Maybe This Time: The Collage

The Maybe This Time collage is one of my favorites because it has such a mood to it. Also it was a LOT of fun to make. (Click to enlarge. Click again and it swallows your computer.)

84 thoughts on “Maybe This Time: The Collage

  1. Um… did we*forget to include the picture, or is it going to magically appear right after I leave this comment?

    *Sorry. My mother tends to use the 1st person plural case, and it’s rubbed off on me.

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  2. Oh, i’m pretty sure its been up before. Maybe this is sunday puzzle and we have to look for it on argh.ink. Its quite a challenge for me as I’m mobile posting.

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  3. There’s a wip version of the collage in the post titled “I can’t think of a title for this post.” 9 Dec 2009.

    So, do I get a prize? Huh? Huh? Do I?

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  4. Oh I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who forgets to finish my blogs. I wonder what a full can of soda would do in the microwave?

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  5. Well, if you all set the house on fire, I’m going to deny everything.
    Unless the firemen who show up are extra-specially cute, which I gather is often the case in that neighborhood.

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        1. Time is an abstract concept for me at 1:30 AM, when I’m waiting for support services to call me back about restarting the server which hosts my clients’s sites and has crashed, and checking your site as a way of passing time. The image was there at 1:38 AM.

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    1. I considered posting that I could see it, and it would have been the first comment to say so since Pacific time let me (apparently) be the first to see the correction, but seemed a little too nah-nah-na-nah-nah so I didn’t. I just enjoyed your many single flowers in teacups and am wondering how that will relate which I will presumably find out after the book arrives. Although the free shipping seems to mean that Amazon will just not hurry to ship it.

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      1. I would explain but it’s a spoiler, so I’ll put it in the comments on tomorrow’s spoiler post. If somebody reminds me.

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  6. Yes, I noticed the picture. I noticed when it wasn’t there and I noticed when the entire blog disappeared and I noticed when it came back, this time with picture. I notice things like that. I also noticed that it is a lovely picture.

    BTW, is it a writing-and-reading-person kind of thing that we never actually sleep at night? I thought I was the only one who never sleeps when the sane people do.

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    1. Oh I’m with you on that…Beyond the awesomeness which the collage represents (and the visual story tease) my eye keeps going back to just how hot Paul Newman was.

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  7. Now this is going to be fun for somebody who was out of town for a while and tries to read the last few posts in chronological order, because in yesterday’s post, FAJ refers to the microwave comments which only reappeared now.

    Must have been the ghosts. If there’s one thing they’re good for, it’s taking the blame for all sorts of stuff.

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    1. And NOW I see the microwave jokes that Jenny refers to yesterday. I feel like I’m in some sort of time warp. (It’s just a jump to the left ….)

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  8. That is one fab collage! You have the face from the Julia plates in the windows on the lower portion. I have some of the Julia plates, and a stamp of her face. πŸ™‚

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    1. You can figure them out? I keep going so who is Candice Bergman suppose to represent and who is Paul Neuman suppose to represent and who is Bob Newhart suppose to represent. I think May and Isolde are the only two I can pick out, well, and the kids. I assume too the woman in the middle is suppose to represent Andie.

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      1. Newman is one of the placeholders for North.
        Bergman was Lydia.
        Newhart was Dennis.
        May is several different images from the net.
        Isolde is the woman at the top with the big hair and glasses. I think she was plaintiff on Judge Judy or something like that.

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  9. A now you see it, but not quite, now you don’t … oops! there it is blog post.

    perfect for the book, really.

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  10. In your vast spare time, could you please mention one or two things that you discovered thanks to the collage?

    I actually love when it takes over my computer. You start getting a hint of the layers upon layers.

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    1. The couch. I saw it in a magazine and cut it out and glued it on not knowing why. Then Dennis got stuck to it.
      The Polaroids at the bottom. I saw them and then realized North had taken them on their brief honeymoon.
      The dancing statue gave me May dancing.
      The blue doll gave me Jessica, mottled and mildewing.
      Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd gave me Mrs. Crumb.
      I’m sure there were more, but I’m fried right now. Book’s out tomorrow. Promotion hell started a week ago. I’ll be chipper again in October.

