Solstice and Stores

Sounds like I'm going to say something profound about our capitalist society? No. You will have to go to an intelligent blog for THAT sort of thing.

Here's the Solstice bit:

My critters lazing in the last of the day's sun.

And here's the store bit:

Visiting Hanover B&N last week, found 'Autistic Kid' on the shelf. Always nice!

This week I find myself with FREE TIME. As in no projects on my board with deadlines - been a long time. I've thrown off the darn flu too. Time to pull out the dummies! First, some research into where to submit the math concept books. (Remember them?) Seems a truly long time since I did anything with them. They went out to a couple of publishers this year, but no bites ... that was single submissions. Now's the time to look at publishers interested in this subject and do a targeted submission, just a few at a time. Amazon is always handy for narrowing down subjects with their nifty search facility. And I use the CWIM handbook.

That will keep me out of mischief over Christmas. 

Hope you have a peaceful season wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Me, I'm staying right here at home with 'im indoors, by the fire, with books and movies and season's eatings.

OH! If you haven't seen HUGO already what the heck are you waiting for? GO!!!!!!


Ont he bookshelf"
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brain Selznick
The Elements of Style - Strunk and White
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Judi and Ron Barrett
Olivia Saves the Circus - Ian Falconer

Give away Friday!

Today I am giving away original artwork of the cartoon I posted on FB this morning. I'm calling it 'The Cliff of Submission' ... if you would like to own this, drawn in pen and ink, then all you have to do is join my blog and then leave me a comment with your email address on this post. I will draw the winner on Monday. So you haven't got long to enter. I am happy for you to share this blogpost also:-)

Here is the cartoon:
So, I am trying to get back on the Friday post gig. Since I got back from swanning off on vacation I have pretty much had my nose to the grindstone getting on with projects. Gearing up to starting the illustrations for the BOOK. (See previous blogposts. Can't keep boring you with the same details.)

Been working on some more greeting cards for Kelly Morse in Seattle ... here's one of them ... totally in photoshop in case you are interested. (No? Well go have a cup o' tea instead.)

Yesterday was our Re-Vision crit group meet up ... we mosyed over to B&N in Augusta first to see Cynthia Lord, Lynn Plourde and Deva Fagan at a book signing and chatted with them afterwards. It's just a boost to speak to those 'walking the walk', and hear their stories and thoughts. Afterwards we hotfooted it to a nice coffee shop (the diet has really gone to pot!) and swapped news and crits. There is a nice feeling of comradeship building in our group.

(Note to self: Stop using Mapquest. Hopelessly lost in Augusta .... sigh ... perhaps the time is coming for GPS? Or just street map?. Do they even make street maps anymore??)

Here's a couple of pics from Los Angeles, at the Getty Museum ... (DID I MENTION I WENT TO HOLLYWOOD?!? some of you are tired of hearing about it, can't imagine why!) It was truly beautiful at the museum though. if you take me out of the photo that is ... groan.

Well that's it folks ... remember you need to join my blog and leave me a comment to win the cartoon artwork.

Here's looking at you kidz!
aka The Wacky Brit.

PS. Book on the bedside table this week is Cynthia Lord's 'Hot Rod Hamster' (cos I bought it last night and she signed it for me :-)))))))))) Thanks Cynthia ... and I AM dreaming Big!

Note to Self: Go to library - read more books.