1. Erin's farmer tanline (exaggerated. Plus it's on a dude.) / 2. Lesli's (old) fear of jackalopes / 3. Katie and Stancy's website (designing) / 4. grandma garbs I wore in college, which just so happened to also be seen on a sweet elderly woman at Fareway. / 4. Twin Peaks & Chipper Things / 6. Laine's boots, of course.
I try my best to take a full day off every week. I really do. There are a million reasons for this and life is always better when the schedule fits around Sunday vs. into Sunday.
This week was different. I was not into it. Didn't want to work on the book. Had to, but didn't want to. I got off to a late start (holiday, friend in town, shotty internet), so when I could work I was overwhelmed and didn't get a personal day.
I feel no shame in divulging this information because with any big project (no matter how much you want to do it), there are going to be those days when working feels a little less natural. Despite my baditude, I produced the best batch of 10 this book has seen. Every round is better than the last. What does that say for the first ten (peppered throughout)? Those are the troublemakers that I don't have the energy to control. "Ice cream for breakfast. Cut your own hair. Draw on your teeth. As long as Editor and Agent say it's fine, I don't care what you do," is how I parent those drawings... I wish.
The reality is that I deeply care about this book turning out to be [hopefully] [much] better than average. I don't know if this blog is where I'm supposed to butter it up and sell sell sell, or if I can be honest along the way? Oh yes, I will go with the honesty. I want the designers and illustrators I admire to not only approve, but not be opposed to going out of their way to share it with someone else. I also want 15-year-olds to laugh as they flip through, but walk away with a gust of empowerment. I want that more than the former, but I really want both.