March Hedge a gram
This is a good time to stop and take a breath and tell you about my life as
an illustrator. Some days I can paint happily away, listen to music or books on
tape and my work seems carefree. It's not always like that. Right now I'm
working on the book dummy (that the sketch version of the new book) for Noah's
Ark my book for fall 2003. I've got a big list of letters of the alphabet and
beside each of the letters are the names of animals that begin with that letter.
I also have a huge stack of reference books that picture most of the animals,
birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects in the world.
I'll be going to about thirty bookstores in March to sign books and especially my new story, Daisy Comes Home. I'll be so happy to see you if you are able to visit. You'll recognize me because I'll be wearing a silk jacket made in china, the place where Daisy is takes place. I wish I could bring my daughter in law Yun, who helped me with the book, but she has two little boys and a job, so she is too busy.
Something exciting will be happening at my house while I'm away. Two of my hens will be setting on eggs. It takes 21 days for them to hatch into chicks. If all goes well, I'll have baby chicks hatching the day after I come home.
I hope if you are working on a creative project you don't get discouraged. There is an expression. "It's always darkest before the dawn." I always say this to myself when I'm beginning a book, to remind myself it's worth it to try hard.
Good luck! I hope I will see you at a bookstore next month.
Bye for now,