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September 19, 2016

on my desk monday

On Saturday a box arrived at my doorstep with the exclusive "deleted" story booklets:

These are the booklets I made as part of my pre-order promotion.  I specially illustrated, "The Story of the Stonecutter" (one of the stories I cut out of my book) and had it designed and printed. If you pre-order  When the Sea Turned to Silver from my book party store, you get one! And, I think they are worth getting (if I do say so myself)!  They printed beautifully:

Don't you want one? It's a collector's item! An added bonus to share with students! All you have to do is  pre-order the book! And don't forget to come to the party, you can win an original piece of art from this booklet

September 5, 2016

on my desk monday

Even though I was officially on vacation on the Cape, I still had to bring work:

The picture book is coming along and I am excited about this new direction, but it is slow going. I admit, it was made slower by the calls of the beach,

where Rain Dragon and I created art of another sort:

shell castle
sand ducks and hummingbird
And the discovery of the first autumn leaf:

Summer is over.

I'm glad, even though I had to neglect the drawing table, to enjoy some of it.

August 30, 2016

house of dreams

So, we have lived in our new house for almost four years now and it has been an adjustment. The biggest one has been adjusting my own romantic expectations. One of my favorite books is Anne's House of Dreams, in which Anne lives in charming house near the sea. 

While I knew it was unlikely that I would have a gorgeous seaside house, I've always kind of wished for something beautiful--either a grey stone cottage with centuries of character or a glass modern home that lit like a lantern in the night. A house that you could imagine lived with stories and full of "scopes for imagination."

Of course, that's not exactly what we ended up with. Don't get me wrong, I like our house. It was a good choice--solidly built,  good location--all the things we needed to check off on our real estate list. But during that first year, I felt a small sense of disappointment. It was a nice house, but not my house of dreams.

But, as more time has passed, the disappointment has faded and transformed.   Perhaps it is kind of suburb-ian, perhaps it does lacks that storybook charm or any kind of grandness that would impress visitors...but it is our house! A house that we are paying for with income that I make from books! That is truly a dream.

And, as we add more of our own quirky touches (that would never fit with a castle by the sea) and make our own memories here, I'm starting to realize that while this might not be my house of dreams,  it is something even better--a home.