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The Wurtherington Diary Needs your Opinion on Sketches

Updated on July 2, 2015

The Wurtherington Diary Covers

Final Cover of the Wutherington Diary #1
Final Cover of the Wutherington Diary #1 | Source
Final Cover of the Wutherington Diary #2
Final Cover of the Wutherington Diary #2 | Source

The Wurtherington Diary: Art

The Wurtherintgon Diary

Quite by accident I find myself involved in the production of a young adult book with illustrations. A century old diary of a ten-year-old girl was recently discovered in Ohio and ended up in my hands. Illustrations appeared in the diary and I brought in a restoration expert from Egypt in order to restore the drawings. The pencil sketches and the diary are quite remarkable and I felt I needed assistance from experts as the entire project was well beyond my expertise.

We have various drawings that have been restored as best we can and need input as to which drawings would best be received by readers. It is felt that the diary may very well appear to all ages and rather than gearing it entirely to children, we wanted adults to appreciate the story and the timeless drawings.

The diary reveals a story that can best be described as being somewhat like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz although, as best we can determine, the diary is authentic and everything in it actually occurred. Tammy Wurtherington is the ten-year-old author and we calculate that readers of that age will be drawn to the story. Whether anyone will be interested at all in the private thoughts of a little girl living in Ohio in 1883 has yet to be determined; however I felt that it was entirely possible.


The following is a note to the individuals that sent the diary to me.

Dear Amara and Robert,

I wish to thank you for forwarding the lost papers to me and after reading all of it, I can see your concern about preserving it. You must forgive me as many of the papers fell apart as I brought them out and much of it is now little more than dust. I can report that I was able to save the entire diary by transcribing it into my computer and I imagine that the three of us are grateful that I was able to accomplish the task. Robert, your re-creation of the first few pages would appear to be accurate and you did well to do that.

I must confess that the entire diary is a remarkable piece of writing and I can only wonder what other readers will make of it.

One of my first thoughts was, “In what manner will I present the book?” It is clearly a true accounting of her experience, and yet there will be those who would discount it all as being a preposterous tale not worthy of any discourse. I am at a quandary and by the time the book is ready to publish, I will have settled the issues, like this one, that run through my mind. You mentioned that there are other papers that appear to be written by Ms. Wurtherington that you are currently accessing and I will soon have those papers in my possession. I can only say that I greatly anticipate viewing all of the papers one day and perhaps assisting in getting those before the public eye.

As for the drawings, that are nearly lost, I plan to send them to Egyptian restoration artist, Nourhan Hassan, whose preservation skills are legend. Her grandfather was instrumental in saving the dead-sea scrolls and worked with Carter in 1922 opening King Tut's Tomb. Many of the scrolls as well as the wall etchings at the Temple of Deir al-Bahria were preserved as the result of her team's efforts. In that portions of some of the drawings are missing, I will call upon other internationally known artists, if needed, to recreate them and will note them in the front section of the book.

As I write this note, I think I will take the liberty of dividing the diary into various parts such that the reader will find it more readable. Other than that, I see no reason to change a single word—to do so would be a criminal act.

For readers who may be reading this, I can say that you must understand that this was written more than a century ago and it was never meant to be more than the diary of Ms. Wurtherington expressing her most innermost thoughts. We can imagine that she never shared it with anyone and it is only because she has passed on that it may be appropriate for the eyes of others.

It will be up to readers to decide if the private thoughts of a little girl who lived in another time and place will have any merit at all in today's world....

Your Vote is appreciated

I would like to present the withered drawings as they exist today. The paper is brown and decaying, however it best represents a true accounting of the diary as it exists. There are various ways to do this and a small sampling is provided here. What I need today is input from you as to which sketches have the most appeal for you. Please look over the selections and place your vote. Feel free to express opinions too.

Please feel free to make comments. Nourhan has completed a second cover based upon one of Ms. Wurtherington's, sketches. The rough sketch was displayed up to 18 votes and received few votes. Now that the finished cover is displayed we will see what everyone thinks of it. Go ahead and vote for the covers.

Cover Art is newly posted. Cast a Vote

Which Cover do you like Best?

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Hoaragg Warriors

We are stumped on which of the sketches has the most appeal. Each has it own merits and hopefully your votes will send us in the right direction.

Three Hoargg Warriors

Hoargg Warriors sketch #1
Hoargg Warriors sketch #1 | Source
Hoargg Warriors sketch #2
Hoargg Warriors sketch #2 | Source

The Hoargg Warriors

We have a day- time scene and one at night-time.

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Pirate Parchment

Pirates #1
Pirates #1 | Source
Pirates #2
Pirates #2 | Source

Tammy and the Pirates

Tammy is repairing the sails for the bedraggled pirates. Most of the sketches have no color, however we found one with color and wonder if it is more appealing than the other. The color is a tiny bit faded, yet retains the beauty of the sketch as it must have appeared in 1883. Nourhan could fully restore the color and suggests we leave it as it is.

RJ needs your Opinion

Which pirate sketch do you like best?

