I had a busy week. Got up at 5:30-6:00 am every single day with a plan. I painted, edited, scanned and set up the layout for Ellie. I never realized how much work goes into scanning all the artwork and preparing the files.
I went back and forth publishing and updating Wise Trees. I shared the book with art friends and it felt good to have them excited with me.
And then the stupid book cover didn’t upload. It just wouldn’t load. Something went wrong with the file. There it is, I had it all done, worked out, finished and the cover wouldn’t upload.
Oh but I finally got it right. I finished Wise Trees! I have been working on these books for months, two summers and …..I am reminded of some words from The Nose Knows podcast.
You get to a point where things get crazy, and you just got to get things done. You have a deadline to meet. Your adrenaline is full speed. You have to trust your instincts because there’s no time for fear or doubt.
Two days later I’m done DONE with Ellie. And done with Ana and George. That’s it DONE.
I’m using my old sketches for the artwork. These sketches are pretty good.
Scan these sketches in as images? Redraw some of the messy ones. A full color page and title page? Maybe I should outline each art piece with full color . I do like the sketches in The Giving Tree. But I want to add a little color. I have to meet this deadline. I’ll have to think about that, but yeah, I think this will work.
Ideas and words swim around in my head. I think of J.K. Rowling and the voice that told her, “Your book will be hard to publish but if you, do it’s going to be huge. I think of Whitney Houston who at an early age, singing in a church, she knew right then and there what she must do.
Right now I just want to write The tale of Ana Bee and George Bird. I don’t know why I started it but I need to see it through. I am not J.K Rowling or Whitney Houston but I am passionate about this project. This is a great way to immerse myself in creative writing, drawing, and color!
Intro to my book:
Chapter 1 George Bird
George could feel and see the crowd. “Sing—SING George!” said Ana Bee. He looked for her and tried to sing but the words wouldn’t come out. Scratch! The music stopped and George woke up. George rubbed his eyes and took a deep breath. “WHY do I keep having this dream?” It had been a while since George sang. It had been a while since the terrible talent show. He thought of Mr. Gables’ words, “You’ll never make it as a singer. For some reason he had a hard time singing in front of crowds but not in front of Ana Bee … “ANA BEE!” said George as he jumped out of bed. George washed his face, brushed his teeth and combed his hair. Then grabbed his suitcase and ran to Ana Bee’s house.
Character profiles and sketches.
There have been some changes.
One day I just got this idea in my head and not sure how but a voice did say.” you gotta right this down.” I get ideas and I need to follow them. My problem is that I need to stop being such a wuss and wondering what if, how or buts. I realize now as I write that oh my gosh but I have failed at all these ideas so what makes me think that this one will work. Am I wasting my time? Only if I am not giving my best. I mean don’t you have to go through all these terrible ideas to get to the good ones. I guess.