With the word whale I immediately thought about the book Moby Dick. A few years ago I finally read it for the first time, prompted by a program I heard on NPR. They were doing a radio show that day on people who had been so inspired by Moby Dick that they have created artwork, writing, or even music. I had already had an interest in reading Moby Dick ever since I finished Ahab’s Wife, but the radio show really pushed me to get going. On the show they read a few opening pages and the line that really caught me goes- Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.
When I decided to make a whale cake I wanted to keep the sugar letters simple, something that hinted to that line of text, and might stand out to a fellow Moby Dick fan, but was just a few words. “November In My Soul” seemed like it would do that perfectly, and a cartoon sad whale cake with a slice taken out of him just seems to round it out.
I ended up ordering some fabric from Spoonflower with my image to sew into a pillow for our couch. I set it up so it will sew up whale shaped and has the entire quote from the book on the reverse side. Once it arrives and I make it I will be sure to post some photos. I look forward to seeing what direction Jessee has taken those same two words.