I recently started watching five-year-olds at a daycare for 40 hours a week. With pay (not much, but some). It’s not my most favorite job, but it beats working at Walmart, and I can actually use my imagination a little bit. You’d think working with kids would help writing a children’s book. It hasn’t really worked out that way, really. That’s mostly because I I’m so pooped when I get home all I want to do is vegetate. You spend half your time running around the playground as the tickle-monster and the other half trying to get kids to listen. I think the latter is even more exhausting.
So this kid’s book. Yeah. It’s great. Except I need to illustrate it too. That’s half the fun, but it’s also most of the work. And it’s hard to make myself do it because 1.) I lack confidence in my skill and 2.) I constantly worry about layout on the page, colors, drawing style, etc. Two very related things. And are squirrels and raccoons cliched? Yes. Yes they are.
Anyway, I want to start having something to show you on here in the way of drawings once a week. But it’s hard when you’re working with kids for 40 hours, doing an unpaid, long-distance internship with a small, independent publishing house, trying to write the book itself, keeping yourself healthy (or working on it), while continuing to maintain human social functions. So when I do eventually get pictures up, I’m looking forward to your input.