Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I'm back!

Aaah. I've properly arrived, I've unpacked, too, and I've dyed my hair bright red again - that'll wash out a bit, though, I think.
Edinburgh was lovely... I bought new shoes and had Red Snappers and other gin-based drinks in respectable environs.

I had a lot of time to think about work, too... you know I've never been opposed to editing. I write a thing, the publisher tells me they love it but it needs some minor surgery, then it turns out they mainly want to just keep "the heart of it", then they tell me what they think the "heart" is (which I normally think is rather more the appendix or - if lucky - maybe the liver) and I sit down and re-write and re-rewrite until either it ends up being more or less what I imagined in the first place (hooray in that case) or something entirely else (also ok).
But somehow I unearthed a project now that I really enjoy, and I've started going through the editing process... and I am thinking: I can see this is one of the ones that may well end up being something totally else. So why not just make all the changes that they would like to see, which would take it so far away that I could simply take my original idea back and self-publish it happily on the web. I've got a strong feeling that if I don't take one project I care about out of the editing loop I'll eventually go loopy... And wouldn't it be ace to have a big illustrated story on the web for the whole world to see? Would be nicer to get paid for it, of course, but - a person needs to stretch their limbs sometimes, and really do what they do best. It seems like a very good idea to me... else, how can I ever see what it actually is that I want to do and if I can do it?

So that's all good... but I can see a LOT of work ahead, since I have two publishers to deliver two written-and-illustrated books to in 2008 already.
Sometimes I really wish I could just illustrate other people's texts, then I'd have loads of time to think up my own shenanigans... Ah well, it's a good job as it is.


Eric Orchard said...

Mmmmm....Gin based drinks. You're so lucky that you can write and draw. I just recieved Shark and Lobster's Amazing Undersea Adventure, glowing, excited email to follow.

Viviane Schwarz said...

Ahaa I got it! Ha! Many thanks! Will reply promptly.

Stephanie Roth said...

Hi Viv-

It's great to get away from things, isn't it? It's like you can see things so much clearer from a distance...

You look so elegant in that picture- and it looks like that picture was taken in the 1940's some time. Very glamorous!