Well, here is a fun thing.
Thank you Richard Jesse Watson for picking me to join this blog tour.
Fun facts about Richard Jesse Watson:
Besides being an award-winning children's book illustrator,
Richard roasts his own coffee.
He once dismantled a hotel window so he could
roast coffee for an illustrator pal without setting off the fire alarm.
Here's a stunning painting Richard created to go with one of my manuscripts.
|artwork (c) Richard Jesse Watson|
He loves books, handball, anchovies, and waffles.
He can make or fix just about anything with epoxy.
He has taught me much of what I know about art.
And he's my dad.
I'm inspired by him as an artist and a person.
Find him online at richardjessewatson.com.
Now, to the Q & A:
What am I currently working on?Last week I shared with you the driftwood of my life work.
Today I'll tell you about my other work - writing and art.
Lately I'm playing with picture book,
chapter book, and middle grade manuscripts,
as well as trying to work in some of that gorgeous momentum
I gathered from my UCSD "Illustrating Picture Books" course with Joy Chu.
I'm also working on creative discipline - how I manage my time.
Time is my huge thing.
How to squeeze any more drops from days plumb full?
I drew a pie chart to see where all my spare time flows out
and to hunt for extra gaps I can curb into a writing / art habit.
I think it's helping.
Why do I write what I write?
the striking thing
about a day,
to turn knobby memories
into strength and courage.
to spread adventure and creativity
that will spark and sprout
and in me.
That's my why: remembrance. beauty. courage. hope. thanks.
How does my writing / illustrating process work?
I keep notebooks, sketchbooks,
camera, pencils, pen
in car, in purse, in library bag,
in every place story lightning might strike.
Books! I read like a sieve.
Not really sure how a sieve reads,
but I do
a lot. lot. lot.
|(c) 2014 Faith Pray|
I type manuscripts into a writing program called Scrivener,
and then write and rewrite until the manuscript feels just so.
Sticky notes are brilliant for this.
Taping together mini books helps me feel how each story breathes.
And then I play with finishes.
Splashy ink and pen. Velvety oil pencils. Pooly paints.
I'm always playing.
When a story feels just so, I send it to my agent.
If he likes it, we work on changes,
and then he sends it out to publishers "on submission."
That's my writing process.
Next in this blog tour, my friend Carrie O'Neill
gets to tell you about how she works.
|art (c) Carrie O'Neill|
Carrie and I were friends in high school.
What a delight to discover her now at the SCBWI conference in Seattle!
Carrie is just as witty, talented and lovely as ever, and her art is vibrant and engaging.
I am excited to see what Carrie creates next, and I can't wait for you to meet her.
You can find Carrie at www.carrieoneill.com.
She'll be playing tag on her blog soon!