I also admit I am pretty picky about what vessel I use for my hot beverages.
My favorite combo is dark on the outside and light on the inside, I believe it's so i can see if the mug is dirty or not. This one fills the bill perfectly, as my other condition is that it is big enough for my required quantity of said hot liquid.
We made these up for Christmas gifts last year and I have a few left over.
It's a quote from Neil Gaiman's amazing University of the Arts commencement speech from May 2012, which is up on line and well worth your time to google it.
In his speech, he advises that no matter what happens, good or bad, make art out of the situation.
In making this art, when mistakes are made, all the better.
He describes a moment when he misspelled "Caroline" while typing, and that's how he came up with the title of his wonderful "CORALINE" book.
In fact, I made a conscious "mistake" on this mug, as i couldn't fit the actual quote from NG, too many letters, had to improvise, as much as I don't like to do that, I believe it contains the essence of his brilliant message, which is to take chances and be unafraid to do so.
to quote Queen:
"...and bad mistakes, I've made a few..."
This little reminder while I drink my morning tea makes me present and accountable.
( *editor's note: mug also works really well for coffee, but I have never seen Mr. Gaiman drink the stuff. He's a British tea man, more often he drinks green tea these days...)
This item is for domestic US shipping only, sorry that it costs so much to ship outside of the US, but them's the breaks, kid. I shipped a few these overseas and it costs 18 bucks! EIGHTEEN BUCKS! no kidding. If you REALLY want it, please let me know.
any questions, put them to me here: firstname.lastname@example.org