So, as briefly mentioned last Friday, I will be going on vacation beginning Friday for 10 days. And I am totally checked out. I'm still trying to get some writing in, but man, trying to come up with a blog post when you don't want to do ANYTHING is a bitch.
Anyway, are you guys familiar with Brian Andreas's Storypeople? No? Well you should definitely check it out. I've been a fan for years. YEARS and keep a list of my favorite ones.
It's hard to really explain storypeople, but they're little stories, each one a few sentences or less, and they're just awesome.
You can also get them as sculptures, furniture and prints (I have a print in my room of Bittersweet, listed below)
Some of my favorites are:
Bittersweet - "She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful & life was so short."
Raspberry Patch - "My great-grandmother sent us out to pick raspberries in her garden while she watched the first moon walk on TV. You'll have plenty of time to see things like that, she said, but those raspberries were carried overland by your great-great-grandfather. She was very wise. I see pictures of the moon walk all the time, but all I have left from him is the memory of those sun-warmed raspberries."
Enough Time - "Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life."
Confusion - "It took me a long time, she said, to stop confusing safety with love."
Duty - "My great uncle shot & killed his own brother for disturbing the peace & I wonder if anyone ever tried to quiet his deep deep sorrow. Duty isn't consolation enough."
Mr. Right - "He loved her for almost everything she was & she decided that was enough to let him stay for a very long time."
No Difference - "There was a boy with skin as dark as the earth & a girl with eyes as blue as the deep & they loved each other so well that people could not tell them apart, for in their hearts, there was no difference between them."
Pillar of Flame - "One summer night, we took my parents' grill & we put in some sticks & paper & soaked the whole thing in lighter fluid & then my friend turned on his shortwave radio & we listened to some scientist in Houston who was saying where Apollo was at that moment & at the exact time it went over us, we lit the stuff in the grill so the astronauts would look out & see this light & they'd say 'What the hell is that?' & we danced around the pillar of flame & sparks laughing wildly because while the astronauts were out there unlocking the mysteries of the universe, we were back home in Chicago making more of them."
Untitled - "Reality is bigger than all of us, he said, but it still gets a lot smaller right before I go in to work"
Take a look when you have a chance!