I was doing a quick journal page today, a week behind with the prompts in my weekly art journal group, and realized after finishing the 2-page spread that, in fact, my life was imitating my art.
The prompt that I was working to was “Alphabetical”. I googled “alphabet quote” and this one by Richard Price caught my eye.
“Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet. It’s enough to make you lose your mind day by day.”
Now, I know nothing about Richard Price or whether he is an author. My mind was on how to interpret the quote in my art journal. Which I did. (That’s the almost unreadable quote below the head on the left page.)
It wasn’t until I posted this art journal spread online in the Journal52 group that I realized how it applies to my own life. For three years now I have been writing and editing a novel, my first. I have deleted and re-arranged a huge portion of the book and I’m still not finished. It really can make you feel like you’ve lost your mind….or at least the idea you first started with.
So, there you have it. Life imitating art (or is it the other way around?). Hope you are doing something creative today!
(Author’s Note: It turns out I do know something about Richard Price but his name did not ring a bell when I saw the quote. He is the author of the books “The Wanderers” and “Clockers” and also wrote the screenplays for “Sea of Love”, “The Color of Money”, “Ransom” and many others. Okay. Credit where credit is due.)