It really hurts to pack my books away. I dream of August or September when I hope to be in a new house. Make it my home. And put all these books back on a shelf.
And then I hope, a new scene (maybe Boston, hope I have not jinxed my future by saying it out loud) means a new thought process and all these hidden projects sitting on my shelves will come to life. I have wanted to write children’s books for quite some time. My favorite children’s illustrator/author is Lois Ehlert. I love her folk art style and the color that embellishes her pages. The simple stories she writes captures a child’s imagination. And mine. (Some day I hope I can organize my collections as she has done below.)
That really could be me pictured in her book. I spent every summer riding my bike to the library. I would come home with a pile of books, weighing more than I did, and would sit in my tent in the backyard, reading and dreaming of the world. To this day, I still have no clue what life means, other than love is precious and relationships are what keeps us from falling too deep into despair. Oh! if I only practiced my wisdom. I often find myself sheltering from the world still…. hidden in my writing room dreaming of possibilities.
The above illustration is quite helpful to me. To plan the whole book at once… ah! makes so much sense! This will take a whole lot of discipline on my part, as I often write everything without planning. My learning to become more intentional in creative habits, will be a positive step in my growth as an artist. (I said it! Am i?)
Although, I do need a sense of mindless space to generate ideas but then will utilize her method to organize my chaos. 🙂
If you have children in your life, I recommend this book highly. She had an exhibit at the Milwaukee Museum of Art a while back and I was able to purchase it there. I am sure it is available on Amazon if you are interested.
Happy writing, Jeanne