I did this picture back in March for an article in a magazine for SickKids hospital about philanthropy and hospitals. I had forgotten all about it until a cheque came in the mail a few weeks ago. I love when that happens! Also, I have uploaded the last of my pages for the new book to the publishers FTP, so I can do things other than that suddenly! It is possible there will be some small tweaks left to do, but for now I consider it done.
Today I updated my website a little bit. I recently went to an interesting panel discussion about Children's book illustration. I had grand plans of introducing myself to the two publishers there, but simply had no voice to use that night. Updating my website is part of that process. After a strong coffee one day soon, I intend to contact these people for real. It never hurts to have your work on file at various places.
I am playing with patterns. One of the girls in my book will have a dress with a variation of this one. I have dressed all the characters in clothes I wish I had! Especially the teacher. She is actually loosely based on Sally Hawkins character in "Happy Go Lucky". I really liked that movie. I mostly liked her, actually! Such a "cheerful by necessity" character. As though she quite consciously decided at some point to be cheerful, to combat the never ending gloom that can suck you down if you let it! A role model of sorts. Well, happy Friday!
First, Thank -you all SO so much for your kind words and thoughts on last post! Let's hope something new and better is just around the corner as you say!! yipes.
Second, in the spirit of looking on the bright side, I present you with my birthday present from my amazing husband! He sold a pile of his stuff six months in advance in order to have this bike ready for my birthday! Madness! I get so much attention biking around on this thing, and thieves beware- I have three heavy locks and also leave it at the new bicycle station when I am at work (till end of July).
It is strawberry season again and there is nothing like a sweet Ontario strawberrry with ice cream.
I am nearly nearly done the book!
Right over our neighborhood! I think this happened just when we got back from NYC and before the redundancy, but i can't quite remember...either way it must be a harbinger of good things to come.
Sharing Berkeley with a bunch more kids. They ask the funniest questions. One will ask me if I like making books, the next will say "My uncle makes books." Total stream of consciousness and hilarious.
How has it taken me this long to stumble upon this show? I am sorry but it is the funniest thing I have seen since... well...ever. It is ridiculous and sweet and I love it. We rent full seasons and watch for too long. We just finished season three and I am worried it's nearly done. It IS summer though so I suppose we should get outside and do things...
Best nice thing for last: One of my best and oldest friends is having her baby ANY SECOND!! Woot!
I have had a bit of a week-My job that I have had for 9.5 years at the CBC was made redundant, just like you have read in the news. We were told our department was presently safe, so this came as a big shock. I am not sure how much they will save by cutting part time me, but there you go. My vision of life as a great game of snakes and ladders is proving true. Where is my next ladder? Who knows. For now I am enjoying putting finishing touches of my forth coming kids book, and I still have work ( and benefits) till the end of July. Keep calm and carry on, as they say...or to use my favorite Dead Dog Cafe quote:
Here is Bryant park where we sat for ages on my birthday sipping iced coffee and watching the world go by. It is a lovely little oasis in the city! We also went to the NYC public library- awesome! Grand central station, Times square- madness. Saw the new star trek movie and the movie "I Love you man"and ate so much yummy food!
We walked all the way across the Brooklyn bridge and took the Staten Island ferry past the Statue of Liberty...
The flower stalls were so pretty. We also went to central park for a bit, saw John Stewart in a comic book store with his kid, went to the legendary Blue Note on my birthday and saw Ottmar Liebert, wandered around for hours, and basically soaked it all in! I wish we were back again. It was the best holiday ever. There is probably a lot more that I am not even remembering now! (Joanie, if you ever read here, I am sorry we did not get in touch- it all went so fast!)