First I want to thank Joan for awarding me back, and Tom Barrett for awarding me the Brillante Weblog Award! It means a lot to me!
I also want to say thanks to all of you who left me such nice messages and well wishes about my accident and rather rough July. You also deserve this award (created by Andi Butler):
I do have to say that I try to see the good and expect a good outcome in tough situations. I am now searching for a new car. I feel fortunate that I was not horribly hurt in the accident. And my CR-V was 10 yrs old......so now I am looking for something new and actually sort of excited about it. Hopefully I won't have to look for another one for another 10 years. : )
AND, I also found out that I can post a little about the book I am illustrating with Soundprints for the Smithsonian Institution. I will not be able to reveal much, but I am allowed to tell you that it is a book about little black ants. The illustrations will be more on the realistic side. Some of you may remember that I also do what I refer to as "soft realistic" illustrations, mostly for educational publications for middle grade children. In fact, I just recently added a section on my website for my realistic portfolio.
I will be able to post the final book cover layout once I have illustrated it, but will not be able to reveal anything else until the book is published. The book is scheduled for release in Spring 2009.
With all that has been going on in my life and with this new project underway, I have not really drawn anything new to post. I am still planning to open my online shop in the near future (I just bought the printer but have not tested it yet), and will also have some more interesting news in August. And for all of you who have been enjoying my articles for the SCBWI Prairie Wind online newsletter, I will be writing another one very soon!! I think I will write about how to survive a creative slump. We all have those, right?