(If you are short on time, scroll to the bottom of this post. The essence of it is in the cyan box.)
Befriending people from different cultures is something I have been doing since I was born (thanks to my parents). Blogging has made that even easier – I am so glad to have met so many fascinating people through my blog and learned so much about different things.
Aside from learning, I also enjoy mysteries. Messages in a bottle have always fascinated me. Yes, they were mostly present in fairytales, but every now and again – I would read in the actual news about a real person finding such a message from someone far away and it inspired me to believe even more in the power of communication and magic.
While I have never bought a used book with a handwritten note inside, that is also something I have always found intriguing – at some point – that book meant something to someone. What was the relationship between the giver and the recipient? What made the recipient get rid of it? How many different people have been in possession of that book since?
Books are very near and dear to me. In today’s world, many listen to audiobooks or peruse ebooks. I think it is phenomenal that we found ways to keep ‘books’ alive. However, I am not a fan of either of the formats. I stare at a screen all day and I prefer not to do that when I read for pleasure. When it comes to audiobooks, the only time I can listen to them is when I am driving (and that is provided there is no need for road rage). Otherwise, I just cannot focus on the book. I hear it, but I do not hear it. Paperbacks are my first true love and I will stick by them until I am able to somehow inhale the content. (Even then I would probably read paperbacks for melancholy reasons.)
When “Static Dreams Volume 2” – an anthology containing a short story authored by me – came out, I figured it would serve as a great vessel for my experiment involving books, people, travel, and a bit of mystery and magic. (If you have not read the book, go check it out!)
The plan was easy – to bring that book with me on my travels (involving a plane as those tend to be to places farther away) and leave it at my destination airport for another passenger to pick up. That way, I would be sending the book around the world (hopefully!), providing people with something to read during their travels, and maybe even connecting with them if they were to reach out. How cool would that be?
And then March of 2020 happened.
Other than my emergency travel that very month, I have not really been anywhere since. So, the project has been postponed and even forgotten at times. But, I figured that now (June 2022) would be a great time to finally launch it! So, I have created a QR code that I attached to the book so that it is easy for – whoever finds the book – to find this page.
tl;dr If you found a book, scanned the QR code, and landed here – share in the comments where you picked up the book and where you left it/ plan to leave it. Maybe let us know something about you – what makes you you and why you are traveling. Feel free to leave a link to your blog if you have one and maybe even post a photo of you with the book there. If you would like to share your opinion about the book, please feel free to leave a review with the sellers where Static Dreams are available and/or email me.
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I’ve found the boom at the Denver airport and i’ll leave it at the Tampa airport, excited to read some on the plane! (:
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I hope you enjoy it and that the book gets to go some fun places in the future!
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What a neat idea, Goldie! Have you been able to continue this experiment? If not, I hope you can do it soon.
I think I may have mentioned to you before that, due to an eye problem, I find it uncomfortable reading ‘dead tree’ books, so I read ebooks now instead. I’ve added ‘Static Dreams Volume Two‘ to my reading ‘bucket list’, conveniently located at booklinker.com. (That list is huge, and ever-growing, but with a bit of luck I’ll get to yours before my time runs out!)
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I only traveled since then once and… had someone unexpectedly (last minute) join me on the trip to the airport and to the gate (they got on a different plane AFER me), which rendered it impossible for me to leave the book unnoticed. Hopefully I get to travel some more soon and get this going.
Oh, thank you so much! That’s awesome to hear!