It's been a year huh? This time last year I was wondering what 2020 would bring, I felt anxious and disconcerted by the the fact I'd finished my Otago residency (and the regular stipend) and wondering what I'd do to earn a living, what hustle I'd have to concoct. As a freelancer for the past 40 years, I always worry about this. I should learn to just trust that something will turn up. Because it always does, just in the nick of time.
I didn't expect it to be Covid-19 though. Nobody did. As the world continues to evolve and adapt, we are learning not to count our chickens. Except that it seems I can count on one. Marvellous Marvin!
A late last book for the year - who would have thought that in one year, and the most challenging one at that, I'd have 3 books out! This is highly unusual, but very, very welcome. Scholastic offered me the illustration contract for a picture book by the one and only Nadia Lim. I've been a huge fan of hers since she was a Masterchef contestant (and then winner) and I've subscribed to My Food Bag for quite some time now. So of course I said 'yes!'
Now Marvin is on the Christmas best sellers list and I am extraordinarily proud of my work and how we put it together in record time!
I am also doing regular illustration work for the Australian School Magazine, signed another picture book contract, have wearable art in progress and workshops lined up. Unexpected given the dire predictions for 2020, but there you are. Stay at home, wash your hands, wear a mask and life will continue. Just a bit differently.
I hope you have a peaceful 25th December and if you are limited wherever you are because of lockdowns, and can't have a gathering, then I think it could be useful to reframe Christmas as a state of mind, rather than seats at the table. Zoom your love, keep your friends and family safe.
Bottoms up xxx Fi