And here’s a look inside of the blue notebook in said bag:
Stories are inside, is essentially what I’m saying. I’m deep like that.
Windows, says Cheri in this week’s photo challenge post, are portals into the world’s stories. Equally I say to her that stories are our window onto the world. And according to something I saw on Pinterest, someone called Horace Mann once said ‘a house without books is like a room without windows.’ BOOM, bookish version of the challenge, followed by one that involves literal windows.
‘Before taking a picture, Jeff studies his scene – looking at a shot horizontally and vertically to decide what orientation works best for his photograph.’ ME TOO, JEFF. Not only have I read some of this pile of books, I’ve also assessed them horizontally and vertically, from several angles, as they sat on my living room floor for this challenge. So profesh.
Having said that, it turns out I slightly missed the point (i.e. to do the same shot both vertically and horizontally), but whatever, that’s the sort of maverick I am. You should probably get used to it for when all my 12 books are available to download.
In the meantime, do you recognise any of these already published books? Leave a comment saying which ones, and you will win a special prize! The prize of my respect.
The prompt for this week is foreshadow. So far there are lots of incredible entries showing gathering clouds before the storm, this thoughtful one about growing up… and now, my take. I’ve actually got two, because why the heck not. First, the opening to the excellent children’s book Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. This foreshadows some of what is about to happen to lead character Sophie.
And second, my newest notebook (bought on Friday when I went into Paperchase for a birthday card…). This foreshadows a trip I’m taking to Canada and the US in October, for which I figured I’d need a beautiful notebook to write my adventures down in. Perhaps said adventures will be the foundation for another children’s book in the vein of Howl – so that makes this picture a double foreshadow! Or something.
The latest photo prompt from the Daily Post is Masterpiece – so naturally the entries thus far include things like architecture, awesome geological features, and smiling children. Mine is more reflective of my reading habits, which I think is legitimate because the prompt in full reads:
‘No matter where you are (and where you’ve been), I’m certain you’ve stumbled upon something extraordinary: a place that blows your mind; a work of art or object that speaks to you; or even a location or scene that’s special, unusual, or even magical in some way.’
I bloody love a good dystopia, and there are plenty to choose from – but The Handmaid’s Tale is probably my favourite – and may actually have started the whole thing, now I think about it. I first read it as a teenager and it just tapped into something in my brain, or ‘spoke to me’ if you prefer. It felt frighteningly plausible, which a lot of these books do – a good dystopia essentially speculates on possible fallout from the introduction of new technology, so is generally grounded in recognisable science and social situations.
The Handmaid’s Tale may have the edge for me because it was my first dystopia, or because of Margaret Atwood‘s prose, or perhaps because of being from the perspective of a female protagonist; comparatively rare given the others I considered photographing were Oryx and Crake (also by Atwood, also awesome, but with a male narrator), Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and 1984 by George Orwell.
I strongly suggest you read them all, and an honourable mention must also go to The Passage by Justin Cronin, which I read in February this year. It was never really in the running for this photo because I read it on kindle, which is not as aesthetically interesting as a paper book – but if you like dystopia it’s a damn good read.
Due to the nice weather we’ve been having, a lot of people have been posting pictures of icy drinks for this week’s photo prompt. I considered adding a gin and tonic to the list, but opted to go with something a bit more representative of life at the moment (more’s the pity..). Y’see reader, the first thing I am faced with of a morning is this: a fresh page in my notebook, waiting to be filled with more of the rewrite of book 7 I’ve been ploughing through.
This is the sort of rewrite that has changed almost everything – focus, plot, gender of the main protagonist… you name it, I’ve changed it. In a lot of ways it’s been like starting from scratch – afresh, if you want to labour the point a little more. Still, I’m optimistic the story will come out of the process fitter, happier and more productive. And if not, guess I’ll crack into the gin.
Haven’t done this for a while, but this week’s photo challenge is curves, which was simple to put a bookish twist on!
The book in question is Hell’s Bells by John Connolly, a sequel to his YA debute The Gates. Both are very funny and worth a look – and if you enjoy them you’ll be pleased to hear the last in the trilogy, The Creeps, is due to be published in the autumn.
Disclaimer: I’ve never read Mr Connolly’s grown up thriller type books (although I have read The Book of Lost Things, which was fun) so you can’t hold me responsible if you love Charlie Parker and don’t like these!