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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Authors and Illustrators

Working on a book is hard work, we all know that. I have worked on my share of works in process; so far none of which has seen the light of day. Well, they have, but they haven't gotten past the the agent test. Don't worry, I'm still working on changing that.





What I find fascinating is not only the hard work that goes into these works, but the illustrations as well. For example, check out the picture above. I have this rough draft of the cover of Charlotte's Web. Ever wonder how many different covers were tried before they decided on one?

I've always loved looking at the pictures of the young reader chapter books where they have a small picture to help sum up the the chapter next to the title . Whoever thought of that idea? I love it.



 But what puzzles me more was how many hours and rewrites did it take to get the right title for the chapter and the right illustration? I'm guess a few dozen. It must have been so hard to decide.

Then there are picture books. There are so many authors out there who haven't even met the person who is working on the illustration for their books. Think about it, doesn't it boggle your mind to know that someone else is taking your baby and giving it a new life in pictures? As an author it must be so exciting to see your characters take on life like that? I'd love to know what that feels like.

Now authors who are illustrators as well are just too talented for me. I mean have you ever looked at the cover of a book to see that the author and illustrator are the same person? Next time look. Not as many as those with different author and illustrators on them. I say hat's off to them, now that is talent. One I will not ever posses, but I have great respect for. Thank you.

One of my favorites which incredible illustrations is:


MISS FIONA'S STUPENDOUS PUMPKIN PIES, by
  • AUTHOR: Mark Kimball Moulton
  • ILLUSTRATOR: Karen Hillard Crouch

If you have never read this book and looked at the illustrations why have to get yourself a copy.

Another of my favorites is: 

BUSTER, by
Author:  Denise Fleming
Illustrator: Denis Fleming

She is a perfect example of an author who writes as well has designs her own illustrations.  

Tell me some of your favorites so I can go check them out! 





Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tell me a Story


I love this picture because there are so many thing you can write about. I have mine below. It's kind of somber, and might need some more work to touch it up, but I like it and I hope you do too.


I close my eyes
And take a breath
But still I feel the pain in my chest.
I wrap my arms around myself
And tears drip down
My face is wet.

I long to sing of better days.
And hear the soft sweat sound of success.
I know its near, it's within reach.
I just can't see it, through the tears.

I try to fight, I hold on tight.
I grip and claw my way once more
I can not stop I must go on.
Though the pain is heavy and my heart is sore.

I close my eyes
And take a breath
But still I feel the pain in my chest.
I wrap my arms around myself
And open my eyes to see what's left.

Over the mountain the sky is blue.
The clouds are white, and birds fly too
But still by my the sky is dark
And there are no birds at play in my park.

I must get over that mountain of pain
and feel the healing of the rain.
I'll grip and claw my way once more,
I won't give up until I soar!