Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My New 38 Year Old Book

It appears I may have accomplished more in my first 7.5 years of life than I have since. Take, for example, Robyn's New Book. This went to press on January 31, 1973, when I was a mere 6 years of age. I did my own illustrations too. Not to brag too much, but I was a much better artist then than I am now. I hope you like this story. Some of the words got cut off, especially as the plot thickens (damn publishing company!), but I think you can decipher the deeper meaning. If not, let me know. I might be able to recollect my intentions. Enjoy!

















See the palm trees and high-rises?
I grew up in Los Angeles.



























My favorite page: "Mother dose all the worke!"
































"This is the hole family who lived in the city."


34 comments:

  1. Ha! Thats awesome, you were one smart cookie...love that part too...mom does all the worke! So true. But whats with all the dead space?? Does it have some kind of deep meaning I'm missing?

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  2. The deeper meaning, Michelle: in 38 years, the author and illustrator would publish this post on the worldwideweb, if only she weren't so computer challenged. After hours of frustrated efforts, she would alas figure out how to make it look just right, killing off the dead space. The end. xo

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  3. That is darn cool...
    I saw no references to chocolate in your book. So, when did the addiction start?

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  4. its great that you still have all that stuff (anything from my childhood is still at my folks house)
    you were quite the artist

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  5. Oh look you did fix it, nice work! I'm following ya back...funny cause I thought I already was too.

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  6. That is so cute!! Good job you. :)

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  7. Oh, I really loved all of that!! So, so sweet. It reminds me of how I wrote a book when I was 7 that my grandmother typed our & my dad illustrated. I thought it was headed straight for Waldenbooks. I can't find it, though. How awesome that you still have it & no repulae has destroyed it!

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  8. Man, if only you could get a date by posting THAT on a dating site.

    Very cute Robyn. I love how you have a "hole" family - as opposed to a "ditch" or "mountain" family :D

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  9. wow, these are so cute. Good stuff!

    I'm surprised that you have all these, I have no idea where my baby artwork is.

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  10. And you ended with a big heart! You sister had a rather pretty hairstyle, like a nymph. I suppose she must have changed it a million times since then.

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  11. Phew !!! You have something saved from your time as a stubborn six, that book(mommy,I want right now) wich is so kute....you were going great guns back then whereas folks see my 6th yr as the yr of the walking talking questionnaire, tantrum queen & cry baby.
    The other thing, grown ups with no marketing skills remain "invisible" not "unskilled", mind you... ;d

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  12. Thats co sweet Robyn - very cool. Talented from the get go! and great that you still have it! I seem to have lost alot of my earliest writings..which is of great sadness to me..

    the only worry i have is - are all the members in the story from the same family? A sister 12 and a mommy 22? i thought that sort of thing only happened in the South.. lol.. (and Tasmania...)..only jokes.. It was really nice.. thanks for sharing.

    xo

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  13. I'm impressed that you still have the book! I don't think I have anything much left from my childhood.

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  14. I'm glad you still have that. You never know what you have till it's gone.

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  15. When can I get it on Amazon?!!! Love it. Your art kicks my art's ass.

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  16. A first edition! How rare and wonderful, and in such good condition!
    I love the drawings - the picture of the city I print worthy in my eyes. Blown up and hung up on a brick wall in some trendy Boho loft!
    Thanks for stopping by yesterday and becoming my 200th(um, sorry,that sounded a bit slutty, didn't it?). Anyways, glad to be here! - G

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  17. Robyn, I love this! I'm so glad you kept the book. You were extremely creative then as you are now. What a hoot!

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  18. I really got a lot out of it. I like how used the city as a backdrop to illustrate how the nuclear family functions in modern society. In particular how the girl who lives in the city manages to find a field of flowers. If that's not a metaphor for finding the past in the future, well I don't know what is.

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  19. You could probably get it re-published now... maybe a mass market paperback? Include an extended author commentary, explaining how you were ahead of your time with your social commentary on young mothers.

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  20. Thank you, friends. It really is a miracle that I have any of this stuff. My parents didn't make efforts to save my art. It's as if I, as a wee kid, knew that someday I might want to show this off on the internet, so I held onto it, and kept holding on..

    Pat, I'm trying to figure it out. It might not have been until 6.5. ;0)

    Anthony, very good point! I clearly didn't do the math then, nor did I do it until you pointed it out! LOL! (Oops!) xo

    GB, what a sweet interpretation of the ending. I think that hair must've been thanks to Little House on the Prairie. None of the gals in my family (nor boys) had braids, but Laura Ingalls did. [-;

    Miley, LOL. It was a family of miners. Timely post, don't ya think? xo

    Songsnwords, true. We, the invisible bloggers, are skilled, just not in marketing. I can staple my book pages together just fine! Thank you very much! ;0)

    Betty, thanks for coming by! xo

    Georgina, I'm glad to be your 200th. It was good for me, dear. Wink. Thanks for joining my following too! {0;

    TS, exactly! I'm so glad someone picked up on the deeper meaning. I was getting a bit worried that you all thought I was a talentless slacker kid. xo

    Allison, I love the suggestion. I think I'll run with it. To the city, that is. The young moms will rally against me. I'll have to bring my hole family in for support..Will keep you posted. ;-D

    Stay tuned for the giveaway results tomorrow.
    PS I love my followers!! That's you.
    xoRobyn

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  21. what a great item to have about your childhood. this is so special, enjoyed seeing this thanks rose

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  22. Is the boy your secret admirer?

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  23. Sarah, not unless he's kept it a secret for 38 years..Ah, how romantic! xo

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  24. Awww...I love it!!!! What I love even more, is that you've kept some of these awesome little mementos.

    I wish I still had my paper where I colored a frog blue instead of green (in kindergarten, and I got slapped on the wrist for it - by a NUN, no less!)

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  25. Love your little book!! So glad it was saved for you all these years!! Love the one about your mom doing all the work!!

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  26. George W. Bush published a not-as-well known book a few years ago.

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  27. I love these posts. I learn so much about you from the pictures from your youth. I bet my pictures were mostly of blobs and karate chops.

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  28. *sighs*

    i think this would be a best seller....

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  29. When my younger son was about 6 or 7 (2nd grade) he created a great big construction paper plaque for Mother's Day. He described me a being "pretty", always wears a "dress" and "pearls" and is "51 years old"!!!!

    I was 42 at the time.

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  30. So this is impressive - and you must have been born in 1967 or thereabouts which makes you about the same age as me.

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  31. Robyn this is awesome!!! What a great peek into the mind of a little creative :)

    Hope you're well

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  32. Once you collect all the royalties from it you should be rich.

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