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  11. This is so incredibly perfect. With all your other collages, I looked at them and thought, “Huh. That’s not how I pictured it.” Or, “Who’s that supposed to be?” For me, this one is more like a scrapbook page, where I point and say, “Oh, look! It’s so-and-so!” Everyone is just as I envisioned them in my head. It’s hilarious, too, that I always heard Dennis speaking in Bob Newhart’s voice, and then, there he is!

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  12. Okay, I’m probably the only one… and it’s probably been mentioned previously, but… who is the model for the heroine? I recognize Paul Newman *sigh*, but not Andie. I know I’m going to go “OF COURSE!” when someone tells me, but right now am clueless.

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    1. I usually use more than one placeholder because it’s more of a collection of attitudes than it is a particular personality or face. So Andie was Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sarah McLeod, an actress from Lord of the Rings, and some anonymous models in a catalog. North was James Spader and Paul Newman and somebody else who escapes me now. It’s a sum-of-the-parts thing.

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      1. Thanks, I’m clearer on it now. I have no collage reading skills πŸ™‚ I love the idea of Maggie G. as Andie, that’s pretty much awesome!

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  13. Fun collage. It will give faces when I finally get to read the book.

    OT. Apparently lots of people create better to a music score. This one (www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UpHbVi2P_g) has been being recommended for cello students and for some reason it seems similar to your creative process.

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  14. you really need to raffle that off and give the proceeds to something. that is drool worthy. and inspiring. I have my own I have to get moving on.

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  15. The leaves look incredibly realistic. They are fake, aren’t they? May I ask where you got them?

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  16. I must know what do you do with the collage after the book is finished? Is there a room of collages-that-were?

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    1. There’s a storeroom with bookcases and a lot of them are lined up on top there. And then there are the ones on the kitchen counter that are supposed to go into the storerooms. It’s a mess here. Argh.

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  17. Guy from the bookstore called, book is in but they won’t sell it to me until tomorrow. Rectitude prevails, at least in my little burg.

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  18. I so love the collage. I am new to your blogs and am relieved that many of my seeming-psychoses are really just hallmarks of genius (insomnia, collages of my imaginary characters, etc). All of that is great, but it is now 12:17 am on August 31 (ahem) and Amazon has not downloaded MTT to my Kindle. Does anyone have Jeff Bezos’s home phone?

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  19. You’ll tell us when we can talk about the book, right? Because I’ve been dying to talk about it ever since I got an arc a while ago, but I hate spoilers so much myself that I refuse to spoil it for others.

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    1. I’ll put up a spoiler post tomorrow (Wed.) We’ll have a full-fledged book club on the 15th, too, to give everybody time to read it.

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  20. Also, I put the book out tonight right after we got the doors locked, so it’ll be on the shelves and ready to fly off of them first thing in the morning. πŸ™‚

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      1. Aww! I feel the love! But you should probably reserve that position for somebody with more power and influence than me. πŸ™‚

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  21. It downloaded at 3:15 am. Hooray! I won’t be back for a few days while I read it. Looking forward to 8/15 for book club.

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  22. Okay, I’m starting to worry about all the people leaving comments like “But what is time?” Because I just know what that sort of thing leads to. Next people will start asking “What is truth?” and “What’s it all about, really, when you get right down to it, I mean really?”
    And then this whole blog will descend into a navel-gazing episode of truly epic proportions.
    After that, there’s nothing for it but patchouli incense and maybe a flamethrower.

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    1. The last thing I want to look at is my navel.
      Besides, we don’t have that long of an attention span.
      If you really want to know what Time is, read The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett. It’s wonderful.

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  23. I’m deeply intimidated by the thoroughness of your collage. It’s impressive. I do enjoy a pic of young Paul Newman anytime! Or middle aged Newman. Or old Newman. Not picky on that one–he was charming in Message in a Bottle (he was the only thing that could elevate the plot of: oh, I am sooo depressed yet attractive. Oooh, me, too. Let’s be tentative and gloomy. Oops, he drowned).

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