Today is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which happens to be one of my favorite books. I also adore the 2005 film adaptation starring Keira Knightley. My husband on the other hand hates it. So when he’s getting on my nerves, I put the movie in to let him know he’s in the dog house. At one point, the disc was magically scratched up and my poor puppy Loki was blamed.
One of my favorite things to see on the blogs of artists is their messy studios. I like to see that I’m not the only one who makes a mess as I work on a project. Kelly Rae Roberts is one of my favorite artists, and she is such an inspiration. I really enjoy her series Art In Motion, where she shares the visual journey through the life of one of her paintings — from the blank canvas, to the first splash of inspiration, all the way to the finished piece.
Today we had loads of fun playing with the ShopKick app and taking Amelia about town with us. Right now, we have a fussy girl, but it seems the swing we bought today is calming her down…cross your heart and kiss you elbow that something works soon, her little tears break my heart.
I’ve had this idea for a children’s book in my head for years, and one night this idea wouldn’t let me sleep. I ended up scribbling in a notebook I kept near my bed, with no light and no glasses; then promptly fell back to sleep. The whole thing felt like a dream, and the scribbles in my notebook looked like ancient hieroglyphs in the morning. I was able to decipher some, but I knew I was missing a huge chunk of my wonderful idea in the chicken scratch. I tried to remember what woke me up in the first place, but all I could think of was looking through the windows of houses at night from the street.
I had no idea how to go about writing a book, but the idea was haunting me. I did some research and purchased a ‘how to’ on writing and illustrating a children’s book. I dove right into the book on writing, and I started thinking of my story in terms of pages (32 is the magic number). As a visual person, each page helped me flesh out my story and it started to evolve into something real. I continued to read through the chapters in my ‘how to’ book, and suddenly all my progress halted…character study…
Now I find myself with too many thoughts, yet nothing to put on paper. Writers block. As I sit here and write this, I realize my mistake was taking my ‘how to’ book so seriously and loosing sight of how I normally work; which is backwards and hardly ever following the rules.
I know this is only the beginning, and I have many more pages to write (and illustrate). I’ve somehow come up with the perfect ending in the middle of my story. Now my quest is figuring out how to get there…