Often, when I come across a flowchart-worthy book or film, I chart it so others can see and appreciate the connections. When I decided to chart the film 'Cloud Atlas' it was so I could try and understand it!!
This film is a complicated, beautiful, confusing piece of art. The interconnectedness flows not just through the characters and narrative, but through to the actual actors playing multiple roles- often of differing gender or race. Such an interesting film. I still can't say I understood it completely, or that this is a definitive explanation of ANYTHING, but I definitely enjoyed creating this.
Have you seen Cloud Atlas? What did you think? *And, I know this was an acclaimed, much loved book first, which I have on my Kindle app, but haven't read yet... This is a flowchart of the film :-)
So I think I'm pretty intelligent. I know stuff. I get stuff. I am not an idiot. I often claim to know everything... or everything worth knowing... BUT. I am happy to admit that there are a few things in my life that I have thought that were just plain dumb. Here are...
The Top Five Dumb Things I Used to Think
I used to think Detroit was a country in Eastern Europe. Near Beirut. Which I also thought was a country in Eastern Europe. I mistook the lyrics to the Kenny Rogers Song 'Lucille'. The line is: 'Four hungry children and a crop in the field.' I thought it was: 'Four Hundred children and a cross bred blue seal' I used to think that if you farted, and you sniffed vigorously enough, you could suck up all the smell before anyone else smelled it. I called it the Fart Vacuum. I thought the purple pod things that fall of banana trees were poisonous and would burn you if you touched them. Wait, I thought that because my sister told me they were! I may be dumb, but she is evil :-) Until my late twenties, I thought New Zealand was where Papua New Guinea is. I couldn't understand why it was so cold there if it was closer than us to the Equator. Note that I am now married to a cartographer. So, what dumb things did you used to think?
Dude. This last week has been nuts. In a totally awesome way. This crazy journey I have been on since last July actually culminated in the self publishing of my Stephen King Universe Flowchart. It is a totally cool feeling to know I have actually finished something. I have taken this project through all the 'What Ifs' and 'I Coulds' and now it is an 'I Have'. It is a real, actual thing. And people seem to like it...
Going to press check the poster was a little overwhelming and a lot cool. Seeing them fly out of the huge machine into a huge pile of SOMETHING I CREATED. The printers did not understand what it was and asked me numerous times to explain. And then they started to look at me like I was a bit odd.... I know Printer Man. Imagine what it's like to be inside my head!!
The little boys helping Daddy check the colours. They said it was all good.
My Lovely Husband has been so awesome in all of this. He has helped to create a really professional product. He is so clever. I like him heaps.
And now my life will be filled with rolling posters, putting them in tubes, writing thank you's and visiting the post office. AND LOVING EVERY SECOND!
Thanks you to all who have supported this project. You are ace.
Now, we are doing a small print run to gauge the response. When the charts sell out, we will reprint and resupply. Once they are sold out, we will not be taking any more orders, until the next print run is complete. AND, don't forget I live in Australia. Thats, like, really far away. From everything. Except New Zealand. So, when I ship your chart, it will take as long as it takes things to be delivered from the bottom of the planet :-)
Thanks for all the support and the opportunity to share my particular brand of crazy. Enjoy.