Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Strange Sounds

Yesterday was very exciting.
I started on a new book, actually one that I've been working on for years but now it's time to start on it properly. I went to see the art director and we spread all my notebooks and sketchbooks over the desk to look through them, and we made a plan of the plot, or rather extracted it from my notes. I realised I'd been heavily leaning on "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" to try and structure it, which is a good thing, because otherwise it would just be a big load of very odd things. It's nice, making a book out of a load of odd things. Mini Grey said recently that a book is like a box, a container for many things, and this one certainly is.

Then I went back home to record readings of the next two picture books that'll be coming out, the sequel to "There are Cats in this Book" and "A Place to call Home". Alexis read the second one, being the author. They are very different sessions - mine was a mater of sitting on the sofa emoting and purring a lot, his involved sticking a range of objects to his face (a shoe, a cardboard tube, a watering can, a plastic soldier's helmet and a metal cup) to alter his voice, which meant that he had to do some of it from memory, because he couldn't see anything.
 Here's the back of the book in question, which may explain this a little bit.

It'll be rather awesome.


Sarah said...

Yay! Exciting! :)

Swati said...

It does look like it will be awesome :)

Niamh Sharkey said...

Hello Again! Sorry we didn't get to hang out a bit more at the Walker Party. It was really nice to meet you again and hopefully next time we can just sit, in a quiet place, and have a natter over a cup of tea.
All the best, Niamh

Viviane Schwarz said...

Hello Niamh!
Yes it was very nice to see you - Definitely let me know when you are around so we can have cups of tea!