A Letter to Neil Gaiman (A Pure Imagination Project)

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(My poor drawing skills don’t make Neil any justice. I deeply apologise)

Dear Neil,

I am here to inform you that you are now part of my Wisdom Street thanks to your remarkable The Graveyard Book volumes 1 and 2. I have yet to read the book, but the graphic novel was superb. Text and illustrations formed a perfect marriage. Stardust was another brilliant treat, followed by The Book of Magic. All those stories were so imaginative and magical. They made my mind soar once again, and they brought back a very old dream of mine of becoming an author. Hopefully as creative as you. What I love the most about the Graveyard Book was the growth of Nobody Owens and all his adventures. And there were so many adventures to be had in the graveyard, so many dear friends and awful foes. It had the feeling I was reading Mark Twain and his Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Imagine if those three met – in a world of fanfiction everything is possible, so who knows – and had the best adventure of all times.

I truly want to thank you for making me believe in magic once more, and that old amazing tales of wonderful people doing remarkable things are not dead.  Those selected tales at Unnatural Creatures were also a very special gift, and I would like to thank you one more time for introducing me to new authors whose imaginations equals yours in so many ways.

Most of all, this is a thank you letter. I feel I am almost ready to face the world of creativity and publishing and create my own adventures. Even if I do not succeed in being successful, if I can touch just one reader the way your stories have touched me, I will be incredibly happy.

Sincerely,

Alice

PS 1: For those who are interested, I highly recommend The Graveyard Book.

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PS 2: If you ever read this, Neil, sorry for being so forward and using your first name. >.<

Art by Willian Fagiolo

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You might notice by the surname that it is the same as mine. We are a family of artists. Art is in our minds and hearts. It has always been, and it will always be. We are sensitive souls in a world in need of more sensitivity. So I would like to introduce to you the art by Willian Fagiolo, who is not only an amazing father, but also an incredibly talented artist.

Willian has started out very young, first as a musician and DJ by the age of 12, then as an architect. As time went by, his chameleon ways expanded to a variety of subjects: urbanism, traffic design, city development, city planner, painter, illustrator, sculptor and photographer. Lately he has been taking lots of photographs, capturing everything that fancies his eyes and turning them into sensitive contemporary works of art. His drawings follow his dreams in an explosion of traces and colours. His portfolio has grown so much that we have decided it was time to share it with the world.

Bywillianfagiolo.com has been created having in mind that our world needs more art, plenty of it, so it can be shared and spread and admired. Art is food for the soul. It touches us in different ways, and allows our own imagination and creativity to soar.

If you could be so kind as to click on http://www.bywillianfagiolo.com/ and leave a comment we would be so delighted. You have the chance to purchase his art and choose the one that touches your heart the most. You can also choose from a variety of sizes (A0, A1, A2, A3 and A4). The impressions and copies are in plotter and are limited editions. Payment can be via paypal through the email bywillianfagiolo@gmail.com. Just email us with the number of the piece of art of your choice and the size you would like it to be. Be the proud owner of a ByWillianFagiolo work of art. You will fall in love for sure!

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Geraldine McEwan

I was so sad to hear the news that Geraldine McEwan died… She was a terrific actor and my favourite Miss Marple. I remember the first time I was watching Marple and thought at first that she was way too perky for the Marple I envisioned. But she completely captivated my heart the more I watched the show, to the point that I cannot see Miss Marple as anyone else but her. Julia McKenzie is great, but just not the same.

Rest in peace, Geraldine. Your Marple made a huge impact on me.

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A Letter to George Orwell (A Pure Imagination Project)

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Dear George,

I could write you a letter full of clever remarks and difficult words, but I have none of those in me. Instead, I would just like to say that you are now a tenant at my Wisdom Street. Right next to Neil Gaiman. I think – because that’s all I do, sometimes to a maddening point – that you would like your neighbor and your neighborhood. I wonder what you would all talk about. Would it be about life and its bigger meaning, bigger than all of us? Or would it just be about something trivial such as a broken pipe or the fact that Neil should turn his music down a little bit on the weekends.

