Fretting

I’ve been considering the possibility of illustrating my stories, but I don’t think I’m good enough. My drawings and collages are of doodle standard and I can just imagine my review of the book: ‘Lee’s pictures don’t do the stories justice. It’s a pity she isn’t as good an artist as she is a writer.’ Hah.

I have asked an artist I know if he will illustrate the book and sent him some stories so that he has an idea of what he’d be illustrating, if he agrees. I have not heard from him. My other idea is for each story to be illustrated by a different artist, but imagine if ten artists disappeared on me? Still, I imagine getting one artist to make one piece of art ought to be easier than getting one artist to make eleven pieces (counting the cover). Oh lordy, I wonder when the book will be ready. Will it ever?

This afternoon, I spent an hour looking at pictures on Pinterest, hoping to be inspired (to write or whatever) and I came across many tigers whom I could imagine walking through the pages of my book.

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This one reminded me of Ahmed Ali, the tiger were in The Tiger Bridegroom. I can imagine him in a songkok and baju Melayu. Also, he looks as if he’s thinking of having some mutton rendang.

 

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Catching Up

My last three posts have all been Caturday ones, which means I have not blogged properly for about two weeks. I shall try to do better.

I was in Singapore from 6th to 10th September for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content. And in George Town (Penang) from 8th to 12th October, for some badly needed ‘me’ time.

Don’t ask me what I was doing between getting back from Singapore and leaving for GT. I don’t know where the time goes these days. I do know that it takes forever for me to get back on track if my routine gets disrupted.

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Caturday: A Good Cat

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This week’s cat is Canute Goodman, from J. P. Martin’s Uncle books.

Goodman (as he is called) is fond of milk, fish and postage stamps. He is gainfully employed by Uncle (the millionaire elephant) as a watch cat, and to wrap parcels, afix stamps on them and send them on their way. He is one of Uncle’s most loyal followers.

Goodman loves reading and wishes to learn grammar, but is too distracted by mice. He has good handwriting even if it is somewhat untidy.

 

Caturday: The Amazing Maurice

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Here he is (from the cover of the Double Day edition of The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett) with his educated rodents. Not exactly a lovable chap, but certainly an interesting fella.

Caturday: No Kisses for Anyone

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Piper Paw from No Kiss for Mother by Tomi Ungerer.

Bonus picture from the same book — because it reminds me of the birds my cats catch and eat …

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