I have been feeling singularly uninspired. Blame it on the time of the year, blame it on the weather, blame it on the state of the universe, blame it on the boogie. It just is. I am struggling to find my factory setting “annoyingly upbeat” persona.
Then a book arrived, delivered by our very own Stealth Postie, a gift from my good friend and most talented jeweller Div. Postcards Stories written by Jan Carson, not one previously on my literary radar. Every day in 2015 the author wrote a short story on the back of a card and posted it to a friend, and this diddy little book features the best of them. It is finished, I have eaten every last crumb. And I greatly enjoyed it. It was an appropriate choice.
In a similar vein I have periodically, with my usual randomness, been posting cards to friends, delving into a reservoir amassed over the years, always attempting to match subject to subject. A dating agency of sorts. I decided there was no need to hoard these jewels picked up in galleries and museums, tourist information and local shops, they were better off shared. The joy of receiving something in the post far outweighs the ping of an email. It was a way of sending a little joy. A drop only, but a drop is better than a bill or someone trying to sell you life insurance. On the reverse of these cards there are no clever and concise stories lurking, just the odd rambling “I thought you might like this” “Reminds me of you” or other such dull lines. It is my hope that the card itself makes up for my lack of poetry.
And then in a flash, or maybe a slow fizzle, it came to me. The catalyst of course was the ever-generous Div. A new project. Each month of this year I am going to send a book to someone and share on my blog why I have chosen the particular book and the particular person. Not a book review, or a person review even, just why I thought they would be a good match. Perhaps there will be feedback from the recipient, perhaps not. Perhaps you will be inspired to seek out the book, perhaps not. It will be called The Great Monthly Book Giveaway, a title which contains only one possibly inaccurate word.
I am once again feeling inspired.