09 Jan 2013-ING
A new year. An exciting newfound major project has begun. Older ideas are being looked over. Frustration continues within the ‘industry’. No one seems to know where it is going — or where it went. Yet, life moves forward, we find new ways. We have before. We will again.
I am overwhelmed with the reactions to MARY’S SONG (Eerdmans), the words and Stephen Alcorn’s artwork touched so many — and continues to do so.
Anticipation of a new book always causes a stir of excitement. This summer/fall it is my YA collection, ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE (Creative Editions), illustrated by Guy Billout. The anthology takes readers through Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” monologue from AS YOU LIKE IT — from a child beautifully coming into the world via Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s new version of “Amazing Face” to a verse by Cynthia Cotten ending:
Once I ran to meet tomorrow
Now I sit
The poems are witty, poignant, reflective — like life itself. It will be fascinating to see what readers make of it — take from it.
Billout’s art brings Shakespeare into a new breathtaking era.
Come February, I tackle a revision of an adult novel. A writer’s life is insane – wickedly insane — but what wonders insanity brings to the mind.
A sample from Guy’s art: