When I sat down to write my second book, Origin of Ryn, I knew the audience was going to be teen fantasy readers.
It feels great to finally be able to give you all an update on my progress with the illustrations I’ve been working on for the first book in a planned series of Corgi fantasy books (middle grade, ages 7-10) by author, K. Kibbee. I spoke more about this project when I made the announcement that I am illustrating a book series.
You heard correctly, I am illustrating my first children’s book!
It’s been some time since I’ve posted what I’ve been working on, and I’m pleased to finally be able to announce that I have signed a contract with Incorgnito Publishing Press to illustrate three Middle Grade Fantasy books about a Corgi dog and his adventures! These books will be novellas, or chapter books as they are often called, for young readers within the Middle Grade category (ages 7-10 years old).
How to Crochet Amigurumi from the Ground Up
I’ve been creating my own amigurumi patterns for almost seven years now, ever since I realized that amigurumi are made by knowing how to make shapes. Using decreases and increases to your advantage there is almost nothing that can’t be converted into a crocheted character. Deciding when special embroidery stitching would add some nice flare, finishes off each piece making it look professional and as true to life as possible.
One of the excellent blog post ideas I received during my giveaway for April’s A to Z Challenge, was a question as to whether or not seasoned crocheters still make mistakes like we did when we were beginners. The answer to this is, yes… or at least, I do anyway. I can’t speak for all crocheters, but especially when I am creating new patterns, I make mistakes often.
It’s been a couple of months since I’ve posted, so I thought I’d jump back in and share a new video I just put up on my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel on: How to Assemble the Happy Sunflower Amigurumi.
Let’s get back to the submissions guidelines.
Every agency and publishing house is different. When I first started query writing, I thought that if I had the manuscript finished (a must before you start querying, unless you’re a writer of non-fiction), the query letter written (that could be catered to each separate agent or publisher), and a 1-2 page synopsis drafted, I would have all the tools I needed. I didn’t bother with an outline because I was under the impression that those were only asked for, for non-fiction manuscripts.
When my son was only about a year old, we went to a birthday party where my friend had organized a craft for the kids. She’d provided small (8×10) canvases and Crayola washable paint, and had lined her entire living room floor with butcher paper. Her hope was that the kids would use their hands to make paintings and there would be minimal mess afterward.
I’m so happy to be back here getting to share my creative work with everyone! The past couple of weeks have been a blur, filled with finishing up editing my book, Adeline and the Mystic Berries, and sending it off to my editor, Alison Williams, for another look; completing another beta read for the book, Project Liberatio, by Allison Maruska; and you guessed it, moving from sunny California to the evergreen state of Washington!