Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Dianna, My Peepz, and a Mickey mouse check

Yes, I know; My blog life has slacked up. With so many things going on, I sort of put Rants and Raves on hold. Here's a quick recap:

Saturday, I attended Dianna Aston's book signing. She has several spring 2006 releases (see Spooky Cyn's post for details). That day, I also walked right into a make-shift critique group. Mark Mitchell, Liz Scanlon, Frances Hill, and I, have decided to form a writing group in which we will focus on picture books. I'm going to take the charge, follow up with everyone, and organize a first meeting to ensure this doesn't fall through the cracks. Everyone was so enthusiastic, so I think this will be a good thing for us all. Holler if you'd like to be included. I have no idea how big or small these groups should be, but I would think 6 to 7 people would be a comfortable size.


Finished the art for the 2007 My Peepz calendar! I have to admit, I wasn't excited about doing this second year art. Last year's calendar — though it sold out — hardly made anything. But my licensing agent says, with a calendar, the first three to four years are spent building a following.

My first instinct was to slop something out, recycling art from last year. But, as an artist, concerned only with producing the highest quality, I couldn't bring myself to do that. So, the My Peepz 2007 calendar is even stronger than the year before!

I received my first royalty statement, and was inclined to throw the envelope into my files, not bothering to open it up. Usually, they contain a couple of worthless 8-and-a-half, by 11-inch sheets of paper, good only for a nasty paper cut, if I'm not careful. But this one — Mickey Mouse dancing in the corner — was a bit heavier than normal. Jump at the Sun Treasury had a nice little payoff — a full car payment!


rindawriter said...

Sorry, I'm not "closer to your home" so I could apply to be part of your picturebook group! Guess, I'll keep chugging on here by my lonesome with the cats and squirrels and just send online cheers instead! Got some more quiltie pics for you up on my blog.....

Anonymous said...

Hey Don, I was surprised by my Mickey Mouse check too! Not only that, this is the first time in years that I didn't have to chase down a single statement. Here it is the first week of April and I have them all!

(Just not nearly enough $$$ is all.)

You really seem to have hit your stride lately. I couldn't be happier for you.

Susan Taylor Brown

San Nakji said...

I will definitely get your calender this year sir!

By the way, that's a cool picture you drew for your mum, she must be very proud of you!