I'm still trying to decide which direction to take WB, a manuscript that I wrote that involves personified animals. Anastasia Suen described my story as a 'social issues' concept book. At first, that label didn't sit well with me because of the social issue the story might be mistaken for. It was suggested that I might bump up the fantasy aspect of the story, not only to appeal to a larger audience, but to add another layer that might defray the possible social message (my perceived problem, not Anastasia's).
Problem is, I'm not a fantasy fan. I don't rush out to see the latest Star Wars, or Harry Potter movies. Although I loved the illustrations in Sweet Dreams Pie, I couldn't get my mind around the zany story, though K loved it. That said, I don't know if I could write a picture book fantasy, though, I guess WB is fantasy-like. Accidently. I can do humor, if that simply means being myself. I can do fiction, if that simply means making stuff up. But, people don't fly on magic carpets, even if those people are talking frogs, so I'm having a tough time moving my story to the realm, or should I say, surreal world of fantasy. And also, I'm not condeming the genre, picture book fantasies are needed just like picture book biographies are — there's room for all.
I'm just not confident that I could write one, since my heart isn't into it. Now, I'm not saying I won't give it a try, in fact I will. But maybe someone can suggest a few picture book fantasies that I could try out.
In other news: Kim Peek, one over caffeinated mom, gave THE HIDDEN FEAST a very nice review over at YA Books Central. Thanks Kim!
Also: Kim was kind enough to syndicate Rants and Raves over at LiveJournal. Thanks again!