I have been working for the last month and a half to get the website renovated, but meanwhile the third book in the Star Children series has gotten underway. I spent considerable time laying it all out this time so as not to run into problems near the end. Children’s books are quite defined by (usually) 32 pages. It’s a rigorous enterprise.
This is a fun book for me. It tells us about all the happenings Little Star is part of in the ensuing year, after his wonderful heart awakening. The lay-out will be a little different this time, as the two opposing pages will each be a picture, often connected. It is very interesting because I am painting two pictures sort of at the same time. What you see here are the two pictures, but with their first wash – so very pale.
Perhaps this try at posting a poem can be sorted by a little introduction…since my posts also appear on the front page, scrambled. So, how will this appear?…I think some punctuation might help the scramble?
Tender, forceful with life,
Seed heads push through the dark soil holding them down,
Up to light and life.
Our good seeds, unnamed, but yearning for
fields of eternity
Our good seeds are often held down by our own darkness and dross
I’m really thrilled to announce that Little Star – A Hidden Seed will arrive Dec. 20 in soft cover. This is actually Little Star Lost made new! The same story with simplified language and some new illustrations. Little Star Lost has been so well received by so many somewhat older readers. I felt a new version that spoke to the younger set was needed. This tells the same tender story of the little lost star child that finds his own heart. It is more readable for the younger audience, and more readable in a group setting (the pages will turn more quickly!) Both books are very beautiful, with the same rich, meaningful intention.
If you are new to this site, here is the summation on the back cover:
Little Star – A Hidden Seed tells the story of a little star child who finds himself lost in the earth world. Through ups and downs he comes to remember where he belongs and ultimately discovers his own heart.
The story holds many lessons contributing to children’s developing emotional and spiritual intelligence. Help with difficult feelings can come to us from nature. Help can also come from our own inner resources; from the dormant love, power and possibilities that lie hidden within us. A feeling of connection and happiness ultimately lives inside the deepest core of our being.
By some wonderful Cosmic arrangement I have connected with an editor, the kind of editor I really need. She is sharp and clear, and so able to strike out unneeded text and unneeded scenes. Amazing! This has made me truly comprehend what a rigorous discipline it is to write for children. I mean, you can’t just write as much as you want! My metaphor for that is like having a beautiful embroidered and furlined winter coat and having to wrestle it into a teacup! What if what you want to say just doesn’t fit!?
Working with my editor has given me new inspiration and confidence in writing for children. It has led to some changes to Little Star Lost, which you will have a chance to enjoy in the new softcover.
Meet Lisa P Allen, from Winlaw. I am so grateful to have you to work with!
Lisa is a parent of two creative and aware small children. She thanks her librarian mom for always making sure there were plenty of books around when she was little. Lisa has been educated in the letters and the arts, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz with college honours and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. Now, she follows the way of the mystic, weaving her literary skills and visions in order to bring spiritual stories into fruition. She practices energy medicine in the beautiful Kootenays.
It’s been a long time since the last posting, but new directions have been developing!
The big news is that Luminescence will publish in softcovers. This is a huge saving in publishing costs and freight, and a saving in the retail cost for you.
I suppose part of the inspiration for softcovers was also a discovery when I had to clean out my father’s house, that hardcover books were not accepted for recycling. I think you have to get the covers off somehow, but that is a lot of struggling if you have 40 or 50 books to deal with, and then what do you do with the covers? So, hmmm, what are we doing?
The savings on printing softcover will allow me to finish the cycle of three books I envisaged about the Star Children much more quickly. I am very inspired about that. Gung ho in fact! I can hardly wait, as I already have my outline and research (yes, research!) done for the third book.
This evening’s work is done! Little Star Children waiting to meet the childrenat the Nakusp Public Library at the reading of Little Star Lost tomorrow, Thursday, July 25 at 1:00. Which one would you choose to make a little special place for?
On Thursday, July 25 the author will be reading from Little Star Lost at the Nakusp Public Library from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. There will be a great craft for children, and also books for sale. I hope to see you there!