It doesn’t often happen that Quotable Tuesday gets to host an author on the very day their book is born. But today we do. Please welcome my friend and former Austinite Annette Simon, the author and illustrator of This Book is For All Kids (Andrews McMeel), Mockingbirdies (Simply Read), and Robot Zombie Frankenstein! (Candlewick) which makes its debut today. Welcome to the world, Robot Zombie Frankenstein! and congratulations, Annette.
When I asked Annette what are her favorite quotes about writing and/or the creative process, she said, “I have a few. The first is from my brother, Phil, a former major-league ballplayer and an all-around good guy. Phil was drafted out of college by the Chicago Cubs, and remains a die-hard fan. One day I asked him about the rubber bracelet around his wrist, and he explained IT’S GONNA HAPPEN is a Cubbies’ fan’s belief that the team will eventually win the World Series. He gave me a bracelet, to sit atop a pile of dummies I was then submitting. Phil said, without doubt, it was gonna happen–I’d find an agent and get published.
“Next is a Zits cartoon by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman; reading it hits me in the heart every time.(Click on the image to enlarge.)
“Then there’s this wonderful ‘Before You Write’ sequence from Marly’s Magazine that I’d read online in 2008. I’d like to thank its author, Lynda Barry, for making me laugh and stay focused at the same time. (And also please for not suing me for posting without prior consent. All fun ideas expressed here are hers. Except for the Zits cartoon, which are Jerry Scott’s and Jim Borgman’s.)
“Oh, I think Jane Yolen said this. She might have even had this image on her blog several years ago. I used it as my screen saver.
“Last but not least, if you’re not yet completely sick of my random visuals, here’s one more. It’s a cropped photo I took of a page from an old Dick and Jane book I have framed.”
Sometimes it is just that simple. Thank you, Annette, for playing in this corner of the cyberworld.