As a followup to my bit of a teaser yesterday about that kid’s book I’ve been working on, I thought I would share a few of the draft pages and some of the background story. It goes something like this…
See, occasionally you get struck by a burst of creative energy. I won’t claim it’s some kind of mystical thing or cosmic force. It’s just that the neurons are aligned properly one morning, the caffeine level is just perfect, there are enough extra minutes in the day and the lack of stresses or brain-numbing creative inhibitors are allowing things to process a little more smoothly than usual.
These things gush out in waves.
You get a little idea, you sit down, and you write.
I was having a good day a couple years ago, and not much was going on: life was slow, time was plenty, and a little rhyming poem about a bee popped into my head. Silly, yes. But at the time, Claire was about four and we were reading a lot of kid-books and listening to a lot of kid music and watching a lot of kid television and… well.. you’re brain gets into a space and does things while you’re not paying attention.
Mostly we just ignore it, but occasionally you take the time to get it out on paper.
Thirty verses of a rhyming poem later, I had a cute little story about a Bee… named Baylee… with a very trivial little “ugly ducking” type problem.
At the time I’d abandoned some other more “grown up” comic-book efforts I’d been poking at, and was itching for an “artsy” project to hone my Inkscape chops: vector art and cartoon-esque images. Everything just fell into place.
So, as I’ve implied: the whole story is written (drafted out in completion in about an hour of focused effort), revised a couple times, kid-tested on a few kids over the course of the last couple years, and ready to illustrate. The illustrations are about half done: I’ve got 17 pages out of 32 in the hopper, some minor tweaking required, but basically ready to build into a digital book of some kind.
More work over the next month, to be sure… but the plan is to finish it. Soon. So, now you know.