Second edition in the works…

It’s been three years, and I’m down to a couple dozen copies of Tamaishi. It’s been two years since I did any in person events, but I sold a fair number of books recent weeks. I started considering a reprint.

Live and Learn

Looking back at the book, it’s clear there is room for improvement. I still love Tamaishi and its core story and characters, but I learned a lot from Where All the Little Things Live, from the illustrations, to the typesetting and words.

So rather than just hit go, I’m revising everything for the second edition.

Revise, not redo

This is not a complete overhaul. I’m looking at it with fresh, critical and constructive eyes. I’ve already revised some passages to be more show and less tell. It’s remarkable how much I didn’t see back then. Meanwhile, I’ve been updating some of the line work and spot channel colors and it adds more depth and subtlety to the illustrations.

It’s about process

It’s true I could move on and write another book. I still want to do that, but both Tamaishi and Zōsan were all part of the broader, slower process: each one helped me learn something new about writing, illustrating, layout, and recording/producing. Indeed, I don’t think I could have finished Where All the Little Things Live, a book and audiobook twice the size of Tamaishi, without these other two books as incremental steps. Looking back at it, it all makes sense.

And at the time, I rushed through some things, in part because I wasn’t exactly sure how to realize what I wanted, but also because I just wanted to finish it. Both books were an exhausting undertaking, and it was an achievement to have gotten it done in the first place.

I see this as just one more step, and I don’t see this kind of f revision as unprecedented. Think of it as a “director’s cut”.

Looking forward to sharing this with everyone when it’s ready. I plan on being close to press by early 2022. Stay tuned!

Storytime

First classroom reading. Contemplating more. I can fold origami with older kids, talk about the process of artwork, and play portions of the audiobook.

It was a little scary at first but the kids listen more intently than I first thought they would. And they loved to talk about what they like to draw or what they like to write.

My last job — 12 years ago almost — was one that I cherished. I saw the lives of kids transformed by writing and art. It was very fulfilling. This small 20 minutes tapped back into that.

I have always been pretty clear about my vision for doing this: it’s legacy, lessons for my boys encoded in an artifact for them to keep. It’s messages of hope and inspiration for them and anyone who reads them. Stories of curiosity and wonder, and a reminder that it’s never too late to chase your dreams. I saw that light in these kids’ eyes as they listened and laughed.

Upcoming Events

Indie Reads TV: Episode 20!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

I’ll be taping an interview with Diana Kathryn Plopa, talking about Tamaishi, and the follow up book, Where All the Little Things Live.

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Buy Michigan Now Festival

Sunday, August 4, 2019
10a – 1:30p

I’ll be part of the Michigan Author tent sponsored by LivnFresh

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Christmas in Clawson

Saturday, November 9, 2019
All Day
Clawson High School

For the third year running, I’ll be participating in the Christmas in Clawson craft show. This is an awesome event. Kid friendly, tons of crafts and things for the holidays!

Books & Authors @ Leon & Lulu

Sunday, March 24, 2019

10a – 5p

Leon & Lulu
96 W. 14 Mile, Clawson, MI 48017


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Brighton District Library Local Author Fair

Sunday April 14, 2019

2p – 4p

Brighton District Library

100 Library Drive, Brighton, MI 48116

Save the Date: October 28 and November 10, 2018

Come out to two upcoming events for the official launch of my new book, Tamaishi!

Sunday, October 28 
Leon and Lulu Books and Author Fair,
96 w. 14 Mile Clawson, MI 48017

Leon and Lulu is Metro Detroit’s Award winning lifestyle retail store. Come check out Tamaishi and other in this wonderful former skating rink!

Saturday, November 10
Christmas in Clawson
Clawson High School
101 John M Ave, Clawson, MI  48017

Christmas in Clawson is a huge crafters fair in the high school. With over 160 artists, food,  raffles and baked goods! I’ll have books, prints and more!

Tamaishi Sampler!

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.

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