Monday, October 12, 2009

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath

I am still writing writing writing. I finished my notebook and moved to the next one (yes, I write everything longhand first) and it's going very well.

Whenever I am writing quickly like this, I start to wish I could draw. I think if I could draw I could come closer to getting exactly what I envision in my head down on paper. I know that if I were an illustrator, it would still be frustrating; I am sure artists feel jealous that writers have words to use sometimes. But sometimes a picture really is worth 1,000, you know?

For example, have you read Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty Gets a Bath?
A friend got it for Tink and it is the funniest thing I have read all month. It's in graphic novel format and the words are hilarious but the pictures! I could write humor for weeks and not get as funny as the pictures of Bad Kitty ridding himself of a hairball. I read it at bedtime (my own) and tried to make Thor read it with me and giggled aloud until he mocked me and then turned back to the front and read it again.

Apparently this is a series and I shall soon hunt down the rest. As should you, if you have elementary-aged readers. Or cats.

As for me, I must head back to the composition notebook and to the challenge of painting pictures with only words.

4 comments:

cath c said...

congrats on the writing!

i bet s would love bad kitty.

WordWrangler said...

another book to add to my "TBR" (to be read) list. Thank you for the head's up!

And wow - longhand writing. I thought I was the only one who still loved to do that! It's frustrating, though, because I can type much faster than I can write. When I write longhand, my brain is sometimes three paragraphs ahead of me...then a page...then a whole chapter. I can keep up much better when I type. ;)

Congrats on getting so much done, though. I hope you fill up the newest notebook very soon!

peace,
Donna

Jacqui said...

Thanks, cath c. It is hilarious.

WordWrangler, I think that speed is why I write so much better longhand; it forces me to slow down. But also, I can misspell or stop midsentence or put "(add something here)" and not feel like I have to fix it immediately. Then, when I type it in, I revise as I go.

Jill Corcoran said...

I so agree, Jacqui. I feel the same way about---we are frustrated artists trapped in our writers bodies:)