Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Secrets, and other things.
Secret came out on Monday that all this time I have been working away in my studio on another book with Robert Macfarlane.It will be published in October, IF I get the artwork finished. So, as we move into the final design stages of The Unwinding, where there is little for me to do other than marvel at the work Alison has been doing, I am frantically trying to finish all the artwork for The Lost Spells. But my ear.... well, it's not being helpful.
Months of working so hard, emails going back and forward between myself and Robert, spells landing, changing, morphing, growing and then shaping the images for the book, and I really need to hit this deadline of Feb 8th. You can read more about The Lost Spells here.
I'm on my second type of antibiotics now. Painkillers stultify my brain so that all I can do is sleep. Can't even read. Just been watching films. But at least now in the evenings I can take painkillers and catch up on His Dark Materials, which is fine and wonderful.
Meanwhile Alison has been working miracles with her 'digital re-mastering' of my artwork for The Unwinding. Here's a sneak peek at more pages.
I think there are still a couple of places left on The Unwinding retreat in Bossington in July. Hoping my ear will be better by then.
The snowdrops are spearing through the earth here. Daffodils also, but no sign of celandine yet. I've loved the frist the past few nights. It's a curious thing being at one of the closing stages of two very different books. So hoping I can hit that deadline, then rest for a day, before tackling all the other things that need to be done for the Spells to shine.
And I have had an idea for something new........
The Unwinding hardback
- Narrated by Bethany Porter
- Music by The Bookshop Band
- 18 tracks (including two new songs)