In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
I think the biggest obstacle for me as a writer has been the fear of writing junk. I’ve learned that it’s okay to write junk! Every piece of literature started off as junk! (Okay,… maybe not every piece… but most, I suspect!) If I push through this fear, I’m left with a draft that I can work with. Sometimes, the junk needs to be trashed,… and other times, the trash can be made into treasure. Be fearless. GO WRITE!
People often ask me, “When do you sleep?” when they discover how much I’ve published, and continue to publish. People get the impression I work ’round the clock! Actually, I don’t. Not even close. I work fast—very fast, if an idea is approved by an editor. I’ve finished the final artwork and text for board books within 2 weeks (after approvals), and picture books within 6 weeks. When I am inspired, development and production of that idea happens swiftly! But there’s a lot of down-time in between projects where nothing happens. Nothing on paper, anyway. I’m not rushing, or typing away on my computer, or buried in research. I like to browse at bookstores, think quietly in libraries, play online games, jot down ideas at cafes, and take it easy. In fact, sometimes I think I’m quite lazy! But being an author/illustrator doesn’t mean we can be productive all of the time. The time to relax, taking it slow, and thinking in unstructured ways are part of the process and help to inspire us—and then the frenzied work comes!
Why yes, yes I do! There’s a space beneath the stairs of my house that my husband found behind the wall of my studio. He cut into the wall, and laid down some carpeting, so I can store my miscellaneous things inside. He then made a little door for me to access it. What’s inside, you ask? Lots of clutter, but necessary and important clutter! This includes; unsold book dummies, wrapping paper, various fabrics and materials used for old novelty book dummies, Penguin and Pinecone (the play) costumes and props, school visit props, shipping materials, and more! There’s also little treasures my kids have left behind… like a lego-made Penguin, wearing an orange scarf hand knitted by my mother.
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