a modern fable
Ccay is a boy who dreams of becoming an Artist. He travels from his home in the small town of Humble to the Port where he meets Sera. Together they sit on the limestone cliffs and watch dugongs playing in the ocean. Sera encourages Ccay to go to the City so that he can fulfil his dreams.
In the City, Ccay encounters teachers, students, artists and street workers, all of whom influence his journey of self discovery. His relationships with Sera, Lettie his childhood sweetheart, Jess a prostitute and Jule a fellow art student, help to shape his personal landscape as he learns to cope with failure and success in the realisation of his dream.
He returns to his home town where he learns the significance of the changes brought about by his success. He makes decisions that open his life to joyful and tragic experiences that shape his destiny.
The story is illustrated with approximately fifty drawings which represent the work of Ccay. They are embedded in the text but could be separated as a separate folio or set of limited edition prints.
Ccay is in a style which I believe would appeal to a similar market as The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Three more stories in a similar style are planned and one is in the first draft stage.
Ccay lived in a small town, hidden in a valley and forgotten by time. Telephone and electric wires went past the town of Humble without stopping. Nobody in Humble had even heard of television and they still measured days by the sun and the stars.
Ccay had an unremarkable childhood. He dreamed of something quite different. He wanted to become an artist. There hadn’t been an artist in Humble for many years. The last one anyone’s grandparents could remember was Temesis. Temesis had worn a white beard and had painted a picture of the Mayor. It still hung in the town hall. It was the finest beard you ever saw.
Ccay’s parents didn’t want him to become an artist. They thought he was far too young. They took him to Uncle Muff who was a glassblower.
‘Glass looks good and there are four different colours. You should be happy working for Uncle Muff,’ they told Ccay.
But Ccay wasn’t happy working for Uncle Muff. It wasn’t that he didn’t like glass. Glass was beautiful, magenta, turquoise, saffron and emerald, the pure colours of the sands of Humble.
Uncle Muff said if Ccay learned quickly, he could be a master glass blower in ten years.
Ccay admired Uncle Muff’s skill and he could see that he was respected in the town for his trade but when he looked at the bottles and other vessels Uncle Muff made, they seemed so empty.
The original manuscript of Ccay was illustrated with over 50 drawings. They are not supported in the ebook format. Some of them are available here.