I am happy so far with the new beginning for The Wish Maker's Companion. The complexity of this novel still intrigues me.
I have also begun meeting every two weeks with author-illustrators. We have a writing prompt to see what we can come up with. I am the odd duck as I seem to think more in novels than picture books, but they are helping me with illustration approaches.
It takes so long to do this creative work, and meanwhile, I see others publishing, winning awards, and advancing, while I still have my face pressed against the window, hoping to gain entry, yet worried what will happen if I ever do (Will it be read? Will it be enjoyed, criticized, even hated? Will I get to do another book if the first one doesn't set the world on fire?)
The Remarkable Monkeys keep me going.