Thursday, September 04, 2008

The seasonal unfurl

Today is the first day I feel myself standing a bit taller, breathing a bit deeper, unfurling from hunkering down through winter. It is such a good feeling. Bring on spring!

That said, I have been nose to the grindstone lately. I’m working madly on my book series every chance I get. I love it! One thing I’ve discovered: elephants are fun to draw. I must admit I was a bit worried about how to logistically place trunks in a composition so that they are not in the way, but I’ve found that they actually lend so much more emotion and expression. They are up in the air when all is well, drooping down in sadness, intertwining to show a connection between two characters, etc.

In between that and the rest of life, I have also taken on the task of painting our living room. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be! I was woefully unprepared for the endless scraping of cracks and sanding of walls in our 1950’s gem. (the painting part will be easy when we finally get to it!) Every time I start talking about this though I see people’s eyes start to glaze over so I think I’ll stop my whinging there! It will get done... One day... And it will be beautiful :-)

In other news, the author of my last book Surprise!, Karen, had a little talk at the Melbourne Writers Festival last week (you can see some videos of it on her blog, if you like). I went along and also got to see a positional proof of the book. Nothing to write home about really, I didn't get to see the printing proof unfortunately. Anyway, the good news is that they are due back end of September! Hooray! Get ready for some giveaways when that happens!


Tom Barrett said...

Glad to hear the new book is going along well! Also, looking forward to seeing what the "surprise" is!

And as far as home improvement, it always takes longer—sometimes much longer—than you think, especially when you do it yourself! But, like you said, it will be worth it in the end, and is usually is!

Mônica said...

Your sketches look great, such a sweet little elephant. It's wonderful to be working on a new project, and I'm sure your board books will be adorable.

As far as painting walls, it does take longer than we expect! We did it a couple of times, and I love the end result, but it is a lot of work! :-)

Isabelle said...

I was wondering when the book was coming out!
Good luck with your home improvements, patience and elbow grease!

Kate said...

Congrats on all of your fun news! I love your elephants. Oh...and here in the States we are hunkering down for our winter....blech. I can see it coming.