Exercises in Style Two Ways

 I love it when I pick up a package from Amazon.com at the post office and have no idea what's in it. What did I order, and when? Was it the middle of the night, just before sleep, or first thing in the morning before brushing my teeth or grinding coffee beans?

When I opened the package (with the eagerness of 12 year old Julia Claire on Christmas morning), I remembered the circumstances of this particular order: I cleaned my desk and found two small scraps of paper ripped from an edge of a legal pad with my scribbles on them. On one was written, "Raymond Queneau's Exercises In Style." On the other, "Flo says Lynne Perrella's Artists Journals & Sketchbooks  – Exploring and Creating Personal Pages is good." (I remember our conversation. My sister,Flo, is an artist who has worked in many different media. She suggested Perrella's book after I told her I was fooling around with blank books and pasting, scribbling, etc. in them and that it seemed to be freeing up my writing.)

I can hardly wait to dive into both and will let you know what I find!

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