Friday, April 29, 2011

Miss Gillyflower is born!

Sitting on the beach on Captiva a month ago, little Miss Gillyflower was born, as was Lloyd, a very kind toad.  Who are they?  Well, they are two little creatures that I have some special plans for.  

My husband and I have decided that the timing is perfect for me to wrap up my teaching career - after almost 20 years.  I feel time slipping away and I have so many things to do . . . and try . . .  and learn.  So, here goes!  This spring when I walk out of the school building, I'll also hand in my key.  A teeny bit scary, but very, very exciting!
One of the projects I have in mind, is to try my hand at writing a children's book.  I know a book can take a long time to publish, so I'll be practicing patience.   Anyway, in all this time, I've learned a few things about children and what amuses them.  Animal adventures are on many a child's list of stories they go back to again and again.  A draft of the text is done and now I'm going to attempt to make the characters come to life. 
Miss Gillyflower

 The main character is Miss Gillyflower, a very young mouse, and this is my first attempt at sitting down to figure out just who she is!  Her very good friend, Lloyd, is a helpful, elderly, and kind toad who will see her through some scary scrapes.  So, here you go - a preview of two of the creatures I'll soon be spending a lot of time with!  I have big plans for these two, since they will be involved in much more than a story! 

And THAT is a hint at an entirely different matter . . .

Lloyd - he may look grumpy, but looks are deceiving.

 There are other creatures in the garden, just waiting to appear.  

They will be coming along soon . . .

4 comments:

Boom said...

Love Miss GillyFlower and Lloyd. Your illustrations are wonderful. GO FOR IT!!!!

Anonymous said...

Miss Gillyflower is DARLING! And Lloyd is awesome! You go, Girl! (Ernie wants a playdate with Miss Gillyflower.) klk

Teresa said...

That is awesome! I look forward to seeing the finished book in the future.

Tami / Maddie Lumpkin said...

Your illustrations are fabulous.I think Lloyd is already my favorite character!

YOU COULD MAKE THAT IS ON FACEBOOK!

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