The Yellow Man & a 10-Year Anniversary

January 5, 2007



Feeling thoughtful today because tomorrow, January 6th, marks 10 years since my Father died. He was young. Only 52. He was also. . . quirky. And very fond of yellow.

In fact he loved yellow so much, that my sister Sara thought of a little bedtime story to tell her kids about him. She says something like: There was once a man who liked yellow. He would put on his yellow pants. Then he would put on his yellow shirt. Then he would put on his yellow socks. Then he would put on his yellow shoes. Then he would put on his yellow watch. Then he would put on his yellow jacket. And that man, was your Grandfather.

At our sisters weekend last August, Sara asked me and brother-in-law/artist Paul, to make her little story into a book for the grandkids. We liked the idea and have been working on the text ever since.

So on Tuesday, January 9th, to commemorate another anniversary — 6 Months of Design Mom — I’m launching The Yellow Man Book Project. (I mentioned it briefly here.) Paul and I will be posting sketches, text and finished pages every week until the book is done. Readers will be able to chime in with comments or suggestions and see the project created from beginning to end.

Another part of the book project is kind of an experiment/challenge. I want to see if I can generate enough interest in The Yellow Man that we have a publisher in place by the time it’s finished. In fact, as you get aquainted with The Yellow Man over the next few weeks, if you like it and know anyone in the publishing business, I hope you’ll send them a link. And of course, if the story just stinks, I hope you’ll act as kindly editors and offer suggestions for improvement.

Hooray for The Yellow Man! I miss you, Dad.

Mark Rothko “Yellow and Gold” print available here.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nie nie January 5, 2007 at 10:47 am

that is so nice gabby.

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2 Anonymous January 5, 2007 at 12:29 pm

I can’t wait to see it! Such an awesome idea.

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3 Anonymous January 5, 2007 at 3:46 pm

I love that idea. I was just on Laura´s blog and clicked to see yours. I have a couple good friends here in Spain in the publishing business so I´ll keep checking out your sight. Good luck with everything.

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4 angel January 5, 2007 at 4:31 pm

that is quite possibly the sweetest idea ever, I was so excited to hear what this was all about in December when you mentioned it, and now I feel all attached to the idea!

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5 Anonymous January 5, 2007 at 7:15 pm

Wasn’t Dad 53 when he died?

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6 n.b. January 5, 2007 at 8:01 pm

Wow, what a wonderful tribute to your father! Can’t wait for the book. Good luck with that project!

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7 laurie January 5, 2007 at 10:13 pm

what a sweet sweet story, although i’m so sorry you lost your dad so young. and i can’t wait to see what you and paul create — i’m sure it will be wonderful and fitting. thanks, in advance, for including us. i feel honored.

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8 Anonymous January 6, 2007 at 1:46 am

I’ll be watching with excitement (my hubby’s found a publisher that prints bound stuff for cheap – so at least there’s an option – he’s into graphic novels… and that’s not porn like my friend thought LOL)

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9 Miriam January 6, 2007 at 3:17 am

Wonderful tribute idea! Do you know why he was drawn to yellow? Do the kids ask questions about him & if so, can you include those in the book? I can’t wait to see what you do with this, and thanks for posting it for us.

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10 allysha January 6, 2007 at 7:32 am

wow. that sounds so wonderful and fun and like it will definitely be a good book. I’m excited to see it unfold

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11 Mom in Mendon January 6, 2007 at 8:03 pm

How about a yellow bathtub and a yellow bedroom and yellow-rimmed sunglasses and driving off in a yellow car? This will be fun! And he liked FUN more than he liked yellow.

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12 Anonymous January 7, 2007 at 10:17 am

What a beautiful idea. Best Wishes…

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13 robin k January 8, 2007 at 10:47 am

I miss him, too, Gabby. This is a wonderful project – you guys are great.

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14 careen June 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm

i came across your blog and cant believe how amazing it is!!!!!!! I started reading through your blog and found your “not so poular”project….as u named it……can i just say however i found your wee story and project inspirational and sweet and now feel inspired to pass on storys about the people i have know that have touched my life in a special way……..wishing all your family all the happiness in the world x

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