“When you bloom, you’ll be the perfect present!”
Emery planted the lily bulb in his finger-painted pot and hid it behind the shed.
He checked daily to make sure it had plenty of sun and water.
He showered the lily with love and songs.
Weeks passed and the lily grew tall and green under Emery’s care.
Small buds appeared as Mother’s Day approached.
And finally, the special day arrived.
Emery sprinted to his secret spot.
She will love it!
But his grin evaporated when he saw the lily.
The plant stood without a single flower.
Emery dropped to his knees near the no-longer-perfect present.
Shortly after, Mom found him.
“It didn’t bloom,” Emery sobbed.
Mom hugged him close.
“Oh Sweetie, you grew this for me?”
“Look at all the buds just about to pop. It’s perfect!”
“When they bloom it will be Mother’s Day number two!”
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This is the first I’ve written (well, in blog-form) since I
started this site a year ago. However, not only is it the end of 2018, it is
also the day after signing a contract to illustrate my first traditionally
May I please introduce you to MAC AND CHEESE AND THE PERSONAL SPACE CASE written by the talented Jolene Gutiérrez! Click below for a post by Kathy Temean on other upcoming books from Spork.
After receiving the manuscript I went straight to work on sketching out what the main characters would look like. Although Oliver, the boy, and Ms. Lopéz, the teacher, went through a few revisions, I was pretty set in their overall “feel.” Mac and Cheese (the adorable class pet guinea pigs) were my favorite to figure out. I tried multiple techniques to capture their furry, fuzzy, cuddly squishyness and finally settled on the above.
Check back for updates on this upcoming book- set to release late 2019.
Over the monitor I can hear my kiddo in his bedroom being oh so quiet for nap. You can tell because he has proudly and repeatedly announced how very super quiet he really really is. So, I figured now is as good a time as any to try to write something down.
I’ve been working on a rascally rhyming PB for a while now. It’s been mostly on and off, with diddles in illustrations and fidgeting with words, but I still feel like I need to get it all out of my head and into reality before I can move on.
Thus, a WordPress page… mainly in hopes of honing in thoughts (although, truth be told, I simply wanted to comment on someone’s page and needed an account to do so….)
But for whatever initial reason, hello! And please excuse any spider critters on here. They’re helping me work out some kinks in aforementioned picture book. They’re also here for reminders that I don’t have to always have things polished.
Sometimes figments are best shown in glimpses it seems.