Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Random Ramblings and Muddy Monsters

Okay, so I am going to send in my revisions tomorrow. 


Thanks to all my cyber critiquers (as well as my in person critiquer, Katie).  Whatever happens, this whole process has made my manuscript and illustrations SO MUCH BETTER.  

And, now I feel like I can come up for air.  

Kind of. 

 I still need to totally revamp my website and get kickin' on my middle grade.  Oh, and did I mention that my children are here, there, and everywhere?  It is a desperate clutch for time around here, and I'm learning how to be "on" for fifteen minute blocks--jumps and snorts, basically.  

My older girls have been at camp this week, so Julia and I are home.  Just the two of us.  All day.  Every day.  And, she's five.  And, really doesn't like to be alone.  Yesterday, we both worked on illustrations for my book together.  


I think I'll frame hers.

Last night, I worked on one of my illustrations, and the monster in the picture kept turning into a muddy orange mess.  I finally fixed him, but Corey Schwartz pointed out that my facebook update which said something about "making muddy monsters" sounded like a great picture book.  Hmmm.

And, Christy . . . guess what I scored today.  

Give up?  Tickets to see David Sedaris.  He's going to be here in October, and I got an extra ticket (on the fifth row!) if you want to hitchhike down here and join me!

How's that for a brain-fried post?  Yum.  Fried . . . pickles anyone?



Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, now I don't have to blog about what a spectacular artist you are, because everyone can see for themselves!

Katie said...

You're not kidding Corey! I was BLOWN AWAY when I saw the finished sketches and I see her stuff all the time.

This is an incredible work of art SF! I am so proud of you!!!

(and Lindsey leaned over and said, "WHOA! Those are awesome!)

Lisa and Laura said...

SF - That sketch is precious! I can't wait until I can buy my kids a copy of one of your books. I'm so impressed!

Ooh, and so jealous of the David Sedaris tix. His books make me laugh so hard that I cry.

ElanaJ said...

What great art! Mine looks like your daughter's. No, really. :)

Little Ms J said...

You, my dear, are art in a box. I love your illustrations and can't wait for my signed copy of your picture book. B-E-A-utiful.

Love David Sedaris. I drove to Tucson (7+ hours) to see him a couple years ago, but I had seats in the 75th row and the line was out the building for autographs. Poop.

Fried pickles, please. Do you think they'd survive Fed Ex?

Jeannie Campbell said...

i was blown away, too! sf - your art is amazing! my mouth dropped open, no joke.

hopefully i'll get to meet you sometime soon! katie and i ran into each other at mca's...

Hardygirl said...

Aw, thanks everybody. Really--just what I need to hear before I take a deep breath and put that big fat envelope in the mail.

Miss J--do they sell Zapps potato chips where you live? Their dill pickle flavored ones come awfully close.

Jeannie--we'll just have to make a date to meet.


Christy Raedeke said...

LOVING your illustrations! Cannot wait to see them (and YOU) in LA.

And seriously, I might just take you up on the Sedaris ticket - I saw him here a few years ago and was tickled pink by all his OCD tics and mannerisms. I've never laughed harder.

Colorado Writer said...

So excited for you! Go book Go!

Um jealous about the Sedaris tix. I love his writing.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Oh My Gosh, SF!!!!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your artwork!!!! You are extraordinarily talented, girl! I am so hoping that this is it for you!!! (btw--where is it going? Agent or editor???)

Hardygirl said...


Kimberley--this is going to an agent. The project is in much better shape after this round of revisions (thanks to you and others!). So, even if she isn't interested, I feel much better about sending it out in its current form!

And, thanks Steph. Sedaris is great. I saw him a couple of years ago in Memphis. Amazing for people to be lining up for blocks to hear an essayist speak!!! Especially one who basically became famous from his NPR interviews. Love it!!!

Shelli said...

Girl - I LOVE your art! Good luck! fingers crossed. when you resending?

Irene Latham said...

SF, I am totally smitten with that little dark haired girl and her kitty cat. LOVE.

cristen said...

i had no idea Sedaris was even coming here, durnit. wonder if i can still get a ticket. love the illus! i have been wondering what you meant on facebook about being at fido--now i know. we went there once a couple of yrs ago, and it was great.

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