I love me a parallel concept. Back in advertising my teeth would tingle when I came up with a concept that had double meaning. Oh joy. Even if that concept was for a boring product like a satellite TV company, cereal or insurance.
So here we are again, this time I’m designing note cards. I must admit, designing note cards is soooo my thing. I wonder why I didn’t come up with this idea years ago, especially since I’ve been in the mail business for a long time.
This is a new collection of note cards of great Paris lines… both in literature and architecture.
Though I dig me some watercolour art, sometimes the best way to show off Paris is with a black pen and creamy paper.
Roman Payne’s book Rooftop Soliloquy drifts here and there. Sometimes I get lost in the language. Other times I just get lost. I put it down for months at a time, but then I return because in between all the bla bla bla are great lines.
Oh that Henry Miller. When he wasn’t boinking Anaïs Nin behind the bushes, he was writing great lines. This café, Le Papillon, is located between Christophe’s boucherie and our apartment. It is featured in one of Anthony Bourdain’s Paris episodes. Recently, it went from traditional French cuisine to a fusion of sorts. It still a great place for people watching.
Further up the street is the intersection where I have spent many a minutes awaiting the lovely Melanie for our rendezvous-ing with friends around town. I haven’t spent too many minutes. She’s Canadian, too, and therefore prompt. Christophe is the butcher in the background behind the umbrella-ed couple.
Most of my quotes are from literary greats of the past, but this one from Juliet Blackwell’s book The Paris Key went so very nicely with my key sketch. I couldn’t resist.
And of course, what is a set of literary note cards about Paris without a quote from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast? I sometimes think that he’s talking not of he and Hadley but of Christophe and myself.
I doubt Victor Hugo spent much time at the English-language bookstore Shakespeare & Company. But I know from personal experience, that I have often left my own apartment with one book, ventured into Shakespeare & Co, and walked out with two or more. I added a few titles you may recognize to this particular note card. Speaking of, Paris Letters, is a Kindle Monthly Deal for the month of October. A mere $1.99 USD… and the same deal is cheaperoo in other countries as well. Check your local Amazon.
- I was on the Creative Living with Jamie podcast: A super fun podcast where we talked about making a living with creativity.
- I was interviewed on Smash Pages: The Comics Super Blog about my ‘comics-adjacent’ books on the City of Lights.
- I’ve got another sweet note card set up and ready in the shop. This one features birds, postcards and Paris. Ooh la la…
PS. The French generally prefer to send a card in January to wish friends a Bonne Année, hence a winter theme rather than a Christmas theme. Plus, birds and stamps look good together.