In Daniel Pinkwater’s The Big Orange Splot, Mr. Plumbean disrupts his “neat street” of houses by transforming his home into a place that reflects who he is and what he longs for. To complaining “neat” neighbors, he explains, “My house is me and I am it, and it looks like all my dreams.”
Last month, while on a photographic journey with James B. Martin Photography, I took pictures of various dwellings in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. They range from the humble to the magnificent and each is someone’s home.
Next week I will tear myself away from photos and return to writing about my next novel, the process of constructing stories, and whatever else flits through my brain. Meanwhile, it’s worth checking out Daniel Pinkwater’s “The Big Orange Splot,” which is as valuable a story for adults as it is for children.