Minuscule Illustrations: Limbo

In October 2017 I came across an internet blog challenge for a story written in two sentences. I wrote a story. Liking the format, I did another one. Another one. And another.

Quite a few stories later, I had enough for a book. Not only did I have stories, but I had written a short poem and created a brush and India ink illustration for each one as well.

The result was Minuscule, published in 2018. I’m now going to show you the book illustrations as an ongoing feature on this blog, once a week. I’ll link back to the story (they have been published one by one on my poetry blog).

If you want to hold the entire book in your hand, the print version is available on Amazon.

“Limbo” is the title of the story. Look here to read it.

Minuscule #9 Limbo 6-1875





10 thoughts on “Minuscule Illustrations: Limbo

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    Oh my word. This is so perfect. The angles of his body, the expression on his face, the bold pattern on his shorts, all convey the type of big personality that one can encounter when travelling, the sort of “outsize fun” sort of personality that becomes very draining to be around.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I don’t know what makes people turn into this version of themselves when traveling (maybe a long-buried self emerges in full) but it can be entertaining if you don’t get too close, that is my feeling!

      1. Laura (PA Pict)

        I think one becomes less inhibited when traveling. When you are in relaxation mode, all the stuff you normally button up can be released a bit. My version of that is to wear combinations of clothes I’d never normally wear just because comfort and cooling down get prioritized. For some people, the becoming uninhibited is linked to imbibing lots more alcohol than usual and that encourages yet more uninhibited behaviour. I also think it’s just that those people draw attention to themselves. The majority of tourists and travelers are well behaved and respectful but we’ve all encountered the ones who are loud and rude.

        1. Claudia McGill Post author

          There is something to the idea of letting go and doing things as you wouldn’t at home, where someone you know might see you and so on. That freedom that comes with travel is physical and mental.

  2. Tony Self

    “Books are a unique portable magic.” – Stephen King! I believe that people are the same. Thank you for being a portable magic, Claudia McGill!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you, I like writing and illustrating and having the chance to get my thoughts out into the world! I like that idea, books are portable magic. Very true.

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