Books That I have Loved

During a conversation with my husband, I was complaining about how I can’t figure out what to write on this blog. And in his usual way, he cut right to the point and said, “Why don’t you write about books?”

Um yeah, that would be obvious right? But I’m not going willy-nilly into this and just write about any old books, no sirree bub.  I’m going to talk about the books that I LOVE. First up, this lovely gorgeous thing.

Firebird

This book was actually my grandmother’s. When I was a kid and my family would make a summertime trip to grandma’s house and stay for several weeks. This was one of the books I always looked forward to pulling off of her shelves to read. I’d cuddle down in the reading/library area, grab this off the shelf and read it several times over. In later years, when I was a teenager, she rearranged things and I once found it under what can only be described as a sex manual. For same-sex couples.

Yeah, finding one of your favorite books in your grandmother’s house under THAT book? Let’s just say it was hard to look at Grandma for a while after that….

When Grandma passed away, I rescued it from my parent’s massive book-giveaway and have carted it across the country with me. The cover is ripping apart (NOOO!) and strangely enough, despite the many times I’ve opened this up to read, I never once noticed that it was edited by Jackie O until I stopped to take the picture. My eyes always travel to that amazing picture of the Firebird and completely ignore the text beneath it.

It only has four stories in it: The Firebird, Maria Morevna, The Snow Maiden, and Vassilissa the Fair. I always loved the Firebird, but Vassilissa the Fair was a close second. There are fantastic title pages for each story and the illustrations are amazing; they’re probably half the reason I love this book so much.

 

It’s a cold fall day here and which means it’s the perfect time for me to sit in a chair, drink some tea and reread this book for 1000th+ time. Which is precisely what I’m going to do. 🙂

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In the meantime, in between time

I’ve been writing a lot lately; working on stories, doing some world building and making maps and revising old stories. But I can’t write allll the time; my poor eyes and fingers can’t take all that. I have to have other hobbies, things that don’t involve screens.

Last week, I picked up this beauty at the thrift store for 99cents.

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Hellllloooooooo Cinderella! I started it on Sunday and had it finished by Tuesday morning. The hardest parts by far were the dress and the grass. I have the same approach to puzzles as I do to writing. If I get stuck somewhere, too overwhelmed to focus and figure it out, I go do something else. Cleaning. Cooking (I made some badass banana breads the past couple weeks). Reading. Something ELSE AND DIFFERENT to clear my head. Sure enough, when I pass by my puzzle table or sit at my desk again, something clicks/snaps/floods my brain and everything works again. I got so stuck on even starting that carriage for a few hours so I left, did some laundry and looked down at the puzzle when I passed it and woooosh I could it put together. That section was done in under 5 minutes. (And yes, laundry waited. Who needs non-wrinkled clothes anyway?)

Gods, I love moments like that. Can I get more of them with my writing please? I’ve been having a doozy of a time with making a map of one story (SO MUCH FUN) since it also brushes up my somewhat rusty design skills but writing…oh boy.