Thanks to Phil Mills phillip2637 for the video above, and to Karen Linsley for permission for posting this video. The song, "I Am Stardust" was written by our friend Lloyd Landa, who died in late 2000. You can read the lyrics to "I Am Stardust" on the Pegasus Awards site; it was nominated for Best Classic Filk Song in 2010.
Lloyd, we miss you.
This is a video taken by Phil Mills of Urban Tapestry singing "I Am StarDust" by Lloyd Landa at our 20th anniversary concert at FilKONtario last weekend. Debbie, Jodi and I love this song dearly and once Lloyd was gone from us too soon, it's always been an honour that his music partner Karen Linsley, who first sang the song with Lloyd, has encouraged us to continue singing it. I'm glad the filk community has taken "I Am Stardust" to their hearts and one of my favorite things about the video is listening to the audience singing along in the background.
Allison, Jodi and I had a wonderful time at FilKONtario. Kudos to the concom and guests! Allison has posted a series of con reports with photos on her blog:
For those who have arrived at this post from elsewhere and aren't familiar with filk, here's my own take on the topic: What Is Filk?
Since my mother died and especially since my brother and his wife died, Christmas has never been the greatest time of the year for me.
The insistent Christmas carols piped into shopping malls, the glitter and party atmosphere, the increased barrage of BUYBUYBUY...I get cranky, resentful, impatient of the crowds. Deep down, I know that part of this Scroogelike attitude is because of the ache left behind by personal losses, bittersweet memories of past holiday seasons, but this knowledge doesn't help.
Read the rest on Blatherings.
[Updated December 23, 2012: I wasn't sure what was going to happen with this project when the editor, Maria Modugno, left Harpercollins to join Random House. However, a new editor has been assigned and I've been told that they still want me as illustrator (yay :)). Launch date is going to change, though. More details when I have them.]
I'm pleased to announce that I'm going to be illustrating the new RUBY ROSE series by Rob Sanders for Harpercollins. The first is titled RUBY ROSE ON HER TOES, and is tentatively scheduled to come out in 2014.
I'm feeling so grateful to the people who have supported and encouraged me during my publication journey (like Beckett Gladney, who first convinced me to enter that illustration portfolio showcase back in 2010). I'll be writing more about many of them but right now, I'd like to once again thank Justin Chanda and Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. Justin was the first editor/publisher to believe in me enough to offer me a book contract (I'M BORED), and other exciting opportunities have come my way as a result.
Can't believe the day is finally here! It's been two years since a rejection turned into a book contract (thanks, artbeco!) with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers to illustrate Michael Ian Black's I'M BORED.
I've updated the I'M BORED In The Wild photo gallery with more reader photos. I invite you all to send in your own photos: here are the guidelines and info about how to submit. Here's a recent photo that my sister-in-law Larkin sent in:
You can find more info about the book, related resources for teachers and librarians, photos, sketches of the book in progress, tips for young writers and illustrators, an I'M BORED In The Wild photo challenge, comics and much more: I'M BORED Scrapbook.
And thank you all so, so much for your continuing support and encouragement. :-)