Goodbye Fall - Hello Winter

That's it! October is done in a snap of the fingers. Fall colour came and went in a week or so. Now, as I look out the window, the mist settles on naked branches and the nights are wrapping themselves around us. Sleep (the studio cat) is putting on his winter weight. Soon there will be snow.

While everything else is going into cold-storage, my work is hotting up! First on the drawing board is a new manuscript I'm illustrating for Charlesbridge's imprint, Mackinac Island Press. And darn it, I can't divulge much about it YET. I tell you, the not telling the hardest thing. I'm excited to be working on this book - and it's going to be a little different from anything I have done yet, watch out for it Spring 2013.

I also found out that my two proposals for workshops at New England SCBWI 2013conference have been accepted, maybe I will see you in Springfield, Massachusetts next year! FUN! (I can't tell you what those are about yet either).

More good news - from my publisher Kane Miller. The book I illustrated in Spring this year will go straight to trade and also be an e-book. Yippee! And I can't tell you about that yet either!! But it will be on their Spring list soon.

I should have called this blog post, 'Stuff I cannot tell you YET'.

I did leave the attic a few times - for an author/illustrator day at a school in Mid Maine and then last week I shadowed the fabby author Lynn Plourde at my local elementary where she was doing workshops with the kids for two days. Lynn REALLY puts her all into those visits and I can see why she is invited back time and after time ... she is something to aspire to!

Mid month we had a family break to Florida to visit hubby's family. It was lovely to see the sun and swim in the ocean. Still very warm down there.
And not forgetting the Edward Gorey exhibition at the Portland Library, Maine. OMG!! It was wonderful and sparked a need in me to start delving more into Gorey's work. It's hard to admit that I didn't know Gorey's huge body of work till I came to America. I knew his illustrations from old Possum and Hilaire Belloc and Edward Lear's books, but not his prolific talent. What a sad education I had back then! Anyway I am making up for it now. I viewed the exhibition with Maine illustrator/author Jeannie Brett and we had an excellent lunch after. Worth the 4 hour round trip! I leave you with some pics from the exhibition. If you were effected by the Hurricane I hope life returns to normal for you soon. Thanks for visiting with me!

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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.