My Collection of Treats
from Jody Feldman
I started college as a psychology major. I didn’t get very far; 1 1/4 semesters before I knew the fit was horribly off. What I did, and do, appreciate about the field is the amount of common sense surrounding it. Take positive reinforcement. I’m all over that.
For years, if I worked really hard all week to achieve my goals, I allowed myself to order in lunch on Fridays. These days, when I finish a draft or reach a long-term goal, I reward myself with a trip to the zoo or museum or plop on the couch and indulge in an afternoon of guilty-pleasure movies or TV.
I reserve my favorite treat, however, for the time when a book of mine gets released. I treat myself to a piece of artwork that, in some way, connects to the characters or themes or specific scenes in the books. It’s definitely candy for these eyes. And not fattening.
|Eyeballs by Sarah Jane Szikora reminds me of the throngs of people who showed up at University Stadium in hopes of being a contestant in the first Gollywhopper Games. It hangs to my right as I type.|
|A Day in the Life by Lynn Shaler calls to mind the clandestine activities of a secret society at the center of The Seventh Level. If I push my desk chair back I can see it in the next room.|
|I usually don’t buy photo art, but the main character in The Gollywhopper Games: The New Champion is always behind a camera. And so Volcano 3.5, a photograph by Maaris Cirulis, hangs in my stairway, right behind me.|
|I happened upon my latest acquisition when E.B. Lewis was in town for the SCBWI Missouri Conference. Despite the fact I do not fish, I fell in love with The Fishing Lesson. The grandson is how I’d picture a younger Elijah, but I especially chose this for the fact that we have so much to learn from one another, a theme in The Gollywhopper Games: Friend or Foe. It's heading to the framer's and will soon hang near my workspace|