I'm just back from an unexpected trip out of town to see a friend. I snapped photos from the car on the long drive there and back.
The western landscape always makes me think of largeness. And whenever I think of the wildness and largeness of the west, I think of Wallace Stegner.
And when I think of him, I think of this passage from one of his books I read some years back.
Largeness is a lifelong matter. You grow because you are not content not to. You are like a beaver that chews constantly because if it doesn't its teeth grow long and lock. You grow because you are a grower: you're large because you can't stand to be small
I go through so many samples while making my way to a good book. I downloaded this one, first published in 1971, last year, but am only now getting a chance to dig in. So far have found it to be good.
Here's the first line:
I ought to tell you at the beginning that i am not quite normal...
NPR wrote this:
Thirteen-year-old Jessie knows she is a born writer, and through her honest records of parents, classmates, teachers, first love and World War II in England, she reveals her talent.
Many of you mentioned Elizabeth Gilbert's latest book and I have a sample of that. Although I still have a grudge against her for Eat Pray Love which strongly displeased me. But I am willing to forgive and move on. I am hoping to do a lot of reading in the coming weeks surely one of these samples will come through for me.
While I was lolling about at the beach over Thanksgiving break I read Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod. I am on my 2nd subscription of her letters and they are such fun to get each month. If you like reading about spunky entrepreneurs living the good life in Paris, you'll like it. I did!
Another book I'm currently reading is this one:
Easy & entertaining. Like me.
Hopefully you're on to something new this month. If so, let me have it in the comments! There's no reason not to download half a dozen more samples to ipad. Is there?
Sketchbookery Winter Session 2014. For info go HERE. To register go HERE. A few questions answered:
Yes, it's the exact same class as version offered Summer 2014. If you registered back then you still have access to everything. If you haven't visited for awhile you may want to check it out. I've been shining the windows and tidying up everything. It's a bit more streamlined.
Yes, you can "retake" the class. Your access doesn't expire until sometime in July 2015, 2016, or 2019.
I apologize for the difficulty some of you have had in registering. Email me if you keep knocking and no one answers at the registration door. I'll swing by in the Sketchbookery bus, pick you up, and deposit you inside the classroom.
Here is a small fraction of the work created in class by some of the sketch monkeys. Not that I can take credit for their brilliance.