And away they go!

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It was finally time to send these little monsters off into the world. I submitted my first dummy this week. I know it's the first of many. It'll be hard to switch gears and get those next projects in motion. I had to take a little moment here to celebrate their departure. I've put three years of love and time into this, and I am proud of finishing a task that seemed to insurmountable at times. Is this the end of the road for them? Of course not. I'm well versed in rewriting, resketching, and repainting by now. But it's a big step.

Other things are going on too. I'm waiting on a manuscript for an ed book to illustrate. That'll eat up much of the summer. I'll be taking a fun road trip up to Portland, Maine next week to see The Sketchbook Project. I'll keep writing for the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge - I'll be halfway there once I get through the kinks in June's first draft. I'll be starting a new dummy. I'm not sure which one to switch to next. I think it'll be a little novelty board book that I wrote at the very beginning of the year. Not that I think it'll be ANY less challenging than my picture book dummy, but a very different feel to it.

So farewell my little monsters. I hope the world is kind to you.

21 Day Intermission, but here's my postcard

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I'm taking a break from the 21 Day exercise to get ready for the NESCBWI conference. I'll have plenty of postcards to share if you bump into me! I'll be sending these out in the next week or two. If you hadn't guessed already, these guys are from my picture book dummy that I'll be showing at the conference. Good luck to everyone attending (and/or presenting - you know who you are!)

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Aha!

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After yesterday's rant on the PBJunkies blog, I combined good advice from friends (Thank you Laura Zarrin and Alicia Padron!) and stubborness and finished off my first dummy painting. Hooray!

I ditched the idea of doing the 'collage/assembly' bit digitally. My scanner and tablet stink, and it felt like I was climbing a mountain of slush (much like our NH weather this week!).

Will I change my mind again about this process? Maybe.

Am I REALLY done. Nope. Now I have to figure out how to photograph my work, ieee!

But is it progress? Yes. I think I'm on the right path. I like how things look. I'm moving forward. On to the next piece!