"They" always say to write what you know, which is often what she did on her way home or the next morning. She would often find wads of cocktail napkins with text/story fragments on her bedside table. But instead of "fleshing" out the stories into actual books or short stories, the author/designer visualized the covers of a collection of sometimes raw, frequently funny experiences, pages from her journal, and other ephemera.
Unlike the earlier pulp fiction authors, who had no control over cover design or copy—or even how the stories ended—Ms. Gilbert took over all aspects of these titles (cover design, back copy text, bar codes, marketing quotes, copy editing). While the cover stories are offered alphabetically, none of them took place in such an ordered, chronological way. Like scrabble tiles, they were collected randomly and then pieced together, in an effort to make sense of life, romance, wishful thinking, dashed hopes.
Please join Ms. Gilbert, her unnamed protagonist, and her alter-author Anon E. Mess, as they alphabetize their way through the ups and downs of being a heart-on-her-sleeve, sometimes tongue-tied, always dapper-tied, romantic raconteur.