Well, while there I purchased a hat. A ‘glorious’ pumpkin orange cloche hat. I’ve been wanting a hat for ages and now I have one. The hat and experience gave me just the right setting for a story. So, in a matter of a few hours, yesterday and today, I was able to crank out a children’s picture book story about a girl who buys a hat with her best friend. I borrowed Wild Child’s name as the friend.
You could say the story was me, as it follows some of my trials in finding a hat, but really, if you think about writing, the best way is to write what you know. I know what it’s like to try to find a hat for a decent price and the right color.
I’m so happy with this story, and it’s very girly and little girl oriented. I tend to write for little girls because I am such one myself. Hopefully I can add this to the stack of stories for publishing at some point. Obviously it will need some basic editing and I will send it off to a friend or two for review. Also, Mrs. Day will get a chance to read and edit it. If there is one person who knows children’s stories, it’s her.
I wish I could pick the illustrator for my books. I saw a great book the other day in Ashland, called Tallulah’s Tutu by Marilyn Singer. I didn’t actually read the book, but I would like to at some point. The thing that caught my attention was the illustrations. The illustrator is Alexandra Boiger, and her watercolor illustrations are amazing. I can certainly see her style for this book, as well as the other one that has the query letter written for it.
But, as far as I know, the publisher picks the illustrator. Maybe the writer has a chance to voice opinion, but for now, I think the publisher does the picking.
Well, I’m excited about my accomplishment. It’s not often I finish a book, so when I do, I’m all excited.