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1. books and drawings

I know this is an author/illustrator blog, and it has really shown the process of getting Alexander from thought to bookstore. Now the other book is being written and I'll post some illustrations soon. My Grandson and I shared a story tonight about an alligator and where they live in Florida and even in Texas. This is spawning a series of alligator sketches.

The grandsons helped me with my second booksigning and we had such fun. My posters turned out beautifully and Ben read my book and helped by telling everyone how much the books cost!

We went shopping today for the critters at home and for us and then worked on Father's day cards for tomorrow. Ben got a new hat at the feed store! He looks so cute in it, but don't tell him it's not a cowboy hat. 

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2. Alexander's first Public Appearance

Yesterday started off rainy and cool after a night of storms and lightning. Trace and I got to the coffee shop and set up. I honestly felt like we were moving. We have a beautiful quilt for the kids to sit on, rocket ship tablecloth, matching lamp, starry pillows, a video of the original moon landing, a homemade rocket and other favorite books to read. I wore my vintage 50's silk shirtwaist dress, hankie and hat/gloves. Granny Red's flower brooch and matching earrings. Everything was very nice. Thanks Trace for helping with everything.

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3. The Book is Here!

My books arrived last week. I've been busy keeping up Alexander Graham Cracker's FB page, I completely forgot about the blog. I've been scheduling book signings and anxiously awaiting the arrival of the hardcover books.

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4. Books are going to press

The books are going to press. Once I place the order they will be here in three weeks and I can start with press releases, author appearances and book signings. They won't officially be released to the book stores until July. But the books can be purchased through me or on Tate Publishing's Web site.

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5. Book Cover

The cover of my book!! I love it!!

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6. Proofs

Final proofs in the book form arrived in the mail on Sat. I was surprised to see the size of the book and the way it will look finished. I have to edit the back cover...not sure what happened there. Everything else looks great on the inside. I am looking forward to having meetings with the marketing people and getting to record the ebook version! The next installment of Alexander Graham Cracker is perking on the computer!

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7. Page Layouts!

I think I love special days! On Valentine's day I received the proofs to my front cover. On my brother's bd, I received the proofs of the artwork for the pages!! I got to print them out to check the fonts and they way everything looks on the pages. It looked amazing! I cannot wait to hold the book in my hands. <3

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8. Book Covers are done!

Fabulous news to those who are following the progress of my book.  The book cover proofs were sent to me on Valentine's Day! I happened to be at the photographers being tortured when I saw the email. I do reserve the right to punch my cover layout guy in the arm when I see him for making me take pictures of my wrinkles!

The artwork I have seen so far is so much more than what I hoped for! I am very excited to get this book out and start marketing. In fact, I did hear from marketing yesterday and will start with pre-release marketing very soon!

Life is Good - Read a Book!

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My work on the Son's of Liberty, YA novel is progressing...the historical research is amazing. My husband is also working on a YA series of his own, reminicent of Hank the Cowdog and Wishbone. The tale (tail) wags with our five chihuahuas. He is so smart and has such a way with words, thanks to his Mom! Love you honey, I'm proud of you.

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10. Book Info

Well, Alexander Graham Cracker is officially in illustration mode! I am so excited. I cannot reveal the details but it is going to be fabulous. I have a wonderful Illustrator working on the project and his work is amazing! I cannot wait to see the final product.

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11. NaNoWriMo Completed

NaNoWriMo is nearly over for the year and I finished last week with a total around 77,000 words. That doesn't mean I have a finished novel, there is a lot of work to be done. The historical Sons of Liberty book is extremely interesting and the first battle scene I got to write came from a journal of a little boy who was there (he wrote the journal in his 70's) He was under the command of General Benadict Arnold and they were to go get the cannons from Ticonderoga.  I am looking forward to writing this series on American History. I love history.

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12. 1st Edits

My 1st edits arrived today via email. I was so nervous I could hardly open the document! There isn't very much (if any) that I need to change. It mostly showed the breaks for the illustrations.  My favorite quote is,

       "Overall, your story was great! You have written a great rhyme scheme that flows really well."

