Saturday, April 18, 2009

Something to Believe In

In preparation for our move back east this summer, we've started to pack up a few boxes. Light work, just this and that every day or so. It's hard not to come across things of interest, nostalgia-making, etc. I won't punish you with too much of this, but there was this...

Gudrun just found a journal that she kept, all too briefly, when Maya was little and we were still living in Scotland. It recounts how she was out walking with Maya one day. Maya asked who made the sky. Gudrun gave a rather long, detailed lecture on the various possibilities. She moved into religious territory and - as Gudrun is not particularly comfortable in this region - she said that Maya could choose to believe what felt right to her when she is older.

Maya had a ready answer for this. She said: "I want to believe in cookies."

Got any similar child-related stories? Or favorite things to believe in?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, noes!

You imperiled her immortal soul!

4:31 AM  
Blogger Kate Elliott said...

I gotta say, those cookies are look really good. I, too, believe in cookies.

6:13 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


Very wise of you. Very wise.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Child of Albion said...

The eminent Kate Elliot beat me to it, but that picture of cookies has haunted me for hours now. How can one not believe in cookies? It boggles the imagination.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Mark Lavallee said...

Cookies are just as good as any other religion. Therefore, let the cookies reign supreme!

12:56 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

You know, I had to look through a lot of cookie photos before I found the right one. I liked the simplicity of this one. Small stack on a white plate, chocolate chips...

5:37 PM  
Blogger Jamey Stegmaier said...

Unrelated to this post, I just learned that the next book by Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) will be coming out on September 15, which is the same date I have as the release for The Other Lands. Good news or bad news? I'd say good, merely because if the wider audience that The Da Vinci Code has reached go to bookstores on the 15th, they have a great chance of discovering the other prominently displayed new book. At least, that's my hope.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Dirk said...

Cookies and beer. Not at the same time though.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Bryan Russell said...

Two cookies a day keeps the doctor away.

Because, you know, he's easily bribed.

My best,
Bryan Russell

4:24 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hey Jamey,

So Dan Brown finally delivered? 'Bout time. I haven't confirmed that myself, and I should do so just to make sure. Lot of times you hear things that aren't entirely accurate. If it is accurate, though...

I don't imagine a big effect on my sales. Not sure if it'll effect anybody's really. I remember being in the store during Da Vinci fervor, and I recall a lot of folks walking through with no interest in anything other than finding that book and getting out of there. Honestly, I was standing beside a stack of Da Vinci's one time, listening to a guy who was sure the store was sold out. He just went straight for the help desk. I was like, "Guy... look. The book you want is in that mountain of books right there..." Folks like him, at least, don't seem to be noticing the other titles.

Nor do I really imagine he'll be direct competition. If Pat's book came out the same day. Or George's. Or even Robert Jordan's via Brandon Sanderson... I'd be kinda bummed.

Oh, and there's is one tangetally good thing. Dan Brown is also with Doubleday. If he does well, they do well. If they do well... well, it must help me a little bit, right?

12:26 AM  
Blogger Jamey Stegmaier said...

Good point with the Doubleday connection. It's too bad people wouldn't browse around a bit if they've gone out of their way to go to the bookstore.

There is a press release and an announcement about Brown's book (The Lost Symbol) here:

11:17 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hi Jamey,

That's a convincing link to Amazon. The book was at number 1 when I looked. It'll probably be that or near that for a while.

I also found the press release on Doubleday's website. It'll be something of a publication. Starting with a 5 million copy first printing...

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Stephe said...

My son milked the Tooth Fairy for as long as he could pull it off. One day, after it was all over, I asked him why and he said:

1. It was pretty darned profitable
2. Each coin carried my love with it
3. He didn't want to let go of his innocence and just couldn't handle the "tooth" (He'd seen the movie trailer for A FEW GOOD MEN on teevee.)

I've got a million stories, some serious, some fun. The boy has taught me just as much as I've taught him. That I'm sure of.

7:25 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


Yeah. I'm quite sure my daughter has figured out Santa Claus. But she's not saying boo about it.

Why mess with a good thing?

4:41 PM  
Blogger slkcivil said...

On the unrelated topic... Am I the only one who walks into a book store for "just that one book" and comes out 5+ books later?!

On topic... At the rate I'm going, I'd say I believe in books!
And bookshelves... (which I need more of, but I think my husband is afraid I'll just continue to fill them up!)

Okay, signing off now, had a busy work week and just got caught up on all the blogs I missed. ~Shauna

3:23 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


Very good to be reminded that folks like you are still out there! Yes, buy more books! When you do, everybody wins, right?

5:22 PM  

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