Here he is, the star of the children's book I began working on this week: Roscoe! He went to doggy heaven a year ago this week, and working on this story now seems appropriate. I got all emotional just working out the story this afternoon. I'm going to tell his story. I have plenty of memories to mine for material.
Of course, I wouldn't dream of writing a children's book without illustrating it myself. I'm spending my time working on story and teaching myself how to draw bulldogs in various degrees of anthropomorphism until I find one that I like best. It's tons of fun!
I'd like to thank all my friends who sent me photos of Roscoe to work with. Mom, Nancy, and Danni so far. And a special cyber shout-out to my sister-in-law who posted a short animal-drawing tutorial over at the site which hosts her online comic. You should check it out (especially if you are a fan of Final Fantasy 7 and enjoy fanfic). Here's the link for the tutorial, and here's the link for her comic!