A Pair of Happiness

I am making a series of children’s books for Baby Grouch.  It just sounded like a good idea, when ideas kept popping into my head during a jog or whatnot.  I’m trying to act more on my ideas instead of just thinking about them so I decided to give it a go.  I’m also trying to not NOT do something if I don’t think it’s as good as it should be.  Which is hard. Because sometimes you just end up completing a bunch of crap.  But, hopefully one of these times something amazing will turn out.  Won’t know unless you try, right?

What I have learned from this process is:

1)  I suck at illustrating.  I think if I waited a year, Baby Grouch could draw better.  Maybe I’ll hire her when she turns 2.  Also, I think a big part of children’s books are the illustrations….right….

2)  I have no idea when kids begin to understand metaphors.  Or similes.  Maybe this book will be for when she’s a teenager.  Or a parent.

3)  I can never remember the difference between a metaphor and a simile.

4)  I’m impatient.  I guess I already knew that, but it was re-confirmed.

5)  I don’t think anything is ever good enough.  But I’m trying to let that go.  So here it is.  All that’s left is to laminate and bind it up at Kinkos.

pairofhappinessone

pairofhappinesstwo

pairofhappinessthree

pairofhappinessfour

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pairofhappinessfive

pairofhappinessseven

update – I got it bound!

pair of happiness

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16 thoughts on “A Pair of Happiness

  1. I do believe you are much, much better than you’re giving yourself credit for.

    This is the 2nd thing I’ve read today that reminds me life is really good and I just have to do a little work to see it and remember it.

    Thank you for that.

    (See? You’re good. Really, really good.)

  2. I am crazy in love with your book, and I want a copy.

    Your style reminds me of Edward Monkton’s book, A Lovely Love Story. Highly recommended.

  3. Wow this is beautiful! I’m completely the same about not wanting to create or publish something if I don’t think it’s perfect :( I’m going to try to implement the same thinking from now on! (Oh and by the way – this time it is perfect, no question!)

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