On Thursday, I found myself giving the illustration keynote speech at the "Life, the Universe, and Everything" sci-fi/fantasy convention. The speaker was supposed to be the fantasy artist, James C. Christensen, but he couldn't make it. I was the last minute replacement. It turned out to be a lot of fun. Since I spoke, I was given a "Guest of Honor" badge, and have been put in a bunch of lectures and panels; four so far, with two more on Saturday. It's thrown my schedule way off. I haven't been commenting on the comments, and I didn't have time to put together today's LAND OF DOOM. Don't worry, though, I'll be back on track soon.
On the other hand, I refuse to miss a day in the picture book marathon. So, here is book #13:
Title: TOP SECRET. Codename: STAIR-COW
Synopsis: TOP SECRET. It may, or may not have anything to do with stairs or cows.
Before I started the picture book marathon posts, I was working on a concept for a book. This book (we'll call it "CODENAME: STAIR-COW" or just "STAIR-COW" for short) was something I was very excited about. In fact, I had trouble sleeping for a few nights--I was that hyped by it, I was pretty sure it was the best idea for a book I had ever had.
I dummied out the first half of the book, I started work on a sample page, but then I hit the wall. I couldn't figure out where to go with it--it was too complex. I set it aside and started work on the marathon, hoping for some inspiration to strike. Tonight, when I was trying to figure out book#13, inspiration struck. IT STRUCK BABY!
STAIR-COW is go! I can't tell you anything about this book, I have to keep it under wraps. I'll only share it here when it is safely under contract somewhere. Yeah, I think it's that good.