Mrs. Metaphor is the online persona of Angela Doll Carlson. For the last 6 years Mrs. Metaphor has been quietly building a ramshackle following on her blog Mrs Metaphor with her opinionated & oddly endearing habit of making metaphorical references to just about every seemingly unimportant detail of her life to find the "me too" moment we all share. As mother, poet, wife, certified personal trainer, retreat leader, spiritual mentor, musician , writer and humorist she brings a wide range of experiences to this table.
Mrs Metaphor: Reflections from the Glass Factory is a series of essays, small tastes of beauty. Each essay is itself a sumptuous meal made from the most mundane of moments, finding the treasure in the ordinary. This book is a chronicle of those moments, a kind of emotional haute cuisine, a true life tapas. It is an opportunity for the reader to connect with the “me too” from the first bite then chew thoughtfully while tasting the unexpected flavors that only time, reflection, humor and wisdom can offer.
If we see all things are metaphor then all moments have meaning, even the most ordinary of moments. Nothing is wasted, food for thought.
(or, things I imagine you may ask frequently once you've looked over this fine kickstarter page...)
Is shipping included in the rewards?
Yes, within the continental United States. We DO ship internationally however so don't let that stop you from kicking in! This will be billed separately when the project is completed and shipping.
What is this "Mrs Metaphor: Missives" book I see as a reward??
I'm glad you asked! The "missives" are short letters or encouragement Mrs Metaphor began writing to her readers a few years ago. Each Monday would bring with it a new letter of hope and grace and well, metaphor. This is a short, lovely book compiled from those letters, beautifully edited, indexed and expanded for you to peruse at your leisure. You can see examples of these missives here at Mrs Metaphor.
What about this "bookmark" and "coffee mug" reward? And why don't you include coffee with the mug?
Both the bookmark and the coffee mug offer up bite sized nuggets from the Mrs Metaphor project and I hope will serve as reminder to listen deep, lean in, rest well, read lots and when in doubt, drink hot beverages. I do not include the coffee because it's terribly hard to keep hot and I hate drinking lukewarm coffee.
What about this "feast" you offer as a reward?
Donors at $500 or above are invited to accompany me to one my favorite, gorgeous meal providers in Chicago. I won't name the restaurant yet but rest assured it will be one of the finest meals you will ever have.
Why did you choose 40 days for your kickstarter project?
Because in the words of Wikipedia- "Forty is an octagonal number, and as the sum of the first four pentagonal numbers, it is a pentagonal pyramidal number. Adding up some subsets of its divisors (e.g., 1, 4, 5, 10 and 20) gives 40, hence 40 is a semiperfect number." Now, who's going to argue with that?
Do you talk about politics or religion in this book?
Yes. However...always in the context of "how do we find ourselves in each other" so it's safe to give or read out loud to your most conservative or liberal leaning friends.
How come there's no period after "Mrs" in "Mrs Metaphor?" Are you British or something'?
I'm not British but I'm chuffed that you'd think so! I do not use a period after the Mrs. in Mrs Metaphor intentionally. Although Sister Martha Mary, my third grade English teacher would protest strongly, I eschew the period for aesthetic reasons. I like the flow between the end of the Mrs and the start of the Metaphor, a small stream showing motion and pieces missing and things best left to sweltering days of imagining and longing.
Does Mrs Metaphor have all the answers?
I can't tell you that. Some things you simply have to discover on your own, which is why you ought to contribute to this project.
Will this book change the world?
No, but you will change the world. You already do with each deep breath, each kind word, each awkward silence. When you enter into the world around you the world is changed and you are changed and I am changed. It's true.