A Special Valentine’s Day Short Story For You

If you’re looking for a special Valentine’s Day short story, check out “Cupid’s Conundrum!”

Cupid’s got a bit of a problem. He now appears old and decrepit, and he’s lost his will to spark romance. In fact, on St. Valentine’s Day, he’s content to merely mope on a park bench, sulking. What has brought Cupid to this lowly state, and is there any way Bernie and Patti can renew his vigor to unite lovers?

Find out HERE!

Check Out Adam Icenogle’s Stickathon Project

I saw Adam Icenogle’s Stickathon projects and they blew my mind.  Once a day during the course of thirty days, he drew an inspirational woman … on a 3″ x 3″ Post-It Note.  I know what you’re thinking, “Big deal.”  Well, let me show you a sample …

Impressive, right?  Here’s another …

I’ve looked at them all, and I am astounded.  How a man did this on a daily basis for thirty days is beyond me.  The sheer talent involved … amazing.

Adam is from near my hometown, my dad is friends with is dad, and that’s how I heard about this whole thing.  I got Adam’s permission to spread the word, so I really hope you’ll drop by his Facebook page and check out the rest of his Stickathon work.  Here’s the address …

https://www.facebook.com/AdamIcenogleStudio?fref=photo

However, Adam’s wheelhouse may surprise you.  He primarily does car illustrations and designs theme park attractions.  You can learn more and check out his work at his website …

http://www.adamicenogle.com/ai_bio.htm

By the way, if any of the Post-It Note illustrations speak to you, he’s taking bids on them to donate to a charity.  Pay this fantastic artist a visit!

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger – A Book Review

Not quite a picture book and not quite a graphic novel, The Night Bookmobile, like its plot, is gloriously subversive in terms of both genre and plot.

In this short tale we have Alexandra, a woman who strolls Chicago streets during the early, early morning. She happens across a night  bookmobile in the shape of a Winnebago.  She is invited in, and, upon studying the collection, realizes she’s read every single copy within the vehicle.  What she learns next surprises her and influences her for the rest of her life, a life she spends searching not only for the night bookmobile, but for its elusive home Library.

And just when the reader begins to feel comfortable, the story takes quite a turn and moves in a totally unexpected direction.  I will not even hint at a spoiler, but I did not suspect the last third of the story whatsoever.

So, as you can see, I very much enjoyed the actual story.  At times it reads like prose, at other times it reads similar to a comic strip.  Niffenegger is not only a talented writer, but she’s a gifted artist as well.  The book’s art, like it’s plot, is unorthodox yet quite appealing.  Though the lines are simple, the picture are detailed with pleasant colors and fine perspective.  I particularly enjoy Niffenegger’s faces.  She’s excellent at subtle expressions.

The best of writing and the best of art should always discomfort us, surprise us, and stimulate our thoughts.  The Night Bookmobile is admirable in that it does all three both concisely and poignantly.