I love this time of year. Fall gives way to winter weather. Cold, blustery and white! We turn on the wood stove and sit by the fire. Christmas is around the corner. I am not into the flurry of the season, but the quiet peaceful beauty. Simplicity calls me. Lone candles and a few ornaments hung on a small tree reminding me of loved ones and some who are not with me any more. I smile. I am thankful to have had good memories. I think about what I can do to make a good memory for someone else.
And why am I happy? The “flu” flew by in record time. One day in bed is enough for this happy camper. It’s back to the studio!
Over the weekend I attended the Picture Book Summit in the privacy of my studio! I joined more than 300 other authors and illustrators. What fun! We listened to advice from all the experts from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm! Barely enough time for lunch and potty breaks but well worth the time. There is already talk of another one next year. If you are an author or illustrator I highly recommend it!
ONWARD to new adventures!
To some, it is just what it says, a 14 foot Escape travel trailer. To me, it is another place I can escape to do some writing.
From what I hear from other friends in the creative field, getting alone is crucial to creativity. When we bought this little gem, I imagined having my early morning coffee in it. Home away from home? Not yet, we have not driven it out of the driveway yet. But, I am using it!
It’s name? We tossed a few ideas around. I have settled on Mobeleo. It’s a cross between Mobile and the famous cartoon character named Oblio. The little boy who was born without a point. (It ends good!)
I have heard many people say that motor homes are rarely used. Not this one! My studio is so jammed packed these days that this spartan little trailer is perfect!
Oh my! Life goes by so quickly. Do you feel it like I do? I wake up, and suddenly it it bedtime! This happens more when I am doing what I love, creating art or writing stories for my art. I could work right through lunch and dinner if my body would let me, but it cries out for a break!
So what is happening in the studio this week? Fabric designing and story polishing. Below you will see a horizontal pattern I made yesterday. It features Burl and Briley, my new little buddies. I am having so much fun discovering their delightful little world in my writing.
Last night I met with my new critique group. They are amazing professional writers! Every one of them! Eileen Ross, Susan Bergstrom, Penny Bergman and Stephanie Bendel. I look forward to our meetings twice a month. I sit in amazement hearing their stories. I love their hearts! I love their passion! I am hopeful they will all get their latest work published. The world needs to hear their stories!
Thanks girls!!! For letting me be in your circle!
Onward! On to another day of adventure!!
I am in love with my two new little characters, Burl the bear and Briley the beaver. I have two stories just about nailed down for submission. Burl and Briley found their way into my heart as I began the journey of writing what came into thoughts. Childhood is not that far away from me in my memories. All the delights, the fears, friends, fun, adventures and more surface when I write my stories.
We all have memories of childhood that linger, be they good or bad. These stories can be shared with the little ones in the world. Perhaps they will find joy? Peace? Reassurance? Perhaps just a giggle. That will make it all worth the effort! Stay posted! The illustrations are next!!
The image above is from a new line of fabric I am working on. An Illustrators job covers a lot of categories.
Oh to have a life like Pearl! She is leaping through life without a care! Hitched to a star, jumping through a meadow of hearts, kicking up her heals with a spring in her step. She is one of my favorite images. I always smile when I come across my Pearl. It is why I do what I do. Joy and leaping and dancing are a part of who I am. Even if I don’t go around doing it all day, I am in my heart whenever possible. It is something I was taught as a child. Our parents encouraged joy in their own ways. It just rubbed off on us kids…and so my biggest joy is to spread it!
Happy Spring everyone!
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