Credit Where Credit Is Due
When we launched our new store, we also announced that we'd begun to roll out a new Collections Series of limited, screen printed posters. July's release began the series with this COFFIN print, taken from Chapter Eleven: Cul-De-Sac Colonies, in the Correspondence (a fiction) story.
It's a beautiful phrase, but it is not mine anymore than it's the Girl's in the fiction. I have always loved integrating classic literature into my writing, or words that have impacted me, personally. I've done so since my first record's Dancing With The Goblins, singing Manchester Orchestra's Colly Strings. This one belongs to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, when at the thought of death on the Marooner's Rock he determines, "to die will be an awfully big adventure."
It was brought to my attention that, thus far, I've not given proper credit where credit is due regarding this quote. I assumed that the phrase was such a household classic that it didn't even cross my mind. In my story, my credit was an implicit nod to Barrie's Neverland when the Girl finishes her pleading with, "don't get Lost, Boy."
But it deserves an explicit frame of reference, because even accidental thievery is thievery, and that is not my intent. We are to be creators, originators to the degree that we can be, and not robbers. Peter Pan's legacy - if stories have those - has worked its way into a thousand scripts. Correspondence is one of its children, as well, I suppose. The goal for my story was to create a fantastical world that co-opted others' worlds - and so you have Peter Pan, and Rooster Cogburn, and Doc Holiday, and The Dread Pirate Roberts all making their way into whatever time-frame my characters live in.
So here's to credit where credit is due, and to childlikeness, even as we grow old, that living, as dear Wendy hopes, may also be quite the ride.
"To die will be an awfully big adventure." - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Keep an eye out for Poster No. 02: ANSWERS - the next print in our limited release Collections Series - available on a first come, first serve basis this August. (If you want to be among the first to know when it drops, sign up for the mailing list below.) Until then, peruse the new store here.