Meet Cassie. All she wants in life is to get her feet wet, and perhaps a fish or two. Yes, she would really like fish. Do you have some?
Pretty please with cherries on top?
Can’t fool her, she knows I brought some of those little dried fishy treats. Look at that face, she might even snuggle for some.
But please don’t Cassie. Down girl. Thank you. I don’t really want to smell like river mud at the moment.
Have a treat!
I’m sure you must be wondering what she is…
She is a small mammal from the middle of Jurassic China, just a bit smaller than a modern platypus. She has a lot in common with platypus, such as a love for water, strong digging paws, a thick fur pelt, and probably even laid eggs like a platypus (though it’s tough to know for sure with the fossils we have).
But she’s not actually related to platypus, beavers, or any modern mammal. She is from an extinct group of mammals called docodonta.
Wow, what a week! Real life is making sure things stay interesting, but I managed to make some progress in spite of the doctor’s appointments and my chickens trying to kill me. 😛
Interesting story there actually. My chickens love styrofoam. They’ll eat it like candy if you let them, even if I toss out extra scratch grains and leftovers for them. They’re having quite the treat with the insulation we used to wrap the pipes.
Well Monday I saw the chickens pecking at the stuff, and I stormed outside to chase them off of it…and next thing I know I hear a nasty pop and I’m on the ground. Luckily the ground was soft from all the drizzle we’ve been having, so the fall wasn’t bad- I basically collapsed where I stood, so Baby was fine. My ankle felt like it was on fire, but I could wiggle my toes, so I knew it wasn’t broken.
So that little fiasco has made walking an interesting challenge, but I have 3 little helpers who’ve been very cooperative while Mommy’s ankle gets better. So I’m grateful that it was just twisted and is quickly on the mend. 🙂
So that’s been the most exciting thing to happen all week. In between the more boring busy-ness I’ve been making good progress with preparations for February.
From concept art you get to thumbnailing story ideas and illustrations, exploring the characters, doing research, and all that sort of messy stuff before getting the “official” storyboard done.
Coming Next Week…
A real sweetie who’ll tolerate just about anything, even dress up. Just be careful not to spook her. 🙂