The smell of fresh print…

I can’t really believe I’m holding the book in my hands. It’s been such a wait, the last two weeks palpable.

I still have some tweaks to make to the audiobook — some music to add, some b-roll voices to insert — but it is all well on its way towards completion. My printer got me these advance copies for the Kerrytown Bookfest happening this weekend.

It’s such mixed feeling — I’m exhausted and glad it’s done; but I didn’t really want it to be over. After I finish the audiobook and the endsheet paintings I’ll be moving to finish my late cousin’s novel, and dreaming up the companion novella for Tamaishi, about Naio, the feather. 

Tamaishi at the Kerrytown Bookfest, Sunday, September 9th!

I am pleased to be a part of the SCBWI-MI’s table at the Kerrytown bookfest Saturday, September 9, from 9:30-5. I’ll be at the table from 9:30-12:30.

I’ll be sharing the table with many other talented local Michigan authors and illustrators.

  • Gin Price
  • Wendy BooydeGraaff
  • Heather Meloche
  • Shayma Mustafa
  • Leslie Helakoski
  • Minnie Roberts
  • Elizabeth Weigandt
  • Chris Africa
  • Nancy Shaw
  • Kathryn Madeline Allen
  • Kathleen Vincenz
  • Jeff Jantz
  • Maria Dismondy
  • Nick Adkins
  • Cheri L Hallwood
  • Kevin Dangoor
  • Shutta Crum
  • Patrick Flores-Scott
  • Kristin Lenz
  • Patti (and Gene) Richards
  • Jean Alicia Elster
  • Bobbie Tallon
  • Fatma Anwer Al Lawati
  • Jodi McKay

Editing.

I will eventually hit a point where I feel I’ve done enough, but I did this with Zōsan as well. Every time I read the text, I find ways to improve it. Every time I go off and read something new (I’ve been diving into a few chapters of Neil Gaiman over the past few weeks) I see my writing a little differently.

I’ll get to the point where I like even more, and by then it’ll be high time to send it off to printing. I went through the same thing with the illustrations over the past weeks. They are much better for it. But there is a point where I have to let it go.

Not much longer.

Endsheets Complete!

 

It was both a blessing and curse to find out that Procreate keeps track of how long I’ve been working on illustrations. I average about 8 hours on the larger ones. Endsheet #2 took over 12 hours. That’s real time, pen in hand.

These days, I don’t have hours at a time to really work, so I’ve been making the time. 10 minutes here. 30 minutes there. It works because I get tired out when it comes to adding the tonality — I start rushing and it shows. It’s better that I work in smaller stints an take a break.

Two Color

These illustrations will be printed letterpress 12″ x 8″ in 2-color, for a limited run. 5 casebound books will have them, and the rest I’ll keep for later.  They’ve ended up being two of my favorites — demonstrating an evolution of all the best parts of the other works.

 

The Characters of Tamaishi: Tama

Tama is a tiny, round pebble. He’s full of hope and optimism, and almost always sees the bright side of things. His curiosity and fear often argue in his head, making him insatiably curious, but it sometimes gets him into trouble.

As the main character in Tama, the entire story centers around his journey across the valley as he learns there is more to himself and others than he thought.

He most certainly has a melancholy side, but all his friends, the grass in the valley always by his side, he never feels truly alone.