I'm not a fan of antique shops, mainly because Robin can spend several hours going from one to the next, but it was her birthday so I couldn't complain. We walk around this huge antique mall, I'm so close behind her that I'm practically tripping over her feet - it's my way of hurrying her up without being a complete jerk (only a partial one, I guess).
She starts flipping through this shoebox filled with postcards - there must have been at least a thousand cards in there and I realized this was going to be a long day. She feels my breath on the back of her neck and rolls her eyes, turns to move on - I'm in trouble now - my gift of spa treatments and fine dining completely erased.
"Some of those cards were actually sent out. It's kind of interesting, what people wrote on them," she tells me as she walks away. She knows me well; she knows what would get my attention and pry me off of her back. I'm the guy that reads the writing on the bathroom wall and tries to imagine the person who wrote it - I make up stories about people who write in the margins of library books. I'm a fan of people's residuals.
Without saying a word I reach into the shoebox and pull out this card:
I flip it over and see the postcard was sent in 1942 to a Mrs. Gretna Sheffer of Dillsburg, PA. It reads:
I arrived safely and everything is going fine. Lehr gets shipped out to-morrow & I guess I will go soon too. Well goodbye & I will write to you after.
Your son, Earl
For all I know, this could have been the last postcard Earl Sheffer ever sent. For all I know, aside from public records, this could be the only artifact left behind that proves Earl Sheffer even existed - it could be the only thing that gives us any insight into who he was.
Earl Sheffer could have been shipped out to Europe to fight in World War II and for all I know, Earl Sheffer could have left nothing behind except for this one paragraph.
And just like that I had my anthology.
Each creative team will be presented with different postcards and they will choose one that inspires them and they will complete the story behind the card. It can be about the person who received it, the person who sent it, the person mentioned in the card - the team can go thirty years into the future and catch us up on what transpired since the card was sent - whatever the team feels is the story to this card, they will tell it.
And I started pitching it and found that people where behind this idea - within a week of pitching this book to creators there was no doubt in my mind we were going to do it.
I'll start rolling them out one team at a time; we have a year's worth of buzz to build. I'll also be posting photos, postcards, information on the production process - who I've contacted for marketing and distribution and how it turned out (provided it's information I can legally disclose) - and more.
Over time, leading up to the publication of the anthology, this production blog will slowly be incorporated into a full-up website, complete with news and reviews, an online store, and, of course, e-postcards (come on, it's an obvious choice).
We have a fun ride ahead of us and I thank you for stopping by, I appreciate the support, and hope you keep on coming back to see what we're up to.