costume chaos and illustration news

frosty-fieldOk, so it’s really late and I’m really tired and I have about thirty seconds to write a post for ‘What I’m Writing’ tomorrow. Not that I have to write a post for my linky I suppose, but tomorrow it’s the one hundredth week of ‘What I’m Writing’ so I don’t want to miss linking up when it’s such a nice, round figure!

So… It’s late because I’ve been really busy this week. I’ve been writing stuff for work, I’ve been doing an illustration commission and, given it’s December and I’ve got three kids, I’ve been running around in a kind of Christmas frenzy trying not to drop the ball on nativity costumes, social events, presents, parties and end of term thingymabobs. This morning I was frantically trying to assemble a snowflake costume for my three-year-old for the dress-rehearsal of his school play. He ended up in a thermal vest and a cellular blanket. “It will do, it will have to do!” I chimed until I got to the classroom and realised the other kids were all adorned in flashing lights, glitter, home-made wings, amazing headwear, baubles, tinsel and perfectly carved ice sculptures. Ok, I made that last one up but blimey, it took all my powers of ‘cool, parent-of-a-third-child zen’ not to rush home and construct an elaborate walk-in ice cave for him to wear for the performance tomorrow (shhh but I’m still thinking there might be time in the morning… )

So, did you notice that bit just up there at the top of the previous paragraph? The bit where I said I was working on an illustration commission? I have been and it’s my first ever! Well, strictly speaking it’s the second I’ve been asked to do, but I’m not due to start the first one till the new year so the one I’ve been working on this week is the first I’ve actually done, if that makes sense? Probably not. It’s even later at night now. Anyway, I’ve just finished the commission and sent it off to the writer this evening. It’s illustrations for her middle grade book which is coming out next year… more info to follow… I’m dead excited, truth be told!

Right, it’s really, REALLY late now so I’m definitely posting this and going to bed!

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10 thoughts on “costume chaos and illustration news

  1. Nicola Young

    You’ve been a busy bee haven’t you? And damn those parents who cheat and go out and buy nativity costumes (me). I don’t know why but it seems calm on that front here (daren’t speak too soon). Youngest doesn’t do a nativity now he’s in year 3 and eldest isn’t doing anything except a gym display (of course!) and it all seems spread out. Hope I haven’t got all the dates wrong!
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  2. Sara | mumturnedmom

    Congratulations on the commission, that’s fabulous. Hope we get to see some of it at some point :) I bet your son was perfectly happy with the costume, they don’t notice these things the way we do! Congratulations on week 100, wish I had something to share, and that I managed to link up more often. That’s one the of many things on the long (and wishful) list for the new year ;)
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  3. Alice @ The Filling Glass

    Ah well I am in the middle of making a Christmas pudding costume (going for painted cardboard tabard), but thankfully L’s nursery encourage homemade! It can turn into a guilt trip though can’t it?! I can’t wait to see your illustrations, you have such a talent! But whew it sounds busy at your house, I hope you get some respite before the holidays hit! xx
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  4. Sophie Lovett

    So exciting about the commission!! I think it’s awesome how your illustrating has taken off – really inspirational. And i think a cellular blanket sounds like a perfect snowflake costume quite frankly. Whoever heard of snowflakes with wings and flashing lights?!? It’s all about the acting, right? ;) xx
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