For those not in the know, it's an exploration of the writing process by the delightfully brilliant author Jeff VanderMeer, whose work on the writing life, Booklife, is one of my most dearly-held biblical texts. This volume is overflowing with illustrations by Jeremy Zerfoss that are the kind of semi-surreal and absurdist illustrations I love, and would be worth the price of admission alone if not for the fact that VanderMeer is a wonderfully deep thinker about the authorial process and his words would be worth the price of admission alone if not for.... it's a grand looking book. You get it.
It's also backed up by a fantastic web page filled with extra content, which you'd know if you'd clicked the picture.
However, the purpose of this post is not to pimp VanderMeer's work, but to have a bit of a play with my own. Because while I was aimlessly flicking through, looking at all the pretty pictures, I entertained myself by reading some of the opening and closing lines he'd collected to support his chapters on the art of creating memorable images with which to bookend your stories-- readers remember the last and first things they read, we all know, so there's an art to giving them memories that will walk away from the story with them.
Which prompted me to scroll through my own work and see just how well I'd done with that particular art throughout the years. The answer to which is