  1. you are so creative and talented my goodness where do you get the energy ? take care and keep on , keepin on ...

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    1. I'll take that as a compliment, and I do thank you.

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    1. Thank you! Playing with paper is so much fun. Being in my studio with all the ideas that are shut away in there means do or cry. I must do something creative or . . . :)

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  3. Book making has always intrigued me...sometimes I run my fingers over the faltering, ragged spine of an old book and marvel at the art of the binding itself. I love finding the old paper beneath the actual finished cover! Bookbinding is on my 'want to learn this year' list...that and taxidermy.

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    1. Me too! Since I was a kid I've loved books and their anatomy, which comes in second after human anatomy. I'm currently forcing myself to read a book only because it is extremely well made. It was not produced for the masses. The publishers went all out. I find myself caressing it and picking it up because its heft is pleasing.

      Taxidermy. Why? I'm curious. I think of embalming when I think of taxidermy. You bring wool to life in the little beings you create. So why taxidermy?

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  4. I read the Delaney sister's book eons ago, they were incredible ladies. I wish I'd written to them; to live such long, full, fascinating lives I'm sure there was much more to tell.

    I need to revisit my onsies too. I'm inspired by your book versions. I remember using them when I first began writing as a young girl. Time flies...

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    1. They had such sass, didn't they? I'm sure I still have their book. I wish I'd written to them also, Anna.

      I've grown to like onesies. They've taught me patience and how to say what needs saying with few words on occasion. I have less to say these days so I'm appreciative and thankful for Flow's steady flow of onesies. Shall we try a twosie? An idea just came to me! See you in the mail. :)

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