Found & Gathered: An Online Commonplace Book
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    A blog featuring book quotes and illustrations.
Not long ago I was reading a book about reptile smugglers called Stolen World. It's an interesting book by Jennie Erin Smith. Towards the end of the book, one of the main characters, whose name is Hank Molt, is driving around the country in his van. He's driving around and looking for people that have done him wrong in the past. He's convinced that he deserves revenge. At this point Hank Molt doesn't have much, and he keeps saying to himself as he drive, "Old age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill." This hit my like a ton of bricks. I don't think what he was saying is true but there is something endearing about an old reptile smuggler using his final years to set things right and I was hoping that he might be right.
Then I was reading a book by Scott McClanahan called Crapalachia. Scott McClanahan is a wonderful writer from someplace in West Virginia. The name of the book is terrible and by all accounts, Scott Mclanahan's part of West Virginia is terrible too. But smoothes over the edges and finds worthwile things to talk about. At one point in the book, he is talking about a lost loved one and says, "There are no such things as ghosts because they do not haunt us."
Immediately, I knew this to be true. If you've ever read One Hundred Years of Solitude, you've undoubtedly waited for your deceased grandfather or grandmother or friend to come haunt you. Just as Malquides haunted the Buendías. Why won't they haunt me? Well, I think he's right. there are no such things as ghosts.
And that's how my blog was born. It's a visual commonplace book, or collection of quotes. I mostly read fiction and the truths that I list there are mostly true. Or at least seem true to someone at some point in time which, to me, is mostly true.
I made a logo with a gem as a tribute to an old, and infamous, internet message board called Hollerboard that had a forum called Dropping Jewels for people that wanted to share knowledge with one another.
Find the blog at Found-Gathered.Com.
Screenshots below as well. AND at the bottom I've included a vector pack of a bunch of the backgrounds I've used for this blog. You're free to do whatever you want with the files. But whatever you do, do something creative with them.