This Solstice
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This Solstice

Today was the summer solstice. A year ago today, we had our housewarming party to celebrate moving into our very first house. A week from today I’ll have my fourth chemo treatment (12 more to go after that). Before I’m done with chemo, I’ll have another book out that I’ve illustrated. Soon after I finish … Continue reading

art / criticism / Doctor Who / effort / fear / frustration / mistakes / The Plum Tree

The Bees Are Disappearing!

Whenever someone mentions bees, I want to shout, “The bees are disappearing!” If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you’ll understand. But the point now is that I’m illustrating a children’s book about bees. I’ve never drawn bees before, so this is a challenge. This might sound crazy, but most of the time, I don’t actually … Continue reading

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Kill the Ones They Love

Fans are a mixed blessing. I’ve been reading about True Fans and I’ve been reading commentary by the fans of Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and Torchwood. And it seems there’s a lesson in there about Fan Rage. Fan Rage may be more prevalent in sci-fi and fantasy genres sicne they’re the genres in which fans … Continue reading