Don’t forget: tomorrow, May 3rd, is California Bookstore Day! Come visit illustrator Amalia Hillmann and me from 10-12 at Village House of Books!
This adorable nook is located at 326 Village Lane, Los Gatos 95030. Free parking can be found off Bachman Avenue.
There will be book signings, food, balloons for the kids, and a chance to see the original Illuminator’s Gift artwork! It’s also a great chance to show support for a local independent bookshop. Downtown Los Gatos is a fun and walkable community, so stop by VHB, then keep wandering!
A day of writers + artists + independent booksellers will = a lot of creativity.
Which leads me to poet John Donne’s famous line, “No man is an island.” (Or woman, for that matter.)
Especially not a creative man or woman.
Much of creative work is solitary in nature–writing, painting, sculpting, knitting, composing. I actually really enjoy this aspect. Too much time with people can wear me out.
But not enough can wear me out, too.
I’ve lately been encouraged by meeting with a few other creative friends. Last Friday we got together for dinner and a chance to collectively discuss/pursue our endeavors.
A calligraphy artist, a painter, a video game designer, a knitwear designer, and a writer sat around a table, ate cookies, talked about canvas stretching and fountain pen brands, made geeky jokes, and occasionally fell silent to be productive.
It was such a fun and inspiring night that I wrote a haiku about it:
Swish of pencils, click
of needles, tick of pages–
nerdy artist friends.
Sometimes, it’s other people who refresh our own creativity.