Definition #154 Experience

I look like you!  And like  Grandpa Papa Mama 2015

I look like you!
And like

“I want to live other lives. I’ve never quite believed that one chance is all I get. Writing is my way of making other chances.” —Anne Tyler

Van Gogh said, “It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.”

John Updike said: “At the point where you get your writerly vocation you diminish your receptivity to experience. Being able to write becomes a kind of shield, a way of hiding, a way of too instantly transforming pain into honey.”

Puzzles in the Sun

Double Selfie in the Sun April 26, 2014

Double Selfie in the Sun
April 26, 2014

Bob's calendar on  made into a puzzle

Bob’s calendar on
made into a puzzle

Of course we’re squinting; we’re sun bathing in E.Providence.

In the shade, we mouse puzzles together on Jigzone. Take any jpg and hone your memory skills with Bob. He patiently plays with our technology as we play and picnic outside the rehab center. We stirred everyone’s interest outside at our picnic.
Mimic away. No copyrights on this experience.

Writing and Illustrating

Spine Poem of Jeanne's Poetry Books

Spine Poem of Jeanne’s Poetry Books

Comment to Laura Purdie Salas:
I find your descriptions so refreshing!
I’ve been tight-rope-walk-ing the last 3 years between writing and illustrating. Writers have very distinct tastes in illustrations, sometimes detailed visions of the image to accompany their words.
They have little experience with the techniques for illustrating, and can’t relate to the technique, but only the finished image. I heard one editor say she waited 2 years for a chosen illustrator to become available for a book. No wonder publishing takes 4 years or more.
Meanwhile, e-publishing can be a blip.
Over the last 3 years I’ve found most of my revelations unfolding when we present at a poetry reading: aloud brings perspective.
Jeanne Poland

Reply from Laura Purdie Salas:
Interesting observations, Jeanne! That’s one thing about self-publishing–most people, even most traditionally published writers like me, have little real insight into the processes of visual arts. Even though I appreciate that illustrating a picture book, for instance, is every bit as demanding and time-consuming as writing one, I really don’t know much about the ins and outs. It’s always a revelation when I get to hear an illustrator speak at a conference and see their process. Or even just revealing blog posts, like the one at 7-Imp with Erin Stead showing some of her linoleum blocks from if you want to see a whale. ( Amazing.

It’s hard just keeping track of my writing career and all its variations and fluctuations. I can’t even imagine throwing illustration into the mix. That’s the silver lining, I guess, of my having absolutely no artistic talent:>)

Thanks for sharing!

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