making today extraordinary

UPDATE: James Owen has added this note to his post.

We reached – and exceeded – the goal of 1000 books downloaded in 24 hours. I wrote about the reason I did it here – and now, we’re going to keep it going for seven more days. Please pass it on!

So the link will be active till through 22 February. Thank you, James. And lucky us.

This is about the most extraordinary thing that happened to me today.

A few months ago, I read a wonderful article by my friend and partner-in-things-mysterious, Erzebet Carr. She was—not reviewing, more exactly resonating with—a new book by James Owen, author and illustrator of The Chronicles of The Imaginarium Geographica. Erzebet had this to say about it:

I can’t review it because I can hardly read the thing without weeping. I have to stop every few pages and dry my eyes. […]

Drawing Out The Dragons: A Meditation on Art, Destiny, and the Power Of Choice may very well be the most powerful book I read this year (assuming I can ever get to the last page). I bought the pdf edition, and I can tell you right now that I’ll be printing out pages and covering the walls of my studio with James’ wonderful words. I believe that this book will resonate with every creative person I know, and I hope you’ll all read it someday. Today.

As I’m writing this, James Owen is giving copies of the ebook away in three formats. For free. Today.

I’ve hardly started reading it, and so far I have to say: Erzebet was right.

You can get your copy here, today.* James Owen says he wants to give away at least 1000 copies, so repost the link as far and as wide as you like.

If you’re reading this and it isn’t today—it’s tomorrow or the day after, say—please buy the book. It’s worth it.


*Today being till around 16 Feb, 8pm GMT, as near as I can guess.


3 thoughts on “making today extraordinary

  1. Thank you, thank you, Mr. Pond!! I got the free download, read it, and sent it on to four of my students who will definitely connect with his inspirational and moving message. Ditto on not being able to keep dry eyes….

  2. Thanks for the link. I could not put the book down, it touched me deeply, magically with hope and strength…and I passed it on.

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