I just did a post on gnomes this week with an illustration called The Showdown, and what comes in the mail but my copy of GreenPrints, “The Weeder’s Digest”. I have been looking for a reason to talk about this little garden digest for some time now. I really enjoy the stories and in a way, it resembles blog posts with the best of personal, heartfelt writing.
The digest is put out by Pat Stone and his wife, Becky. They do have additional help, but it is a small operation. He mentioned in his At the Gate piece this issue that he was close to closing down his publication and was fortunate enough to have additional subscriptions come in just in time.
I am so glad for him and if I can help him out by posting on his magazine, I will, because I think it is that good. I subscribed mainly for the beautiful illustrations but the stories are so engaging.
I received my copy yesterday and lo and behold, there was a story on gnomes. Not only a story, but the opening line read, “I don’t like garden gnomes. I think they are creepy.” I was really surprised at the coincidence to my post. This is pretty much where the comparison ends, but hey, I will take the validation where I can get it.
Begging for a Gnomenapping, with Conditions
The story is mainly about gnomes in general, citing a lot of what I already knew about gnomes, like where they originated, the Chelsea connection and the Garden Gnome Liberation Front. It talks about gnome kidnapping and gnomes sent on vacations.
This publication has gardening stories with titles like; In Search of Hope, Saved by Seeds, The Most Important Tool, and many more really creative and heartwarming short stories. They get stories from all over the world, but work with 14 illustrators. I was interested in sending in an illustrated contribution. So many of you bloggers are excellent writers maybe Pat will publish your work. Who knows?
You can get familiar with, or order Green Prints at www.greenprints.com. I am betting you will order the digest if you are not already a subscriber. And Pat says they make nice gifts, and I have to agree. Christmas is right around the corner.