Becky Murphy is 5 feet tall, and proud of it. Her new, pint-sized book I’d Rather Be Short: 100 Reasons Why It’s Great to Be Small is a witty collection of drawings and captions that prove that tall stature isn’t everything.
As a graphic designer, illustrator, writer, and blogger, Murphy is always looking for new inspiration for her work. It turns out one of her biggest muses is herself! “I knew [this book] was a good idea because if something like it was out there, then I would have already known about it since I’m always the shortest friend,” says Murphy, whose earliest memory of feeling small was in fifth grade. “I was always short,” she explains, “but that’s when I realized I wasn’t growing and my peers were.” Murphy adds that she could not have written the book without learning about the gripes of taller women. “The reasons started out as my own experiences, but friends and blog readers gave me some really good points I never would have thought of had I not had their tall ‘problem’ perspective.”
For Murphy, working on I’d Rather Be Short has been an empowering life lesson. “I learned that when you look at an affirming phrase like ‘I’d rather be short’ hundreds of times, it really does change you. It used to be that I was just okay with being short. Now I really, sincerely, would rather be short. I wish my high school self would have been able to see this coming. I learned in a short (zing!) period of time that we really do become what we surround ourselves with. Life-giving work is imperative to a life of fulfillment. This project was just a small taste of that.”
I’d Rather Be Short will be available in bookstores and barnesandnoble.com on October 29. To celebrate, Bona Style asked Murphy to play a game of “Would You Rather.” The author’s answers are below:
Would you rather be a bird or a fish?
Becky Murphy: A bird.
Would you rather be Wonder Woman or date Super Man?
B.M.: I know I’m supposed to say Wonder Woman, but I’d rather date Super Man.
Would you rather speak any language fluently, or be able to talk to animals?
B.M.: Talk to animals.
Would you rather be a vegetarian in love with a meat eater, or be a meat eater in love with a vegetarian?
B.M.: Vegetarian in love with a meat eater. I deem it to be cheaper.
Would you rather be able to read minds, or be able to fly?
Would you rather play Monopoly or Scrabble?
B.M.: Scrabble, but really Bananagrams.
Would you rather live at Hogwarts with Harry, Hermione and Ron, or live at the Plaza with Eloise?
Would you rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary place, or an extraordinary home in an ordinary place?
B.M.: The former.
If you could travel back in time, would you rather meet Coco Chanel or Jane Austen?
B.M.: Jane Austen, but had you said Audrey Hepburn, that question would have been harder to answer.
Would you rather dress like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday or Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
B.M.: Roman Holiday.
Would you rather live without ice cream, or without cookies?
B.M.: This one is tougher to answer due to my newfound love for cookies (especially these), but ice cream is my first love, so I’d keep that around.
I’m giving away a free copy of I’d Rather Be Short. What’s your favorite thing about being you? Tell me in the comments section below for a chance to win!
To learn more about Becky Murphy, visit her blog: chipperthings.com