"Franklin P. Rabbit" - mixed media on aquabord, 20" x 16". Available here and at Artfinder.
If you've been following my dizzying summer, you know I am t-minus one week until spine surgery. And I am completely terrified. Thank goodness there are literally eight million things on my to-do list to keep my monkey mind from spinning. Painting, of course, but also preparing our home for a little recovery time and making lots of soup and soft foods (which the doc says I will want, but I wish he had prescribed cake and donuts instead).
But twinkling and humming beneath it all is a heartfelt, casebound, full color illustrated book of charming magic and twisting tales called The Storyteller's Apprentice which is just weeks from landing on my doorstep.
Publishing a book is like birthing a baby...if you are an elephant with a long, LONG gestation. Years go by while creators create quietly in their writing nooks and painting studios. If you are lucky, a publisher will raise an eyebrow and express interest once you tiptoe into the world of asking to go to print. EEK! It is like asking to be mowed down by a hundred thousand NOs before that soft well maybe. We were some of the lucky ones who received a whispered yes.
And that is when the next marathon begins. Editing, tweaking, rewrites, repaints, ranting and hair-pulling and stomping of feet. One day, the editor says "hey - it's time to print this thing" and you fling yourself onto the sofa for a week-long binge of HGTV and chocolate and, well, maybe a glass (or vat) of wine. Until the reality of um, well marketing sets in.
And then the editor shows you a proof of some of the book pages...and it is like seeing an ultrasound of the baby elephant. Suddenly you forget all the years and hair-loss and days of dragging butt. Your eyes light up and get misty and you're all "oh my goodness OH MY GOODNESS" and feeling like the luckiest human on earth.
I know, I know. The diaper stage of a baby elephant is nearly here. Once this baby is born there will likely be less sleep, piles of stinky poo and a whole lot of crying. But right now all I can say is "isn't she CUTE???????"
Pre-orders for The Storyteller's Apprentice begin August 1, with shipping in early September. Follow the book on Facebook and like our giant baby on Twitter.