Friday, February 5, 2010

"64021" Treasure Hunt

Now that I have an esty shop to keep stocked, I am more conscious of finding stuff to put into it. And so, I thought I would revisit a story I wrote in my first zine, "64021", "A Corderly Zine". I created it 3 years ago for The Gleaner's 7 for 7 zine swap. The numbers are the zipcode for Corder, MO and "Corderly" was a play on words for "quarterly", although I haven't produced any issues since! The story, "Treasure Hunt" was written like an explorer's journal entry...

Light filtered weakly through a splintered hole in the roof overhead as I carefully picked my way over the uneven gravel floor in the darkness of the abandoned garage. I brushed cobwebs from my face and hair as I walked closer to my prize-- a rusted metal filing cabinet, once enameled dark green, but now pocked with decay and bird droppings. A lone, weedy tree basked in the weak sunlight, standing sentinal to the cabinet of forgotten secrets.


A bird startled from the rafters as I finally stood before the ancient cabinet bathed in the watery light. I grasped a rusty handle and pulled, and the drawer resisted, complaining with a shriek of metal scraping metal. My face lit up when I spied a shallow box filled with dusty, age-stained folders. Trash to my in-laws, but TREASURE to a collage artist! I had found the final resting place of Great Aunt Rachel's 30 year old bank statements, canceled checks, and students' papers from her days as a school teacher, when perfect penmanship was still a requirement...

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The students' papers are now available for purchase in my shop and the canceled checks I altered and now use as a Ruby Floy calling card that I scribble thank you notes on.

What's the thrill of discovery like for you?

4 comments:

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh dear Nathalie ... Love your storytelling and your great zine pages!!!

also Love your calling cards, you clever gull you!

oxo

Jeanie said...

That's pretty cool -- the pages are gorgeous, and I just love the way you write!

Marlynn said...

You had me spellbound with your storytelling. You are a great one! Loved to read a murder mystery you wrote. I, like Patty, love your calling cards and I thank Aunt Rachel for leaving such goodies! hugs, girlfriend - I am headed over to your shop.... you know me..

daysease said...

Oh, Nathalie, loved your play on words!!! so brilliant. You are so creative, and I love to come here for inspiration and to learn how your mind works. You are a multi-talented woman. Wish I could be your neighbor. what fun that would be!! :-)