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Original Essays | May 3, 2013 2 comments
When it happens, it feels like winning the lottery. An email arrives out of the blue, from one of my publishers or a festival director or a member... Continue »
Ambervilleby Tim Davys
But at the same time, these bears, rabbits, and occasional gangster dove are clarifications. With each individual stuffed animal, you have an opportunity to put a few of your character traits aside and more clearly observe the ones you're left with. Without reducing or simplifying yourself. Let the bear carry your anxiety. Let the owl represent your suspicion. And perhaps put a bit of your love into each and every one of them?
The stuffed animals populating Mollisan Town the city in which Amberville is one of four districts are like any other stuffed animal. Passionate. Outraged. Shrewd. And stupid. They play. And drink. Use drugs. Tell lies. Are too naive for their own good. While others are far too calculating.
I'm the same way myself. Too stupid, clever, calculating, and naive. All at once. Like any stuffed animal. My plan is to write three more books about what happens in Mollisan Town; give each part of the city its own novel. I think they are going to be very different from each other. Because each part of town is so different. And because the amazing thing about us stuffed animals is our inexhaustible ability to surprise.
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This is Tim Davys's first book.