Even when I'm happily lost in working away on things, the siren song of books & bed & cat is always there.
Thank you for the nice words and excitement in the last post re: this longer book. I am busily working on a few projects right now that I love. I can't wait to see how they turn out when they really take shape & become what they're going to become!
Thank you for the nice words & excitement re: the next picture book in the last post. More on that front soon!
While I've been proofing cute bebe feets, I've also been in the midst of editing another book...a longer book. It's a story I'd wanted to write & make real for years and years. I finally wrote it down last Spring, and my editor (who has been an important and dear and close collaborator on all my books) wanted to publish it and now I find myself at the end of a big round of revisions, and so pleased to be there.
It's my first proper novel. Though it is still short by grown up standards, it's quite a bit longer than Oddfellow's, which is really more a series of vignettes.
This one is a fairy tale. And I will give you one hint: it's an expanded version of my favorite fairy tale. Some of you might know what that is, or might be able to hazard a guess.
It is scheduled for publication next year, 2016, and I will share dispatches and other bits as it gets closer!
PS: It will be illustrated! Mostly words, but there will be pictures too
I spent a little bit of my birthday (last Friday - the 13th, and it wasn't filled with bad luck & bad omens, but instead with brunch & cake) looking over the first batch of proofs for my next picture book.
It comes out late this summer...more on that front (and more peeks) soon, soon!
In case you need some cards for your pals & beloveds, you can find the (free!) download link in this post from last year. I probably need to get my own Valentine-y mail out if it's going to get there in time!
I make these combination scrapbooks/sketchbooks for most big projects, and put all my bits of inspiration and reference and ideas inside. Around here they are affectionately known as my "old-fashioned Tumblrs".
This one I made for my next series of work, inspired by Perrault's fairy tales, kimonos, and this quote from Wuthering Heights (it's in a place of importance, taped into the first page). Wild beasts & fair maidens, the best company I can imagine.
I have a handful of big projects I'm working on right now & can't wait to share dispatches as I can!
The Huffington Post recently posted this list of new children's classics and I was so happy when I scrolled down to find Dream Animals on the list. Not only on this lovely list, but alongside some of *my* personal new(ish) favorites, like the achingly lovely How To and the audaciously big & strange & wonderful Once Upon an Alphabet.
The paintings from this series are all framed up & ready to go! They'll go up in the shop on Friday Jan. 16th (this Friday) @ 3 pm Eastern / 12 Pacific.
I get so many emails inquiring about original work, so I try my best to let you know exactly when & where they will be available. You can always check here, or sign up for my mailing list and I'll let you know that way!
I hope your year is off to a nice start! Happy 2015!
One of my favorite things to do is jump in the car & race the sun out to the coast to watch it set. The drive takes you through fields, then forest, then suddenly, you run out of land and you've reached the sea.
Sometimes we bring a sandwich picnic. A few months ago, at the very beginning of fall, we brought donuts from Blue Star. Today we just had thermoses of warm coffee from home (see: thermos selfie).
It was freezing cold, and we just barely made it in time for the most golden part of the golden hour. And now I'm back at home and warm but my toes are still frozen from salt-water creeping into my boots.
I'm always watching for something when I go. Watching the water, like I left my heart out there, sometime, maybe a long time ago. That's what everyone does at the ocean. We're watching and waiting for a monster, or a mermaid, or for something lost to come back.
I went into this with delusions that I'd make a beautiful, heirloom teddy bear -- old-fashioned and soft mohair and shiny glass eyes. But when I set to work, this funny little guy is who I ended up with.
Not exactly the perfect Winnie-the-pooh bear I'd imagined, but a bear nonetheless.
A bear with his own charms & his own striped trousers.
We just returned from London (and a side-trip to Paris) & there are things I want to share from the trip. I also need to finish posting the last few Eleanor pieces.
I'm living honeycrisp apple to honeycrisp apple and the smell of woodsmoke hangs in the air and there are heaps of pumpkins at the grocery store and talk turns to ghosts and baked things and sweaters and the call of the woods gets so loud and around it all, that ambery light.
Is there a more enchanted month than October? The more I'm around, the more I find out that it's nearly everyone's favorite. And it's mine too.
Tin House* is a quarterly literary magazine, a preserve for written things: wildly imagined things, wryly observed things and unclassifiable things, poems and stories and oddities by beginners and big-timers all bumping elbows. Accessible, fresh & a really pleasing size to hold in your hands, they also have some very beautiful covers. I'm happy to be a part of this issue.
I actually have always thought, since my teenage days working at the defunct suburban music chain, Wherehouse Music, that a "standie" (as we called them) was the pinnacle of achievement. Putting together complicated, instructionless cardboard displays, I thought "Only very important things deserve this rigamarole."
Only people like Bob Dylan and Stevie Nicks had standies.
I can't believe that there is a standie to hold the Dream books. Taping the cardboard head back onto Bob Dylan in 2002, I never could've guessed.