My Aunt Pat calls them Book Jams. When I was getting ready for the Waterfront Festival I was planning on creating some small chapbooks…then on the Friday before the festival the chapbook became a “Book in a Jar.” We are Sunshine in a Jar, after all. It makes sense that we should have books in a jar. We sold them for $10 and they were a big hit!
Each jar was decorated with ribbons and stickers. Inside were colourful, hand-cut slips of paper.
For the Festival I made three titles:
Questions in a Jar: 50 Questions for Friends and Families.
Fun for Camp Fires, Road Trips, Picnics, and More!
- If you were to plan the perfect family party with an unlimited budget, what would it be like?
- What is your worst memory of school?
- If you were to drown in a liquid other than water, what would you choose?
- Would you rather lose all of your old memories or never be able to make new ones?
Sunshine in a Jar: 50 Quotations to Uplift and Inspire
- “We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.” Gayle Forman
- “Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.” Mario Fernandez
- “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela
- “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” Mother Teresa
Creativity in a Jar: 30 Activities to Boost Creative Energy in Your Life
- What drives you to take risks, to dive deep into yourself? Make a list of ten things and then plan when you will try them. Aim to take more risks for the next week and see how it changes your life and your creative energy.
- Schedule a weekend just for you. Unplug from social media, email, and the phone. Stay home and create for the whole weekend.
- Why do you create? Spend some time exploring your “why.” Put it down on paper and then post it near your creative space.
- Go dark. Spend twenty minutes free-writing about your creative shadow, describing how it looks and moves and speaks. Write about all the dark places creativity has taken you—in the things you write about and in the way creativity changes you. Fill the page with fear and pain and sadness. Later, return to the page and see where you can offer light.
I plan to create some more “Book in a Jar” titles for the 2016 Cobourg Waterfront Festival.
Today’s book launch for FROM THE COTTAGE PORCH was a great success! Approximately 80 people attended. Including online pre-launch sales we sold 181 copies of the book. This is a great start for a new compay. Thank-you to Mary E. McIntyre for this picture of the attending authors/contributors and a picture of me. James Dewar was a wonderful MC. Pat O’Prey filled the room with campfire songs and classic rock. His smooth voice and guitar were the perfect combo to get the cottage porch rockin’ !
Many of the authors attended. Lots of books were signed. The readings were a highlight!
Special thanks to all the friends, family and supporters who attended. There was a lot of love at Safari Bar & Grill today.
This beautiful book features the talents of 31 outstanding writers from across Ontario. The 43 stories, memoirs and poems are organized using the passing of time at the cottage. From the dewey, crisp mornings filled with birdsong to long afternoons on the water to lively evenings spent around the campfire, the book moves from sunrise to sunset.
Table of Contents
The Cottage Porch
Shabbat on Eagle Lake
A Morning Revelation
At the Cottage
So much depends
The Epic of the Reluctant Diver
Anne Louise Currie
A Message from the Outhouse
Susan Lynn Reynolds
The Summer of Shovels & Three-leaf Clovers
The Old Timer
Cookie Goes Swimming
Everything I Know about Leeches I Learned at the Cottage
Phyllis Diller Stewart
You Whisper in my Ear
Family Picnic Magic
Tilly’s Socks to the Rescue!
Our Cottage My Heaven
Finding the Sameness
Your Strange Cottage
When Trees Could Walk
Elaine Cruise Smith
Coming and Going and Life In-Between
Anne Louise Currie
Cottage Behind Me
Fireworks: July 1st
Closing the Cottage
Susan Lynn Reynolds