I’ve been writing this post in my mind for weeks. For months.
I’ve hinted about the Writing Project with my beautiful daughter, I’ve told you that I’ve had to unceremoniously replace her because she was dragging her feet and wasn’t getting what needed to be done fucking done.
And now I can reveal all.
It killed me to keep my mouth shut.
I wrote a children’s book. About how we came to adopt our beloved cat Nicki.
The illustrations are so great that we’ve already had several fights about them along the lines of “I don’t understand why you had to steal my thunder and upstage me with the illustrations. And also, could you make the mom-character a little bit more beautiful? Think Trophy Wife! TROPHY WIFE WITH A HEART OF GOLD, I SAID!”
I’ve had so much fun doing the book and I’m so grateful to Peajaye for taking this project on and putting up with the constant “can the green be less greenish?” and “MAKE ME MORE BEAUTIFUL, DAMMIT! BLONDER! BLONDER!!!”
It has been a true collaboration and I feel lucky to have had such a great partner. (Oh, and lest you think that my daughter got left out in the cold, don’t worry about her. More about that $ituation $oon. After the lawyers have worked everything out.)
But as usual, I need your help.
And internal organs.
But I’ll settle for the help.
Peajaye and I have seen eye to eye on almost everything, but we cannot agree on the back cover.
Although to be fair, I never realized that books had back covers.
And we have two versions.
One contains scenes from the book.
And the other has a cat butt and a litter box.
So, yes, different.
I asked Mama to weigh in and she said, “definitely litter box. Enough protecting children all time. They must learn that life is more than fun, there is the shit, too.”
Which of course has its own brand of charm, but I wanted to take your temperature on this, too. (Albeit not rectally.)
So please tell me– which the better back cover:
We are self-publishing the book on Amazon, in the early fall.
You should probably commence trembling with anticipation.
One year ago ...
- Reality Bites - 2010