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Thank you for Your votes and Comments

We thank all of you for any votes you cast and comments that you may have made. We have nearly fifty sketches to review and this small sampling will assist us in our efforts to bring this enchanting diary to publication.

Capira the Capital City of Kira

#1: Capira, the Capital City of Kira
#1: Capira, the Capital City of Kira | Source
#2: Capira, the Capital City of Kira
#2: Capira, the Capital City of Kira
#3  Capira, the Capital City of Kira
#3 Capira, the Capital City of Kira

Capira, the Capital City

Tammy has left us three sketches of Kira, the Capital of Kira. It appears that the building on the right is the capital building. You can see it is moved around a bit in each sketch. Please cast a vote for the one that looks best to you.

Which one do you like Best?

Vote for the City drawing you believe is best.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Fun. I love interactive hubs. What an exciting project. Good luck with it!

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      I know you will have fun with this one. Have a great New Year.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      The number 1 sketches are my preference. Sounds like an interesting project. My first thoughts are questions about what these sketches mean to a ten year old. The best to you and the book!

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Wiconsaga, Bobbi, and Ms. Dora. Thank you for showing up here today. I remember all of you well. I've been busy with this project and the HUB writing has fallen off in the last year. I've decided I like working on children's projects so much that I will continue to do this for a long time. Tammy projects are going to continue indefinitely as I have that incredible diary to work with. I like working as a project leader with the restoration staff and that takes writing into a non-solitary environment. Please stop back in a few days as I have been promised the new cover by Nourhan which is going to be a gem and then you can vote for your choice. Thank you for voting in the polls and it is pretty much a toss-up so far.

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      Don A. Hoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Looks interesting.

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thank you for taking a peek. I know you are experiencing the same weather I am this week. If you have any writing projects going, LMK and I'll do whatever I can for you. Good news is one agent responded yesterday and will take a look at the project.

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      Greg 3 years ago

      Looks like fun!

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thanks Greg. I'm looking into my crystal ball and I see that you will find a reward in your future.

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      James Barrett 3 years ago

      I have always enjoyed noire and that comes through in my voting. Best wishes.

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thank you, James for your votes and comment. Much appreciated

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      Michael DeLong 3 years ago

      I'd have to say the more texture the pictures have, the more they speak to me.

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Michael, That is good that you like the textures as there is no other way to do it and keep the original look of the parchments. I am thinking that I will display some of the original textured texts that survived the aging process as well. Your comment is well taken and appreciated.

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      Karl Eve 3 years ago

      some good stuff

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Karl, Thank you for the comment and your votes.

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      Don A. Hoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      .Hi Reynold,

      Cover 2 appeals to me the most.

      Don

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thank you Mr. Hoglund. It is a beautiful cover. I'm probably going to present both covers to agents and publishers and let them take their pick. This vote carries a lot of weight for me. Thank you and write anytime. RJ

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      nathan green 3 years ago

      Looks interesting and very intriguing. All the best with this project.

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Nathan, Glad you stopped by and could see this.

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Hello RJ,

      What a fascinating project! I see this article is 21 months old, so I know your project is complete.

      Beautiful artwork. Love the detail in all drawings. It seems I answered the polls with the majority of voters here.

      I look forward to reading more.

      Blessings

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      Reynold Jay 18 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Faith--we are on book seven of the eight. We are still hard at work. It is a labor of love for all of us. We released the first three books recently. In all there will be around 100 books with all the editions, color books, and spin off books.

      http://reynold-jay.artistwebsites.com/ visit this and you will see what we have been up to. Thank you so much.

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      My goodness, RJ, that it all mighty impressive! I will look forward to checking out that site.

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      Jill Spencer 18 months ago from United States

      You have a wonderful imagination, and this hub was lots of fun. Good luck with your Wurtherington Project! --Jill

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      Reynold Jay 18 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thank you Faith and Dirt Farmer for leaving these kind comments. Much appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Reynolds Jay an interesting hub you have here. Hope you were a success?

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      Reynold Jay 17 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thank you DDE. I hope so as well.

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      Besarien 16 months ago

      This hub is so fun! I think I would have loved reading this diary as a little girl.

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      Reynold Jay 16 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Glad you stopped by Besarien...I musts see what you are doing in your HUBS now.

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      Don A. Hoglund 16 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Jay, the sketches do have the feel of the old Alice in Wonderland era children's books. I do like the color ones best, but that may be because the work better on the internet.

      Don

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      Reynold Jay 16 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thank you, Don. I feel the same and decided to do the color versions only for the internet. Glad you commented today.

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      John Hansen 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This would be an intriguing project to be involved in Reynolds. I am a fan of good children's stories and the fact that this is an unpublished work, a private diary and over 100 years old makes it very appealing. I have voted for the images though I see this hub is almost two years old so it has probably already been decided and published. Thanks for sharing however.

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      Reynold Jay 16 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Since then we found enough in the Diary to do an eight book series. We have 6 of the eight completed in the two years as it is an enormous project because of all the art restorations. Anyone can view the progress here. http://biccomix.com/seedsfromheaven.htm So far over 350 art restorations have been completed. Thanks for commenting today.

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