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Today is also the start of Pen Pal

In addition to being catalpa day, today is also the day Pen Pal starts. On this day, Em and her friend Small Bill row out into the Gulf of Mexico, and Em throws her message in a bottle into the water.

Here's a (very amateur) picture to commemorate that.

June 27

In the next few months, I'll post pictures and things that go along with the letters and diary entries of Pen Pal--but without spoilers. I'm hoping to do a book giveaway on Goodreads, month by month, too, but I'm waiting for word from them, because I want to do it a little differently from the standard way.

Em's first letter

ETA: And how nice: a message-in-a-bottle story came my way today, from the icebergs between Nunavut and Greenland to the shores of Ireland:

Article: Emily Chan, "Message in a Bottle: Letter Dropped in Arctic Ocean Found in Ireland"


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Jun. 27th, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Em,
--If Em had gotten your message, maybe this is what she would have written back--

Dear Cinda,

Thank you for writing back! I am excited my message made it all the way to where you are.

About those bird feathers, my little sister wants to know what kind of bird the feathers are from. Do you think another bird killed it? Here I would guess a Cooper's hawk.

I think I know what you mean by beautiful and scary and sad all at once. Once when I was little my dad took me and my brother fishing with him, just line fishing, and he landed a yellowfin tuna. It was so big, and it thrashed around, and its fins looked like sickles for cutting marsh grass, and I thought maybe it might cut off my dad's hands or my brother's legs if they got too close. And then pretty soon he was just laying there limp and dead, and I felt like a great hero was gone from the sea. I don't normally mourn much for fish, but that time I did.

Do you want to trade feathers? I'll send you one from here and you could send me one from there.

Love Em
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Jun. 29th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Em,
Razor fins, tails, jelly, stings, and whips--oh yes. (Asakiyume here, appreciating this catalogue of the gifts of the prodigies of the prodigious sea.)

Cinda_cite, I saw a moose the other day! My first ever! In the woods in my neighborhood. So big. My friend saw it first; she thought it was a horse at first. But then the ears! And the hump. It was a moose.
Jun. 27th, 2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
I love the visual images of Mermaid's Hands.
Jun. 27th, 2014 04:13 pm (UTC)
I'm glad!
Jun. 27th, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
Those pictures may be by an amateur, but the proportions are correct. Most people never do get that right.
Jun. 27th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
Proportions are hard! And children's proportions aren't the same as adult proportions, which adds to the difficulty, and people in the foreground are larger than people in the background….

anyway, thanks for the words of encouragement.
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Jun. 27th, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yes they surely are! So many worlds living side by side--which reminds me about another post I should do, about thoughts about infinite worlds. . .

Thank you for doing that ♥
Jun. 27th, 2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
This is so cool.
Jun. 28th, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC)
Jun. 27th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's so lovely!
Jun. 28th, 2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
Jun. 27th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
That's a great illustration. If I saw that almost anywhere, I think "That's Em throwing a bottle into the sea..."
Jun. 28th, 2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
Yay! That's what I like to hear :-)
Jun. 28th, 2014 02:12 am (UTC)
That's an awesome picture.
Jun. 28th, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
Not as awesome as what's in my *head*, needless to say, but thank you! Glad you liked it.
Jun. 28th, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC)
Very few things come out as amazing as what's in our heads.

Did you listen to that song I linked to?
Jun. 29th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
We're talking about the ones from the museum exhibition? Those I did listen to. Or did I miss an entry?
Jun. 29th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)

I don't think you missed anything recently.
Jun. 28th, 2014 05:09 am (UTC)
This is lovely to read about, and to see!
Jun. 28th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
very glad ^_^
Jun. 28th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
I hope that someday (soon) you put together an album or library or book of all of your doodles and sketches (and your sugar cookies).
Jun. 29th, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds suspiciously like work, littlemoremasks!

(but thanks for the vote of confidence in the bits and bobs)
Jun. 30th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
In New England there is no division between labor and leisure.
Jun. 29th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm just coming to this post today because I traveled to a town by the Mediterranean. I wish I would have seen it; I would have thrown a message into the sea in honor of Em and Kaya.

One of my favorite things to do when reading Pen Pal was to look at the dates and see if "important" dates in my life figured. My birthday, as well as Sprout's and J's did. :D Junebug wasn't born at the time, but being a springtime baby, he didn't make it. :P

Edited at 2014-06-29 08:04 pm (UTC)
Jun. 29th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
I ***LOVE*** that three out of four mnfaure family birthdays featured in Pen Pal <3 Makes my day!
Jun. 30th, 2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
Nice idea to connect these stories with "Pen Pal." Curious to see your approach to a giveaway on GoodReads.
Jun. 30th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)
sometimes I wish I could unrope our house and see where it might float to.
Me too.
Great sentence. Mark Twain would have approved.
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