Hello there, so sorry to be posting this late, but we're thinking our New Bear Resolution may be to embrace 'better late than never' mantras or excuses.
For our January challenge, we have decided to go a little more contemporary than our usual classics. Moving forward into a New Year means moving forward in our book choice.
But, just to be a little subversive, our challenge is going to be all about looking back; we thought, as the New Year comes, people's thoughts turn to the past, what has come and gone, what they've succeeded or failed at, what they would go back and change.... So with this in mind, we came up with a book we enjoyed a while back,
The Time Traveller's Wife, by Audrey Niffeneger. We read this book some time back, and absolutely loved the concept of travelling through time. We think Amazon's synopsis is better than anything we can write, so here it is:
This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this force they can neither prevent nor control, Henry and Clare's struggle to lead normal lives is both intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
Our challenge is
Create a project, either a journal page, ATC, card, tag, anything else that takes your fancy.....
There are so many directions to take with this challenge, you could base your creation on travelling back in time, or forward, you could illustrate what you would change in the past, what you would do again, a favourite time in your past, or something you've learnt from the past.
Alternatively, you could imagine travelling to the future, your wishes, or what you imagine the future holds.
Yet another idea would be to illustrate a quote from the book, or journal what Clare feels with all the strange comings and goings of Henry over the years, seeing him at different ages throughout her childhood must have been extremely confusing.
What about Henry, all of those sudden transportations, losing his clothing along the way, having to extricate himself from some embarrassing or potentially life threatening situations, how on earth must he feel, trying to win Clare's trust, and eventually her love and loyalty over her childhood years, until their eventual 'first' meeting, years later for Clare.
This book is just perfect for journalling, not only for the endless ideas it brings up, but just because it really is such an intriguing read, if you've not read it yet, we thoroughly recommend it.
We can't wait to start out challenge piece, and will keep the challenge open until the last day in January, so as to allow time to join in.
We hope you'll play along with us in our first challenge of 2013.
With love from the bears.