This week was not a particularly productive one for me, friends. I was not well on Wednesday or Thursday this week. Wednesday is my usual mid-week day off at work and I normally use that day to move forward with my writing and illustration tasks. But that didn’t happen this week. Towards the end of the week and then yesterday, I was able to put together today’s post offering. 

For rewriting, this is a new opening page. I have heard that you have to capture a reader’s interest from the first page. It’s my hope this beginning will accomplish that important job much better than before.

For redesigning, there is a “chicken-y” font for the chapter title and a serif font for the chapter text. Rather than having a large full-page or partial-page illustration, the title banner now includes a smaller illustration to hint at the content. I’m hoping the smaller signals the story is for a slightly older reader.

For reinventing, much more needs to happen, but I think I am getting to a better place and hopefully more willing to try new things. It has been difficult for me to write events that did not actually happen in real life to my chickens, but I am getting better. I suppose if I can talk with chickens and they can talk with me, then most anything is possible.

Perhaps there is a much broader story to tell over a series of stories. That would indeed require a huge amount of rewriting, redesigning, and reinventing.

Do I believe in the grander story? I do. Somehow I have to get Gracie onto the stage of The Paris Opera Ballet. It is our dream, and it all began with a simple “Peep!”

So I’m feeling better now and wanted to share this post with you and spend some time today catching up with my WordPress reading.

Each post shares a glimpse into my journey as a writer and illustrator. Every “Like,” “Follow,” and “Comment” is truly appreciated! 

11 thoughts on “Rewrite, Redesign, Reinvent

  1. I am glad you are feeling better. Sounds like you have some good plans in place. I almost emailed you this week because I was at a total loss how to add a book cover to Barnes&Noble. It took me all week to figure it out but I kept getting distracted so yesterday I was able to sit and really figure it out. My husband came home from a work assignment and I was so excited you would have thought I cured cancer. Poor guy. Anyhow, I hope this week is better!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa. I’m glad you figured it out, but I would have been glad to help you. Some things can be so puzzling, and then when you finally figure them out it really does feel like you’ve done something remarkable like finding a cure for cancer!

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      1. I like KDP’s set up but I want to get a little more away from Amazon so I can diversify how I can get my books out to people.

        My daughter grabbed your book this week and said, “Mom! We forgot to finish this!” so that is on our list to finish this week. We have to finish a Misty of Chincoteague book first. Sigh. This one is depressing because there was a storm that killed a bunch of wild ponies so I’ve had to be creative while reading it to her. 😉


  2. Love the font – it does look chickeny, doesn’t it. I like the little drawing too.
    (I have difficulty thinking up things to happen as well.)
    Hope you’re soon feeling up to scratch again.

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  3. This is very sweet- what a lovely blog you have! My sister and I had chickens when we were growing up, but I haven’t had any for many years now. I didn’t appreciate them greatly as a kid, they didn’t rate anywhere near as high as the dogs and cats my friends had. However, after having spent the last year on a farm where they have a dozen pet hens, I have become very fond of them, there is something very comforting about their presence!

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    1. Thank you so much, and I’m sorry it has taken so long to respond to your kind comments. I love your website. I’ve been thinking of maybe building a tiny house for myself in the backyard as a sort of studio to be closer to my chickens!


      1. No stress! Thanks so much- that’s very kind! Ooh, that would be super sweet- I think a tiny house would be perfect for a studio, it’s definitely my long-term plan for my tiny house. The spot where I am currently finishing my house, is just next door to the chook yard, and I have to say, their clucks, chirps and crowing make lovely background noise!

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