“I have some information regarding a book you have yet to publish. Matter of fact, it will not be published until the year 2017. If you would like to know more please contact me.”
I received this message via email on December 17, 2012 from a man who I would later (arbitrarily) call Darby (he never gave me a name). I didn’t respond straight away. I initially dismissed the email as nonsense; however I was very much intrigued by the narrative potential of the premise so that night, in lieu of responding, I began writing a screenplay, but before I could settle into a groove I started to wonder what if? What if something was happening? The much dreamed about, much hoped for something. A respite from the crippling real…
I minimized my screenwriting software, loaded up my email and sent the following response: This is me contacting you…I want to know more. Within minutes he sent back a message that included the title of my yet to be published work, PRINCESS GOVINA*, as well as how he found out about it: It is his daughter Taylora’s favorite book. A daughter who has yet to be born! A daughter who was communicating with him from a time where my slight (I was informed that it was only around a hundred pages) 2017 tome had become a kind of cult classic! He followed this extraordinary revelation with another: If you would like to know more please contact me.
I did. I wanted to know everything.
What followed was a fascinating, mind-blowing and immensely entertaining correspondence that spanned three-quarters of a year before ending abruptly, much to my dismay. I have emailed Darby every day since his last message. No response. Which I find odd considering the nature of his final words.
I created this site—not just to showcase excerpts from my correspondence with Darby and my ‘future’ opus PRINCESS GOVINA, as well as original artwork inspired by both—but in the hopes that it will one day find my dear friend. That’s where you come in. If you dig what you read here please REBLOG the posts, share them on your social networks, email them to your friends. Whatever it takes. I need to find Darby as soon as possible.
The following is a simple key you will need to familiarize yourself with in order to understand the posts…
Bold text in this color indicates a passage from the 2017 PRINCESS GOVINA book.
“Bold quoted text in this color indicates an excerpt from my email correspondence
Italicized plain text indicates personal asides.
Well, there you have it. I hope you enjoy this ride as much as I did. And remember…SPREAD THE WORD!!! Help me find my friend.
Click here to go directly to episode 1.
*Back in May of 2013, when Darby and I were well into our exchange, I ‘snuck’ my own version of the princess onto one of my sites. I shared it with Darby and much to my amazement he said it looked exactly like how he imagined his daughter.