At long last, all eleven chapters are laid out, which means I can put forth a sampler of the audiobook. It’s not done yet, but at this point I am tweaking levels and panning and timing over the rest of September.
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.
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
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.
Tonight’s feature is the illustration on page 56, Mushrooms.
For a while, I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was wrong with my initial illustration for Page 58, “Underground”.
I got caught up in the crowdfunding and left it behind for a while. When I came back, it struck me.
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.
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.
24,878 strokes over 9h 14m