My abecedarian children’s picture book has been accepted for publication. I had great fun both writing and illustrating it as Feline Steward. Below are two of my drawings included in the interior, and here’s my ‘Author’s Note’ (which in this case serves as a longer synopsis):
As a fan of abecedarian books, I thought it would be challenging fun to attempt one myself—and make it loosely rhyme and employ alliteration at times. So, I chose 26 primary activities/items (each one representing a letter of the alphabet) for Anubis, the kitty, to engage in daily to keep him both happy and healthy as a kitty who enjoys hours of indoor play daily along with safe and structured outdoor play.It can be considered a complex, though delightful, environment which the kitty maneuvers in and out of in an efficient way without equipment assisting him—therefore, it’s a sort of ‘kitty parkour.’ Plus, I have included vocabulary that will challenge children to learn and hopefully not be intimidated by both ‘big words’ and whimsical made-up words.I don’t subscribe to the notion of ‘dumbing things down’ for children’s sake. Indeed, it’s for children’s sake that I have not ‘dummied’ our beautiful language down. Finally, Anubis’s house (including grounds) is a palace in the sense that he’s an exalted cat living in his idea of a splendid abode.
***I also had great fun placing ‘easter eggs’ throughout the book, so when it’s published, let me know if you’ve spotted them.
Goddess Be with Ye, 2016! (A year of challenges with lots of brilliant artists of many kinds passing, et cetera. Yet, it was also a year of wonderful new beginnings for me~~~)
Hel-o, 2017! (Speaking of Goddesses, I have been fond of the Norse Hel for some time) So looking forward to you, New Year~~~
***I have titled this piece I painted “Bridged.” It is symbolic of bridging the old year with the new, etc.~~~
***2017 is also the year that my fun-filled ‘gap years’ come to a close, as I am excited to be inspired again creatively, so 2017 will (hopefully) be the year that the fictional world inside my head is successfully bridged by real world publication again.
***In addition, there are also plenty of hilarious high jinks already ensuing with me playing around on the illustrating side of things thanks to my new iPad Pro (I so dig it!)