How great is that!? I have printed out the edits, email and the instructions. I have until the 30th to get it back to the editor. I am so excited.

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13. Update on children's book

Heard from Tate Publisher's this week. I have been assigned an editor (:-)) and will get proofs in a couple of weeks. Probably after Thanksgiving. The book will be then be sent to the illustrators. In the meantime, I filled out a questionaire, I need to email info to the editor and give her my ideas for illustration. It is a picture book afterall. So by Dec. 1st the type and story will be finalized and ready for the illustrator! Yea!!!

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14. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer's Month

Getting ready for a month of literary abandon and writing frenzy! National Novel Writing Month, known affectionally at NaNoWriMo.  This will be my 5th year to participate and last year I won the event with 66,000 words on the novel Ice Man. Wanda Huffman and I did this together. I wouldn't have made it without her help! This year Trace and I are working on a YA novel, The Son's of Liberty. This will hopefully become a series and doing the research has been amazing!

Whitewashed Tombs is currently undergoing some tweaking and the synopsis needs rewriting. I worked on it tonight and need to get it ready to email to the faithwriter's contest for publication by Thursday at the latest. I am 15 chapters into it and still have an outline to follow.

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15. New Book Info

got a questionaire today from Tate Publishing about my book. It is going to Conceptual Editing (I'm not sure I even got that right) basically illustration. I have to answer the questions about the book and then they will be contacting me in two weeks. I am so excited.

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16. Early Alexander Graham Cracker Sketches

These are early sketches of how I wanted Alexander to look. (except for the one of Jacob) I do not know where my scene sketches are! Evidently I put them in a "safe" place and now I can't find them. When my kids were little, I always hid scissors from them and then "forgot" where they were. You know, safe place.  When we finally moved, I found 15 pairs of scissors. So somewhere in this little tiny house I have placed my scene sketches. When if finally find them, I'll post them!

what germs?

Not part of the book, sketch of Jacob done 10 years ago next month!

I'm going to the moon!

beginning sketches
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17. Meet Alexander Graham Cracker!

this picture gave me the idea of going to the moon1

My daughter Kathryn and Alex

geting ready to go to the moon in his rocket
jammies and his Monkey from MomMo's Monkey Emporium

Alex in his Official "Goin' to the Moon" Jammies
I would like for you to meet the inspiration for the story Alexander Graham Cracker Goes to the Moon. His name is Robert Alexander Davies and he is my 3 yr old grandson. When he was little I would rock him and sing songs and call him Alexander Graham Cracker. He and I share the same birthday! Wasn't that nice of my daughter? This year we were able to celebrate our birthdays together. Please check the illustration page and you can see the early illustrations I did on this book and how I drew Alex.

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The party we had when I signed the contract from Tate Publishing. All the kids were there and my friends Wanda and Willie and even some grandkids. We had a great time, ate too much, had wine, and a great time.

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19. Alexander Graham Cracker Goes to the Moon

If you have followed me on facebook you are aware that I have a children's picture book accepted for publication this summer. The book won't officially be out until summer 2012, but there is lots to do in the meantime to get ready. I won't be the illustrator for this book, Tate Publishing hires their own in house illustrators. That's ok, I do get to meet with the illustrator and share with him/her my vision for the book. After all, it is a picture book and a picture IS worth a thousand words!!! The title of my little book is Alexander Graham Cracker Goes to the Moon. In a future post I will share pictures and the story behind the story. Follow me, I promise you won't be bored!  <3

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20. First Post

Welcome to my author/writer/illustrator web page and blog. Here you can follow projects I'm working on, the weird muses that fall out of my brain, wonderful watercolor washes of imagination. This is a site where we love words, the way they look and feel when you say them. This is a site where we will color outside the lines and think like a child again with wonder and magic. Join me as we plunge down the rabbit hole with Alice and experience everything we possibly can.

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