Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Poor Writer

Die Arme Poet by Carl Spitzweg

The painting was hanging in the window of a book-binding shop. "That is what I want to be," said Dee. "A writer, living in a cool attic, surrounded by old books." I thought he was kidding.

We were just young students in Europe, dreaming of our future together, exactly forty years ago today. I remember the date, because I wrote it down. I wrote then, as I do now, to clean out my mind and store away precious memories. Dee kept a journal to collect information for stories: facts, images and ephemera (little bits of stuff.) We were well on the way to our future!

Alfred Kazin wrote, "The writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas is a curious anticlimax."

Well, maybe for Alfred. I love it when we finish a book!

The prototype is finished!
(Link to Heritage Associates to see how Marta designed this book.)

These are the folks who have been inside my head and computer for two years.

And here is their story.

Writing a book is like reading one. The characters become friends,
and I hate to say good-bye.
Well, sort of.


Christie said...

It looks fantastic! Can't believe it's all done. No more stories for me either.

The Ridge said...

"Hi, Marta's mom!" THANK YOU for coming by and leaving a comment. I actually was on your blog earlier today and FINALLY made the connection that 'you're all family'! ! ! ! Sweet! I LOVE the business you're in and what you're accomplishing! I also noticed you made a trip to POLAND and did some research! I flipped out when I saw that because my relatives come from Poland and we are at a DEAD STOP on my grandfather's line after landing at Ellis Island! So, I was a little envious that you were able to go and do research. I admire the {3} of you. Marta does such beautiful work. I noticed they have connections to Idaho - that's where I live - Rexburg! We do have lots in common!

Sheri said...

Beautiful book! Kudos to you and family for another victory. It's a wonderful feeling to accomplish something that will live long after you're gone. (Personally, I haven't felt that yet.)

I don't know if I'm really back or not. (Never went anywhere like a certain TravelinOma I know). I think I'm brain dead. Plus my scanner's not working. I have things I want to write about, but just don't feel motivated!

How do you get out of the doldrums??

Tiffany said...

Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment!

kenju said...

It looks beautiful from here, and I'm sure it reads very well, too. Congratulations to you both.

Susy said...

Love your blog!

Keri(th) said...

You guys are likely the coolest family on the planet! I would LOVE to see a PBS documentary about the "H" family and it's offspring!

Michelle said...

I love you. I just love you. The book looks amazing.