The Maybe Islands are Hostile to Human Life

I’ve got Jenny Doh’s Creative Lettering book out of the library at the moment and it has been inspiring me to play with letters. I made this postcard, quoting from the book I am currently reading – Jeanette Winterson’s “The Stone Gods” (highly recommended – the most poetically beautiful scifi novel I have ever read):

maybe islands postcard

The truth is that I’ve spent all my life with my binoculars trained on the Maybe Islands, a pristine place of fantasy that is really no better than the razor rocks of misery […] Maybe, baby, that promised land was there and I missed it. Look at it glittering in the light. But the truth is that I am inventing the maybe. I can only make the choices I make. So why torture myself with what I might have done, when all I can handle is what I have done? The Maybe Islands are hostile to human life.

I think I have spent too much of my life with my binoculars trained on Maybe Islands. Time to set my sights elsewhere.

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3 thoughts on “The Maybe Islands are Hostile to Human Life

  1. justlyd says:

    I love your lettering and the words you’ve chosen. I do that too-a lot. I think it’s contributing to the state of blah I’ve been under lately. (Happy that I saw this today.:)

  2. Art and wisdom. Thanks for posting something to get me thinking. :o)

  3. violet says:

    Beautiful quote… I will have to pick up that book! đŸ™‚

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