Four years ago, I finally sat down and professionally put pen to paper. I emptied my brain of all those stories and added illustrations to them. I started the process of editing and publishing my work. I started this website to advertise the books and went from homemaker to author/illustrator. Whew!
I can look back on that time and giggle at myself for waiting as long as I did. There is a certain freedom to having your creative thoughts out of your head. I still have moments while making dinner or folding laundry when my thoughts wander off into that creative world. Ideas zip through my head and I find myself laughing out loud at something I could make one of my characters say.
It wasn’t long after I started writing, that I drew my first otter. Now, it seems that my I Otter Be cartoon has become a favorite of many. The little guy keeps inspiring me to give him more tasks and hobbies to perform. I even added the clam character to keep him company a few times.
I could say that it seems like the time has zipped by, but it really flowed no faster than it should. I tried not to rush my thoughts or jump the gun on ideas and that has made the work all the more rewarding. So, I will keep on writing and illustrating, because every day little building blocks pop into my head and urge me to create. They say “a mind is a terrible thing to waste,” and so are the ideas that reside inside.