It just so happened my husband gave me a cool set of drawing pens for my birthday over the summer, which I wrote about in this blog post. So, I started drawing some line art for a few of my poems and several other random pieces that inspired more poetry writing. It's an addictive cycle, so much so that it's been hard to get back to my novels.
Then, one day, I showed one of my pieces to my daughter along with the poem. She said, "Mom, I can totally see this as it's own kid's book!"
Call it serendipity, perfect timing, cosmic alignment of the planets -- the universe was trying to tell me something. After several attempts at drawing monsters and beds and scenery that would match the kookiness of the poem, I am close to finishing it. Here is the almost-finalized cover, still working on colors and design.
It's a kids poem with silly drawings, along the lines of Shel Silverstein. I loved reading his poetry when I was a kid. Now, if anyone hasn't heard of Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, then you should run out and BUY a copy right now. It's not only for kids, grownups will enjoy it as well. Seriously. This should be on your bookshelf.
So, all this time I had always thought, "Nah, I can't create a kids poetry book, or a children's book for that matter. I can't draw images that kids will like, that will make sense, and a poem to go with it."
I guess you never know until you really give it a shot, and have the right people supporting you. If you find such people, hold on to them tightly. They. Are. Priceless.
~ * ~
This is a post part of
The Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop.
Support your local indie writers, poets and artists!
|Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh|