Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hemisphere Wars

My creative beastie is sick and tired of table scraps and wants something substantial to masticate, and is fed up with all of my measly little sewing projects of late. So, my left brain has had to toughen up and put the smack down on its cranial counterpart. My right brain protests vehemently that it is being unfairly stifled, and that structure is so boring! (in that awful high pitched whiny voice that kids are so proficient at). And my poor corpus callosum is stuck in between as the bedraggled referee.
The fact remains however that unless I schedule and organize my sorry tush, I don't get nearly enough (or any, lately) illustration done. So with my dominant hemisphere kicking and screaming, I dutifully cleaned my cluttered house, paid the depressing bills and cracked open my dusty planner and set me some schedule to illustrate more. Nice stiflingly specific goals with deadlines and all. (ok, ok, loose deadlines... right brain put up quite the fight and threatened to strike if things got too stringent)
Soo-o, I'm going to finish (yes, really) the Ted the Hamster book my sister Meg so cleverly wrote and gave to me to illustrate all those eons ago. Its been disgustingly close to completion for way too long. The plan is to print it out myself and hand bind it. It will have both hardback and paperback versions. And I'll be selling them through my decrepit etsy shop. And if my kids have any say in it, a Ted the Hamster plushie may show up there in the future (they really want one, I'm not horribly keen on it, so we'll see). Meanwhile I'll also keep plodding along with my "Cora's Perfect Pet" dummy book in preparation for its sacrificial offering to a endless ocean of potential publishers and multiple rejection letters. Hopefully little and consistent bits at a time will keep both beasties at bay.


  1. Hooray! Good for you: right brains do learn to work with left brains sometimes, to the betterment of all, hopefully.
    And good luck--I can't wait to see things developing. (And I love your commentary, BTW!)
    Mom (not dad)

  2. Cool! We'll be one of your first customers for it-- can't wait!!! And so happy you're getting some great outlet and feedback there... xoxo!

  3. awesome! i need to get my brain sorted out too...
    can't wait to see how it all comes together-- and, it will feel super good to get the one DONE!
    (sign me up to buy one when it's in the shop!)

  4. Scheduling creative time is so hard! I know! But Ted the Hamster is adorable and I think it would thrive as a hand-bound Etsy tome. So glad you've joined our little Wednesday night circle. :)