Yes! Finished Too Many Shoes in record time. Around two years from when I started to when I finished the manuscript. Actually, I did most of the writing in a 4 or 5 day period, which is fairly fast for me. As usual, the story doesn't resemble my original idea. I'll go back each day and read through it once or twice and make a few tweaks now and then for a couple weeks and then call it finished. I usually illustrate a cover and one spread before pitching it to anyone, but in this case I think I'll send it to my current publisher before I do that. I think the story is plenty good enough to sell itself, and besides, they know my illustrating style. Hopefully, you'll see it in your local bookstore in a couple years!
Writing stories is a new thing for me. I wrote my first story around three years ago. the most recent before that was back in Elementary School. I think of myself as a good rhymer and a fair story teller, but grammatically I'm still back in Elementary School. But I'm improving. I think.
The process of writing is fascinating and fun. I start with a very basic idea and then I start writing. And just make it up as I go. Usually, I have no idea what the ending will be until I get there. That's part of the fun-discovering the story! More time is spent re-writing than writing, making sure every word is exactly the right word. Because with a picture book, every word must be the right one. If there's a line or verse that isn't essential to the story, then it most go. If a line is just okay, then it must be improved. Okay, isn't good enough! When a story is finally complete, it usually barely resembles my original idea.
So, I'm working on this story about a girl who loves shoes, and I'm trying to finish it up before the work week begins. I actually have an idea for the ending, which is good because that's all that I still have to write. It's coming one word at a time, and seems to be taking forever. But the challenge is what makes it so fun!
I just received my copies of Food for a Fish & Good News of Great Joy! They look great! They will be in stores and available online next month! Woo Hoo!
These are the first two books in the Magnificent Tales series, of which there are four being released in the near future. There are big things in the works for later.
These are rhyming Bible stories full of my wacky illustrations. I think they're fun, and true to the stories/messages of the Bible.
Yesterday, I spent the day working on a story about a girl with too many shoes. I'd started this idea a couple years ago, but just came back to it. It's been very fun to write and was a nice break from what I had been working on. I find it helps to work on a couple projects at once to keep things fresh. It reads very smoothly and has a good flow to it. And it's weird, which I like.
Here's and excerpt: She would search through them all from the first to the last till her heartbeat was beating two-times-two too fast. Then she’d pout, and she’d whine, and she’d whimper and bawl,“Having no shoes I like… is like no shoes at all!“
Sound like anyone you know? I didn't think so.
My first blog.
Is it a true blog if it's only a couple sentences long?
This is more likely to be short notes about what I'm working on than what I would call a blog. Time will tell.
I will try to make updates at least once or twice a week, though they may be very short ones. Please feel free to ask me questions, as they will provide me with any easy topic.
Today, instead of writing or illustrating, I'm updating my website, creating an author FB page and setting up signing dates for my next two books which are due out next month(October). Yes, I've again waited until the last minute. I'd rather be writing than scheduling signings. But it must be done.