Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Book Love

I have a book fetish. I'm a bibliophile. But not just ANY book will do it for me. While I do love autographed, first-edition classics, it's the one-of-a-kind hand-made books that really make me salivate.
I've also noticed that some artists are doing amazing re-covers on the classics, and when I win the lottery you can expect to find some of the editions above on my shelves.
When I started writing my childrens book, Lucy Clayfoot, I wanted to keep an illustrated notebook of ideas, both written and visual, to refer to as I progressed with the writing. I was inspired by authors like Rowling, Dahl, and Lewis Carroll (See a fascimile copy of his original Alice In Wonderland below).

So I bought a journal (In hindsight, I should have constructed it myself) and I continue to use it as a companion book for my ideas as I write Lucy Clayfoot on my computer. It's one of my prized possessions and there are very few people that have seen it before.

On the inside cover are three motivational quotes that spoke to me for various reasons...
"Wrap your dream in a blue cloud cloth away from the too-rough fingers of the world" ~ Langston Hughes.
"There's nothing more painful than a dream unrealized" ~ Stephen King's mother.
"Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it" ~ Steve Alten


  1. Have you ever thought about writing the entire book in your journal once, then going in to the computer and tweaking there? That would be fascinating.

    Here's a good basketball quote for you that is really about life itself.

    'In basketball, you miss 100% of all shots that you don't take."

  2. George Gray

    I have studied many times
    The marble which was chiseled for me --
    A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.
    In truth it pictures not my destination
    But my life.

    For love was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment;
    Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid;
    Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances.
    Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life.

    And now I know that we must lift the sail
    And catch the winds of destiny
    Wherever they drive the boat.
    To put meaning in one's life may end in madness,
    But life without meaning is the torture
    Of restlessness and vague desire --
    It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.

  3. Ken,
    Although that would be an amazing experiment/experience, I'm already too slow a writer without finding new ways to slow me down. BUT, I would love for the published version of Lucy to LOOK handwritten, so I may push for a "handwritten" font. I really want the book to resemble a weathered, dog-eared field journal. Not sure if that's just a pipedream or not, as I don't know enough about how publishers budget for something like that. Good quote too,thanks!
    Ceci, thank you! You're inspirational, as always.