But never mind that. The reason I am writing is to thank you for two of the most amazing books I have read in my life so far: 1984 and Animal Farm. Although at first – and last – glance those were extremely pessimistic stories, they were also warnings. What saddens me most is that, unfortunately, people are just not listening to you. And unfortunately, the world is heading towards a totalitarianism disguised as democracy.

Animal Farm made me ponder a lot about socialism, capitalism and changes in society. We all (well, not all, but some) start as revolutionaries and wannabe heroes, wanting to change the world, to make it better, to make us all equal, happier, free. I was like that in college. I had that wonderfully naive idea we could all head towards the same goal and achieve our hearts desires. I forgot, of course, that heart’s desires vary quite a lot from person to person. All revolutions are good, there’s no doubt in my mind about that. However, they are also tricky. Animal Farm is a perfect portrait of that. A group is set to fight inequality and end up being like the ones they are fighting against. We are all equals. No, wait. Some are more equal than others. We fight inequality creating even more inequality. It is a crazy world we live in.

And then there was 1984, which I have read quite recently. The politic of fear. The Big Brother watching over us because we do not know any better. We need the iron hand of the State on us. We need someone telling us what to do, how to live, how to behave and what to feel – or not. We need control. What better way to do that than through fear? We all fear something. And I fear we are on the brink of another revolution, only this time the world itself is tired of being plundered and sacked. The world itself is crying for help. The world is on the verge of changing once again. Change is good until it becomes bad. Then it is time to start all over again.

It is a vicious cycle. And we are all in it. Together.

I wish I could be clearer. I am not a great thinker. I wish I was brighter. I have humbly placed you on my street for making me question myself and the world around me.

For all of that, I’ll thank you forever.

Sincerely,

Alice

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A Pure Imagination Project – Chapter 01 (The Wisdom Street)

Welcome to my Wisdom Street. I thought long and hard whether this chapter should be drawn with buildings, tall and small, old and new, crazy and old-fashioned. My mind was full of ideas. Straight buildings, crooked houses, Dubai inspired ones… It would have been fantastic, if only I knew how to draw all of what was on my mind that is.

Instead, I have decided to make my street The Wisdom Street, and instead of buildings I  would draw people. It was not easy to choose from such a long list of authors and cartoonists that have inspired me so much over the years… I am still bothered by the fact that I left Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde out. Or the Grimm brothers and Lewis Carroll. It makes my heart even sadder to have left out CHARLES DICKENS. Damn you, Alice. But I am quite happy with those who now live on my street. Here is my amazing list of tenants:

– George Orwell (“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”)

– Neil Gaiman (“Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.”)

– Shakespeare (“We’re all in the same game; just different levels. Dealing with the same hell; just different devils.”)

– Marjane Satrapi (“All big changes of the world come from words.”)

– Quino (“No es increíble todo lo que puede tener dentro un lápiz?”)

– Fernando Pessoa (“I bear the wounds of all the battles I’ve avoided.”)

– JK Rowling (“We all have magic inside us.”)

– Jane Austen (“It isn’t what we say or think that define us, but what we do.”)

– Agatha Christie (“Time is the best killer.”)

– Andrea Camilleri (“A positive vision is what keep us going despite the misfortunes and set backs that fill our lives. The sole disadvantage is that it stops us to seeing evil.”)

– J RR Tolkien (“Not all those who wander are lost.”)

And here is what the street now looks like:

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I will be writing about each and every one of them, and why they are so important to me personally. I apologise for my poor cartoon skills. I thought Shakespeare and Fernando Pessoa looked pretty cool. JK Rowling also looks rather pretty. But Neil Gaiman, I am so so sorry. >.< If you ever see this – which I hope you don’t – I promise to draw you better next time.