Look what Scholastic made!
Cool! Please feel free to circulate and repost :-)
Also, at last, a sneak peek at Jim's finished art for the book! We're only allowed to show a tiny portion and it's really hard to choose which pages, but here are a few. From the first story, "Goblin Fruit," which is an homage to Christina Rossetti's truly bizarre and delectable 1859 poem, "Goblin Market". The title page:
Hm. What are those girls looking at? Maybe this ...
From "Spicy Little Curses Such As These," which is set in India in 1918:
And lastly, from "Hatchling," which is the third and longest tale. Wish I could show more!
So there you have it, the sneak peek. I can't wait for the real book to be out there for you to see and hold. It's so pretty! And then, of course, I'm eager for people to read it too!
As for writing, yes, it is happening! Yesterday while Clementine slept in her swing, I wrote a chapter. An entire chapter of over 2000 words. Yay! The day before was about a thousand, and it was kind of like pulling teeth, but then yesterday it unexpectedly got fun. I love it when that happens. Being the uptight perfectionist I am, it's not all that often that I can just *story-tell* for the pure fun of seeing what unfolds. I'm too self-critical for that. But I'm on an ongoing life quest to achieve that state of pure storytelling pleasure (the editing can come later!), and sometimes it happens. I have this fantasy that by my tenth or fifteenth book I'll somehow have gained Jedi mastery over my brain and I'll be able to . . . just write. You know, without all the crazy, the obsessing, the worrying whether it's perfect. My brain and I are still ironing out our relationship, ha ha.
Not sure how today is going to go, writing-wise. Today Clementine does not appear to be the least bit sleepy :-)