Thursday, June 20, 2019

A small celebration

Today I finished my book, "In which our main character has a revelation of wonderment." The idea is that I have these moments when I look around and think "the world is amazing. I am so lucky to be here." Sometimes I feel connected to all of life. Here are a few pages. There is another pair of pages here. I did end up adding a few more pages than expected and then made some changes to them.

When she saw this page, my friend Elise said "he is hoeing the earth and the mountains are growing." I thought that was lovely. Thank you Elise!

Soon I need to set up the good photo equipment and try to remember my camera settings so I can take the "good" photos.I may try to make a multiple, but that opens up a lot of new problems to solve, mainly that my monitor is not calibrated to my printer. I would love to find a tech guru who could come over and fix these kinds of things for me.


Hilke Kurzke said...

It looks wonderful! I wish I could have a closer look.

Cathryn said...

Umm yum, perfect. Don't know how you always do this!

Judith Hoffman said...

Thank you Hilke, eventually I'll have more photos. I wish you could come over for tea and we could talk about our projects. (-: It's not large - about 6 inches tall. Feels good in the hand, which is important to me.

Judith Hoffman said...

And thank you so much Cathryn. I can tell you it seems to take forever.

Hilke said...

Judith, that would be good indeed! Who knows, maybe one day... 😀 I was going to write that what I find so appealing about this book are the visuals that find just the right balance between seeming casual and random and very carefully orchestrated. I am sure there's nothing random about them, but the splashed background just lends it this air of playfulness.
Well, but while typing this in, I reasised that what I should put before that is that I like the topic and the odea behind it. But then again that's why I would like to see more of its contents. I am not completely sure I understand how the scene here relates to the idea expressed in the title.
Sigh, indeed, just sitting down, holding it in my hands and discussing it would be great.

Judith Hoffman said...

Hilke thank you so much for looking at this in a thoughtful way. i really do appreciate that. I should have explained better. The little girl of course is looking at the world - its pretty amazing. And that's a pteradactyl in the sky, so it's doubly amazing. The guy in the chair with his "cat" has a moment where he thinks "this is a great day. I'm sitting here enjoying this book and feel good." It's that moment of being glad you are here, glad you are alive, in spite of all the problems and worries that we all have. The cover has an exploration feeling for me - being tuned in to the natural world, feeling connected to all of life, away from the noise and confusion of urban life. In the previous blog post - the guy looking at the large crow - I was thinking about the wonderful moments when I appreciate animals - perhaps in my mind they stand in for a life force that propels us on. Even when life seems horrible, most of us have a strong instinct to survive that I think is at the root of all life. I'm not sure I'm explaining this well. I see myself in all the characters in the book - even the crow and the cat. Does that make sense? I should think about how to explain this on my web page when I get to that point. For me it often seems these things can't really be put into words.