I’m so proud and excited of the children’s books my publisher has written and I’ve illustrated. See! They books are here at Plum Tree Books. Plum Tree also published cards with my art!
If you know anyone (or school, organization, and such) that might like unique children’s books, please help us spread the word. And if you’ve got ideas about how to get these books to more people, let me know. Books need love!
I’ll illustrate another book too–about bees! Bees! Bees are awesome and very important.
So, I’m happy about these books. I’m happy that Plum Tree Books will publish my novel, The Blue Jar, in October. I’m terrified, and EXCITED! (All caps are necessary to capture my shouting.)
But life being what it is, you can’t have your ups without your downs. Chemo treatment is a down. Losing my hair is a down.
Yesterday morning we took our 17-year-old Porter dog to the vet. We had to say goodbye to him. Why do we give our hearts to these creatures when we know there will be tears? Yet, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to love another species. Really. We don’t have to love just people who are like us. We are capable of loving a creature who can’t talk, who can’t share our opinions, who can’t do anything but be our companions.
To remember Porter my son and I made a collage of photographs and we also made a grave marker. My son said he was avoiding certain spots in the house because Porter was last one in those spots. My son is having a hard time understanding why we couldn’t do more to save Porter, and he’s sad he didn’t know Porter as a puppy. It’s hard to be a ten-year-old boy.
I’m happy about the books.
And I’m sad Porter isn’t here.