Piccola! I can hardly believe how cute this is. SMALL is now available in Italian! This girl is going places! I am 1/2 Italian and think my Nana Perry and Auntie Louise would have been pretty excited about this.
2. Live Painting with 2nd Graders! I visited my daughter’s classroom this week. They are writing and illustrating their own stories. Their teacher gave them a few ideas about illustration styles they can follow and I got to throw them a colorful wrench with my style. I showed them my messy palette and left them with gouache and brushes to try out. They had great questions, were so well mannered, and I can hardly wait to see what their books look like!
3. Timberlane Literacy Night Next Thursday I will be hanging out with local authors, meeting students, and signing books. I’ve slowed down my event calendar which has made me appreciate every chance I get to meet young readers. I hope to see you there - details, here.
4. Building Stuff This industrious kid will be making her way around to publishers next week in the form of a postcard. It’s November, but it’s the first postcard I’ve sent in a year. Oops! It was a busy year, though!
5. In the beginning I’m working on a new story. I had a flash of inspiration this spring when I was WAY too busy to go off track. But I just couldn’t ignore my excitement so I spent a day noodling around with this idea and built it into a bigger idea. I spent another week or so thinking of a plot whenever I could find a spare minute. I was SO excited about this project! Then, when I finally had time to return to it, it just wasn’t working as a picture book. I was frustrated and grouchy and started sinking into that whole ‘I have no more good ideas, I should quit’ pity party. A few weeks later, I am finally back on track. Do you know how? I sat down and I did the work. <—Those are Julie Falatko’s words. Go follow her daily Instagram stories if you want a solid reminder of how important doing the work is compared to brilliant flashes of inspiration. And go buy her new book, No Boring Stories! out this week.