Meet Douglas. He’s excited to meet you! This bundle of energy may not be the best of flyers, but he loves to clamber all over things…rocks, trees, the couch, you… 😉
The little girl clung tightly to the small creature, his wings folded close against his furry body. His legs dangled loosely down by her legs, but he didn’t seem to mind. He gazed up at her pink, rounded face with the wide-eyed curiosity of a bird as she chattered about lizards and the rough bark on the pine trees that bordered the fenced backyard.
The bag hanging from her shoulder bounced a little against the velvety fuzz of his leg, and he wriggled. Her short arms loosened around his leathery wings, and the bag slid down to her elbow.
“No Douglas,” she said, her lower lip puckered out in a focused frown. “Have to be patient.” She half dragged the creature and bag across the grass until they reached the center of the yard.
The little girl set Douglas down on the grass, and he poked his overlarge head through the crook of her arm as she dug into the bag. She giggled and took out a neon yellow tennis ball. Douglas chirped and hopped up and down on his mismatched feet and winged arms, his long tail bouncing like a tiny red flag behind him.
The little girl’s face lit up in a smile of little pearls, and his eyes followed the ball as she held her hand up. She threw the ball, and he raced after the neon yellow orb like a dog after a squirrel. He was really fast for an animal with wings for front legs. Every time the girl threw the ball he darted after it, using his flag of a tail and an outstretched wing for sharp turns. Again and again she threw the ball, and sometimes he’d catch it in midair with his needle sharp teeth. Then she clapped her hands and screamed with glee, her curled pigtails bouncing.
The next time she threw the ball, it dropped a few feet from her and rolled through the soft ferns and moss. Douglas caught it just before it rolled past a thin pine tree, but dropped it as soon as the little girl reached into her bag again. He scampered to her side just as she pulled out her hand with something in her closed fist. It was small, wrinkly, and looked a little like a stick.
Oh, oh, oh! Douglas chirped and jumped off the ground with his wings into a soaring leap. The little girl squealed in both delight and terror as the outspread wings and sharp little teeth soared up towards her hand, and she tossed the treat quickly towards him. Douglass caught it in midair and landed at her feet with folded wings, swallowing the treat with a quick backwards jab of his head.
The little girl carefully picked up Douglass around his wings and middle, his legs dangling. She left the empty bag laying in the ferns and grass, and a yard full of tennis balls behind them.
Two stories in one month! Well, technically the first was a filler, but I’m glad you enjoyed it. 😀 I hope you enjoy this one just as much. I sure had a chuckle or two writing it! I might need to have three posts this month, because I’m considering a special Christmas/ Holiday Cheer post. Maybe quick sketches, maybe a quick story, we’ll find out! 😛
As far as progress goes…Slow and steady wins the race? 😛
Well, I don’t know about winning, but at least it finishes the race eventually. 😀
Can you spot what’s different?
One more person! And he has a face! Not the best face, by far, but I just can’t draw anything I’m actually happy with, so I guess the only cure is practice and actually continuing on anyway. 🙂
I know it’s small, but in my book any progress is good progress! Especially once I tell you what life’s been tossing my way these days. 😀
- We moved to a new house! Not far from where we were, and it’s not very much bigger than where we were, but it’s still a major upgrade! It’s so much more efficient, and I love love love it. 😀 The kids are just as excited as if we were staying in a hotel. They loooove hotels. 😀
- Say hello to a new babysaurus on the way! The egg will hatch next summer, so I’m still pretty early in the pregnancy, but I’m through the roughest part and feeling good!
With everything so busy with the move, and the unpredictable nature of early pregnancy, what little time I usually carve out for art has been used for much needed naps. I thought carrying my sketchbook with me everywhere I go would at least help in getting a few sketches for Instagram, but if you follow me and haven’t seen anything…clearly that plan didn’t quite pan out.
But…my thoughts are always free even if my hands aren’t (4 little ones y’know 😛 ), and I’ve been thinking on how I can tackle the picture book. Even if progress slows down to ninja snail speed, snails still go a lot faster than rocks, so I’ll be oozing along on this picture book no matter what. 😀
It would be nice to be able to finish something though. It’s great to accomplish tiny micro goals like, complete one more person for the spread, or post a sketch on Instagram. But I’m really getting to a point where I need something that’s officially done, but not something that will take time away from the picture book, because that’ll take even longer to finish. Can’t be doing that now. 🙂
So, here’s what I already have finished on the blog. 🙂
- A lot of fully illustrated critters
- A growing little collection of short stories
So what can I do with these?
Well the critters I can clean up a little more and make more items for Redbubble. I really like my mug and my phone case, and someone actually bought an art bag with Ajax on it! So I’d like to make more of these, even if purely for my own enjoyment and collector’s value. It’s something that I can see and touch and use and say, “I made this” 😀 And I can really enjoy using it because I made it.
The short stories I can clean up, polish, and publish in little collections. Again, it’s something that I can buy, put on my shelf, and say, “I finished this. It’s real” 🙂 Being able to see those books on my shelf would be all the encouragement I need to keep chipping away at the picture book. Plus then I’d have something to start sharing at my library or with people who are interested.
I would include little sketchy illustrations with the short stories. A bit like the sketches I post on Instagram. Perhaps with the color illustration of the featured critter.
I’m on the fence about including a few fast facts about the featured critters in the stories. Perhaps just a quick info page in the back of the book, but I’d like to know what you think about that. 🙂 I’d love to here from you in the comments.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and a special hello to the new faces I’ve met recently, and for you who come back every month. You know who you are. It really means a lot to me to see you here. 🙂
Coming Jan 1st…
This big guy loves to eat and have fun! Even better if he can play a game to win a snack! 🙂