I haven’t posted for a few weeks.
It’s been a difficult time with work and… all that jazz. The upshot is that I have found myself not quite able to write.
I think that happens for folks – or certainly for me. It’s not ideal, but if you have to spend all your emotional energy on other stuff then creative things can fall to the wayside. Not because you want them to. Not because you aren’t bothered. You just don’t have any more to give.
I’m making myself write this now. It’s hard. Writing when you feel empty inside. Like searching for water in the desert.
That was cheery.
Despite this I have been plugging away on my picture book, Scribble Explores the World.
It had already been written so I haven’t had to be ‘creative’ as such. I just needed to get the formatting and layout right. That might not sound like much, and it isn’t particularly demanding to the creative juices or the brain-machine. But it is time consuming.
So time consuming.
I received the first proof of my book yesterday.
This was one of those really brilliant moments when you feel like a kid at Christmas.
The proof was good, but I felt it could be a little better, so I made a few little tweaks and then – late last night – I approved publication.
Just like that.
Now I need to wait for the final checks which shouldn’t take more than a few days.
And then… then my first picture book will be available and – hopefully – just before Christmas!
So if you know any 2-5 year-olds and have room in your budget to get them another little gift (for £6.99), please consider Scribble Explores the World 🙂