Quick update, we are soon off to LA and then up to Big Sur for a wedding. We have secured a home in Carmel by the Sea with our 2 boys, their girlfriends and our daughter Miranda. I will work the whole time. I am planning to see my dad after the trip.
The people that I’ve met thus far and the friendships that I’ve developed as a result of this book have just been so enriching and wonderful! Time for a break… 🙂 and a trip to LA is in the near future. I have got to work on a few points on the text now for the book. I did this a bit backwards, but what the heck. Once I met Aija, I was on a roll.
Illustrations are near completion! I can’t believe that everything has come along so well. The whole process has been so exciting, and to see my ideas finally in physical form is just such a pleasure.
The update is this: still working on the illustrations – the overall design is really incredible and just marvelous – parents and kids are really going to love this! I’ve been busy on several other projects that I’m excited to have in the works, but Danny is still my top priority!
I have to say, it’s just so wonderful to be working with an illustrator that allows me the creative control that I desire for my story. Between the designs, colors, positioning, shapes, etc., it is definitely a treat to be working with so much freedom.
Well we’ve been going back and forth quite a bit with various tweaks and changes, but we’re definitely making progress – very exciting indeed! And to think, this is all being done through a computer – haven’t ever spoken on the phone still!
Yay – the bells are going off, we’re back in touch again! I’m just not used to people losing touch with me like that. But all is well – Aija explained to me that she doesn’t start on projects until she’s 100% ready, and prior to starting, she prays daily and gives herself space until she has the full vision of how to start – and then the ideas just flow out of her from start to end. This is totally understandable. I’m giving her the space that’s needed to accomplish this. In the meantime, I’m taking this opportunity to do some research on more recipes for the future two cookbooks. My husband and I are planning a Northern California road trip too.
I’m a bit concerned because for the life of me, I can’t reach my Aija! I haven’t received an email response back from her for a while now.
The solution to my communication with Aija is to use her translator. No problems at all! I really like them both! Aija agrees to allow me total creative control of my characters. Amazing! We are moving forward on the book! Contract signed and we are on a roll.
I am back in Florida again. Interesting news. Aija does not speak a word of English. This could be a problem. I guess we’ll have to see how everything works out. In the meantime, I’m going to have a phone conversation with her translator (which I just found out she has) to figure out the next steps.