Friday, September 5, 2008

The American Bubble and Sheep

I don't want to make this a political blog, but I am getting sickened by what's being said in the news and the apparent lack of education and awareness of the general public in the U.S. Not to mention the great distance many Americans have placed between themselves and reality.

Now, I'm all for idealism. It's pretty much how I live my own life. But, that said, I'm not going to put a bubble around my head to convince myself that all is darn-tootin'-fine with the Good Ole U.S. of A. just so I can feel good about my own excessive lifestyle.

Good writerly news: I'd always thought of writing a picture book, but had no idea where to start or what I would write. Last night (or more appropriately, this morning), in the midst of pregnancy-induced insomnia, I came up with an idea I'm darn proud of. The silliest part of it is that it has to do with sheep. Fluffy, woolen sheep. (Not to be confused with starched, cottony sheep.)

I love sheep. Especially the white ones with black faces. Those are the kind my grandparents kept. The kind I saw toddling around one year and then ate, without realizing, the next. (Now that was an interesting evening.) No, the book has nothing to do with eating sheep.

~~Must go make lunches and get ready for a trip to the local State Park, in which we'll see horses and possibly jellyfish. (Wouldn't it be interesting to see them together?)

7 comments:

Jacqui said...

Ooh! I want to see the sheep book!

And don't even get me started on people wearing blinders...

Rachel Bird said...

Hi Amber!

I saw your blog listed on Agent Query and I'm so intrigued by your novels. Can I read an excerpt anywhere?

-Rachel

Jill Corcoran said...

You sure have been having a plethora of interesting dreams. Good luck with the pb!

Elise Murphy said...

Yeah for sheep! Did you know Arthur Levine wrote a children's picture book about sheep?

Jellyfish horses sound like an anime animal. Like the cat buses in Totoro. Another PB is born!

Amber Lough said...

No, I don't have an excerpt anywhere. I might post something like that in the future, though. Still have to think about it...

The beach was good. Just one tiny jellyfish lurking about harmlessly. My kiddo mostly played in the sand and made dry sand castles. (Apparently she has to learn some more about making things with sand.)

Debbie said...

Were you COUNTING sheep? I just read a cute book called THE 108TH SHEEP.

I've decided that insomnia can be a good thing. I have some of my best ideas in the middle of the night.

Laini Taylor said...

Jelly horses! There's an idea! I would love to write a picture book too, but I don't have a very good sense about them, what makes a picture book. My attempts in the past were all ideas that wanted to be novels, or at least early readers, trying to squish down to 32 pages. Not so good. Some day! Hope all is well, Amber!