Obviously, plans to include fiction on this site underwent change. I tried, but was never fully at peace with my plans. It seemed I hadn’t thought them through sufficiently….the inspiration just wouldn’t rise up to meet me.
My mind turned and turned; it felt like a rock tumbler, the thoughts rough and unformed. I wanted to take some of the things I am passionate about and share them. But what exactly should I include, and how would I accomplish this? At long last my mental tumbler kicked out a few partially polished ideas.
How many times have I wished time travel were possible? Wished that I could have seen the creation of the imaginary kingdoms of Gondal and Angria, afterward to tag along on the moors with Emily Bronte? That I could walk the streets with Charles Dickens and sit quietly by, unnoticed, as he created brilliant works of fiction? These were dreams that would not come to pass. Times have changed, countrysides and cities have altered– technology grows by leaps and bounds from minute to minute. And, in fairness, I can’t properly complain. Not when I enjoy the amenities these things provide, in particular my laptop and the internet. But still….
I wondered…perhaps I could create handmade inks? Inks in black and other lovely colors, scented from plants rather than perfumes. I could temper and fashion a variety quill pens in the manner of the 17th and 18th centuries to go with those inks. And in line with my chosen theme (literature, art and nature) I would turn some of my short works of fiction into miniature books (not so miniscule as the Gondal and Angria books, but truly small, nonetheless). I would copyright them and print them on 100% linen paper, create my own book covers and hand stitch each book. And Lacy, who shares my dream, worked alongside me, creating original artwork for one of the books (The Woman), crafting beautiful works from nature: mobiles and miniature herbal terrariums, as well crafting beautiful displays. We worked together and the result is Ink and Paper Wings, now showing each Thursday from 8 am to 12 noon at the Victorville Farmers Market. So, if you’re in the area, please stop by and see us, we’d love to visit with you. (Oh, and we also have copies of Brooks’ Reply for sale!)
I still live in the 21st century. I can’t change that. But I now feel just a little bit closer to those eras I most want to visit.
And thanks, as always, for taking the time to read. May your day be as lovely as a walk on the moors….