Here is something of what I wanted to write last week, which ended up being a whirlwind of packaging and shipping pre-ordered City Crow Stories books in the middle of having the floors in the main part of our house re-finished.
I’d hoped that the launching of the book and the floor project would fall at different times but they seemed pulled inexorably together like catastrophically aligned meteors. Luckily the convergence was more along the lines of domestic chaos than planetary cataclysm.
Because the pre-orders came in as we were madly trying to get the house emptied, and I was still waiting for the books to be printed and bound, it was only when I was actually physically picking up each printed order and placing it with the book to put in an envelope that I saw all the names of people who had purchased one.
As I packed each book I smiled at all the names I recognized, ranging from old friends to people I’ve come to know online.
I wished I could write a little note with every order, but things were so overwhelming at that point I felt I just had to keep going and get the hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of books on their way.
So here is, with apologies for the generalization, the note I wished I’d been able to include:
Thank-you so much for ordering the book.
Thank-you so much for your support over the years (some of you since the first studio sale in the small garden shed I shared with squirrels!)
Thank-you all the encouraging, funny, touching, fascinating emails you’ve sent about your own experiences with crows and ravens and about what my work has meant to you.
Amid the general madness, I’ve felt very grateful to know so many lovely people.
And a PS — many thanks to those of you who’ve received your City Crow Stories, read it and written back with such kind comments.
The Story Behind the City Crow Stories
I first started thinking of creating a book some time in 2020, but the thought just rattled around in my mind, month after month.
The downside of self-publishing is that you don’t have an editor telling you what to do — the book can be anything you want it to be, which is actually rather terrifying.
By the start of 2022 I was determined to get started, but January and February consisted of more mental flailing, as I became convinced that I had to write a book to Save The World via crows.
Relief came when I realized that I just needed to write a few stories about some crows I know — and let the crows do the saving on their own!
Some of my goals in creating City Crow Stories were to:
- make a book that is full of beauty and humour
- create a lot of visual space to let the crows’ beauty and character speak for themselves
- tell the story of how I came to love crows
- help people realize that “my” crows are not the only special ones
- offer some tips on how to recognize and make friends with crows
- encourage people to take a break from the meta-verse
- inspire curiosity in other lives
- as stated earlier, save the world, via crows (a girl can dream …)
Meanwhile, on the home front, the floors look lovely. They’re still full of character, but with a lot fewer splinters. In fact, they look SO good we’ve now got to re-paint the walls to match their splendour, meaning we’re still semi-camping out.
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