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It's Always Christmas when New Pages Arrive!

An update on the progress of The Little Brown Spider, book number 3!

The Little Brown Spider wonders where Esther is going in such a rush
Hey, Esther, don't leave me hanging! Come on, Esther!

Christmas in January

One of the coolest things about being a writer who doesn't illustrate his own books is getting sketches and finals for a story. It's Christmas day when that happens. And today it's Christmas. This morning I was greeted with an email from Cristian letting me know eight new pages were sketched and ready for review.

As always, the sketches were perfect. Not only do I love Cristian's style, but, more importantly, he knows how to depict feeling and emotion in subtle ways. These subtle additions not only help tell the story, but also help bring out the personality of our little arachnid adventurer. After all, being a mute spider, he does need a little help here and there.

It's a Girl! It's a Girl!

Esther is holding a mouse trap and cheese, thinking of a plan
A plan of action from a clever, little girl

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this is the first Little Brown Spider story to feature a girl. An outgoing, little rambunctious girl at that. Her name is Esther and right now she's hatching a plan to get rid of an unexpected house guest.

Although I've written other stories, both picture books and graphic novels, with female leads, this one marks the first Stone Hollow Press book with a female lead. Pretty cool.

A Helping Hand or Two. Or Eight.

The Little Brown Spider struggles with setting a mouse trap
Have you ever seen a spider set a mouse trap before?

In this third story, LBS is more than willing to help Esther with her little dilemma. Sometimes it's with a guiding hand. Other times, it's with brute, spider force! In the end, being the super bright girl that she is, Esther figures out the perfect solution.

After Christmas, It's Back to Work

Now that half the book is sketched, and the buzz of Christmas day is waning, we'll get back to work. See you in the next post!

- DennisD.


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