You may remember that a few weeks ago I posted, in the parlance of after school specials, a "very special blog entry" (see: "Pugs, and a Confession"). In this post, I lamented my writer's block as I was trying to re-work a dummy that I thought I had finished. Well, Hallelujah, I finally had my breakthrough, my Helen Keller moment. W-A-T-E-R! All of the pieces suddenly fit into place! I could see the light through the dark tangle of my story lines! Now I am possessed by a fever to get all of the new sketches done, so I can SEE what is going on in my head. I am also in a fever to pass this version on to my trusty friends & colleagues, to see if it really does make sense or if I have just been in solitary confinement with pigs for too long (too early for Swine Flu jokes?)
Here is a sneak peek at one of the sketches, one that doesn't reveal too much of the story:
There is an interesting blog discussion going on at Firebrand Literary about what motivates authors (and illustrators, I'm extrapolating) to keep working, when there's no guarantee that their work will see the light of day. For me, it's (party) this- the joy of struggling with a story and characters that you've had in mind for weeks (months? years?), and finally having a breakthrough moment, when everything seems clear and all is right in the world.
Until the next round of revisions comes in , of course.