|Hard at work at the cabin: writing, revising and making a mug!|
In July, Aug. and Sept. these three manuscripts made the rounds between my three critique groups: the Scribes in Springfield, the Bookends in Edwardsville and my Downstate Illustration group. Out of this I have two dummies to shop around. And two manuscripts that need a sprinkling of story glitter: the concepts are solid, I need to make them shine.
|Page from Silly Shapes Dummy|
|Page from What Can A Line Do? Dummy|
Deciding which of my 2019 stories I plan to illustrate is tough. I went with the ones that seemed easy for me, just to get them out the door. A few others I'm still hedging about. How much time can I spend on dummies that may or may not sell?
October was IRC, the Illinois Reading Conference, where once more our SCBWI-IL group "wowed" conference attendees with author & illustrator swag. The entire crew was engaged and more than qualified to reach out to educators and explain how to affordably bring authors or illustrators into their schools. The Illinois outreach, Read Local is building steam. The new posters were a hit.
|SCBWI-IL Authors at the Illinois Reading Conference|
I won a prize at a local gallery for one of my two collage canvases. Both images were created in response to the theme "Dual Natures". I chose to represent my ancestors (the knight and queen) and their descendants (illustrated in the attached mirrors in the backgrounds).
I only got three Inktober sketches done. I always think I can work faster than I actually can. Both Susan, my co-writer for Hidden in Plain Sight: Illinois Petroglyphs & Pictographs for kids and I divided the SCBWI PAL list of publishers and came up with our #1, #2 and #3 lists of publishers to send our book package to.
|Inktober 2019: Mindless|
|Inktober 2019: Ring of Witches|
|Inktober 2019: Bait|
In addition, both Susan and I also have our own manuscripts that need to get out there. After making lists for OUR book, we've each been hammering away at making lists for our other works. I'm hoping some of our manuscripts find editors who love them.