Illustration Friday Challenge: Wisdom (a Book Made Me Do It)

Sometimes a book inspires me to action
bookworm fishing illustration coleen patrick

Wisdom as prompted by Illustration Friday‘s weekly art challenge.

This challenge got me thinking about those books that I read

that inspired me to fill my fridge with enough produce to make a five-pound bowl of parsley salad. Or buy running shoes. Or a tent. Or art supplies. Or the sequel to the book. Or follow the author or illustrator on every social media platform (it’s not stalking if they put the icons on their website).

All in an effort to stay in the zone

of inspiration

and

discovery

(which a lot of times is pretty cool and rewarding)

but occasionally means

gaining the wisdom to know that I will never be a champion of parsley salad.

 

What are you reading? What book inspired you to take action?

Right now I’m reading Running Like a Girl, but Alexandra Heminsley. I have no plans to sign up for a marathon, but I may have researched running gear. Just a tad.

xo

The Freedom and Adventure of Taking to the Road in YA

 

“All I wanted was to go somewheres; all I wanted was a change.”

~The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 

Travel has always been a popular theme in YA fiction.  There’s something about that opportunity for change, freedom and adventure that can be so exciting.

I love road trips and remember them being especially enticing when I was a teenager (way back when I didn’t give much thought to flat tires, tired motels and greasy food).

It’s all about the fun and possibility.

YA adventure food travel _opt

 

Foreign food is part of the adventure too.

 

That’s my daughter creating her own YA adventures 6,000 miles from home.  She is meeting new people, learning a new language, eating different food and enjoying a journey that is more than just a trip from home.

 

 Because just like in real life, a great fictional trip is not just about the geography.

 

Heart connections in the Caribbean.

 

A road trip and the mystery of emotional distance.

 

Self-discovery in Italy via undersea archaeology

 

What YA journeys have you loved (real or fiction)?