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The Book I Want To Read

Like most people, I start each year with great expectations and plans and then gradually let them slide as life intervenes.

And this year will no doubt be like all the rest.

But, eternal optimist that I am, I have decided to try something else.  I’m going to let some complete strangers in on my personal goals.  That’s smart, right?  I mean, this is the internet, after all.  And nothing bad ever comes from baring your soul on the internet.

This year I want to put the pieces in place for a book about Howard.  I’m not thinking standard bio, more a scrapbook kind of thing.  I doubt I’ll be the writer or editor – that person will be someone with lots of experience and publications to his/her credit.

The book I envision will have lots of photos, personal stories and musings from people who knew and worked with Howard, unfinished or cut lyrics, and maybe some learned explication of Howard’s lyrics and other writings, as well.

There are obvious people to speak to and include in this, of course.  But I’m throwing this out there to you loyal followers.  What am I missing?  Who would you like to hear from?

Think outside the box on this.  Let the ideas flow.  I’m starting a conversation on Feed Me for your input.

Thanks and, remember you heard it here first, Happy New Year.






Posted on: December 28th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 8 Comments

8 Responses

  1. Jarred Braga says:

    I feel like this would make a fantastic biopic like “Saving Mr. Banks” as well as a book. Anyone else agree? I’d love to see the story of Howard Ashman on the big screen

  2. Jordan Brisikin says:

    I think I know something else that could stand to be added to this proposed book of yours, Sarah dearest: A selection of quotes from Howard himself, or perhaps quotes from people who served as Howard’s “Muses”, in lieu of a better term.

    Having already read standard bios and autobiographies about such people as Walt Disney, Tony Fitzjohn, Daphne Sheldrick, Nelson Mandela, and Jim Henson, I think that a “scrapbook bio” (if you’ll allow me to call it that) would be a refreshing change of form.

    • Jordan Brisikin says:

      I should also add the bio of Charles Schulz; I forgot to add it the first time, so I’m adding it via reply to my own comment. {sheepish chuckle}

  3. neil einleger says:

    Sarah..thos us neil, I helped you at hi light. I think a book is a great idea, and I know soneone who could really help you with that

  4. Chris says:

    Hi, Sarah. I know we all love Howard’s Disney work, but, I’d love to read more about the development of the WPA theater and how Howard and co. all managed to put it together. We know the story of him meeting Alan later, when the WPA was all ready up and running, but what about before? Was it a struggle acquiring that space? What’s the story behind it being one floor above a massage parlor? A full history of Little Shop is a must, of course, with comments from Ellen Greene and all those other fabulous talents and their recollections of how it all shaped together. I’d love to read what some of the people at Disney, like animators who brought Howard and Alan’s songs to life, think, both of their own interpretations of the songs, how they think Howard felt about their interpretations, their thoughts on specific characters, etc. Honestly, I’d like to read ANYTHING relating to Howard’s work/career. And personal life, of course. The pre-fame days. His own influences, favorite books, movies, songs, etc. There are honestly so many blank spots that a book could fill for fans who have wondering to themselves for years, “What would (or DID) Howard think…?”

    • I love these ideas. A history of the WPA may already be in the works. I’m glad you touched on things other than Disney. As influential as that work was, it was not by far the sum total of Howard’s talent. I could write a book about his influences, I think….wait, scratch that…

  5. Saskia says:

    This is incredibly exciting news. You are a gifted writer! Write from your heart – you don’t need a ghostwriter! This blog is proof of your talents. What we want to hear is your voice and your passion for your brother! I love the scrapbook idea, too! Best of luck with it all!

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