I have had a little hiccup (hiccough is awful, ok?) in my picturebook. Not really a hiccup, but some really excellent advice which has stopped me in my tracks and made me wonder how on earth I am going to solve this! I have been pondering and worrying and frowning and then, finally today, I have a couple of hours to sit down. Procrastination is perpetuated and fought herewith: I’m writing a blog post, drinking a cup of tea and trying to ignore my mother’s texts. But, as I do so and as I get out my treasured pencil, sharpener and sketchbooks, it occurs to me, that the only way around this problem is to sit down and DO the work. Just like beautiful Benedict told us to, via Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse: JUST! DO!
Tap, tap, tap, click. Squint. Scrub-scrub-scrub, click… sigh… pause… These are the sounds accompanying my precious work hours and every spare minute I have as I slowly, yet urgently work my way towards sending my first picturebook to a Power That Bes (Be’s?). A ‘Power that Be’s’ is one of those publishing people who will spend a good *insert whatever amount of time here*, having a look and deciding its fate. No pressure, Zo. Fingers crossed.
Do you know the feeling? It’s a mix of fear, satisfaction, urgency (time allows Mondays and when the baby sleeps on a Friday), pleasure and physical pain as I uncurl my frame from a now-unfamiliar posture at a computer! I’M LOVING IT! I have been reading blogs, following excellent women authors, watching instructional videos, showing my people when I need flattering, attending a writers’ group, and working working working. Oh, how I cherish my time now. Oh how the days of procrastination seem like a distant memory — days when I would ‘research’ for hours, pitter around my desk and wade through my excellent book collection (thank you excellent bookstore job where I’d spend most of my wage before I even made it home).
Work in general, is harder now. It is slower, but more focused. I have more drive. And a hunger for success that I haven’t felt in a very long time. I am on another steep learning curve (my favourite curve of all!). Fingers crossed this little book finds its way into bookstores one day, and into the homes of little kids whose parents love to read to them. And fingers crossed I have more than one in me.
Here’s a list of some of the excellent people I have come into contact with so far. Check out their books, blogs, videos, websites etc.