Hey art peeps! (Warning! this first post is super long, but I think its totally worth the read. Just might take ya 10 minuets though).
I did this piece for "The Moment Before" monthly challenge a few months ago. I've decided to turn it into a Dummy book and eventually a self published kids book using this art as a springboard. My official publication date is a month before Mothers Day next year (April). I will be posting my progress on this thread.
This book idea started when I was at my Freelancers Union meeting last month, and one of my colleges said they loved this piece so much. They wanted to know more about it; they wanted to know the story behind it (and boy is there a story).
Here is the WIP and the story of the art piece above in the link below:
Anyway, so my goal is to have it made into a Dummy book by the 2019 SCBWI Midsouth Fall Conference (Sept 13-15).
Link to conference:
Also! Anyone else planning on going to this one? It would be super cool to meet up for coffee/tea!
Okay back to my master plan. So I have approximately 6ish weeks to get this baby done, and thats not counting the time it will take it to be printed and shipped to yours truly. I'm hoping, that you all will help keep me accountable. Oh! and also offer up any tips and suggestions as this crazy adventure advances.
So more detail on the actual book project. This is based off of a real story in my life. And this is going to be a very emotional difficult project. But I've never felt a passion for a book project like this before either. The WIP link will have a lot of this info in it already, but this book is about me and my mom. My mom passed away 11 years ago this month (July 2019). I was 15 years old. During the time my mom was sick I built this hug rock flower garden. Every spare moment of my time I spent planning, building, planting and tending the garden. It was the place I could hide away and be myself while many people came to visit my mom while she was sick. Often, I would pick my flowers and bring them to my mom. She always loved that. But because she was so sick, she never got to see my garden in person. I was so so proud of my garden, it still hurts to this day that she never got to see it. But in this book project, I'm gonna change that.
A few pics of my garden in its hay day:
Yeah, its pretty great, but since then, I've lost my green thumb, so let me know it you find it.
My goal for this book is to help others (and myself) remember our lost loved ones without the sadness or bitterness that is usually attached to our memories of them after they are gone. I want to be able to remember my mom and smile and not tear up every time. Wow, I just got real personal. Oh well.
I already told all my buddies and family that I would be in a type of hibernation mode these next few months getting this thing done. I've even gone so far as to go part time to my 9-5 job. So life will be interesting for a while.
So yeah, stay tune for more exciting stuff! I hope to post several times a week. Next will be the text and the story board.
Wow! this is a super long post! Maybe I need to get into writing novels instead of kids books.
P. S. Also I apologize in advance for any misspells or grammatical errors. If you spot them in my book project, feel free to let me know. Spelling is kinda my greatest weakness. I'm just happy I wasn't born before spellcheck became a thing.