*** UPDATE *** I’ve approached an artist about this.
Looking for feedback — would this be something you’d be interested in seeing under your tree at Christmas-time?
original post below..
Hello artists looking for a project to work on — if only for the love of it.
I was digging through some old notebooks and found something I’d forgotten all about, that brought a smile to my face.
I was raised on a steady diet of Dr. Seuss and Robert Munsch and Shel Silverstein, and then later, as my literary love lingered, I still gravitated toward infectious rhythms and rhymes when it came to telling silly stories.
I am seriously putting this out here for someone to pick up on and collaborate with me. If you’re interested in creating strange, wonderful drawings of cartoon bugs, contact me with your thoughts and ideas.
Here’s the story:
Once upon a time and long ago
as all good stories say
Three bugs went riding bicycles
one sunny summer day.
They passed the purple pickle park
and waved to Wando Wu
who was picking purple pickles
with her puppy, Peek-a-Boo.
They climbed the cliffs of Clackerclaff
and fought through fearsome fog
then stopped to sit and soak a while
at Suzie’s Spa and Bog.
They ate a lunch of apricots
and apples a la mode
then each took turns at leapfrog
with their good friend Todd the Toad.
They said so long and see you soon,
then got back on their way
to go find fields of flowers
in which to roll around and play.
Now nap time neared and so the bugs,
they headed for their homes
Comfy and cozy and snug in their rugs
inside of their garden gnomes.
I’d love to see this become a children’s book. As a good dilettante, darlings, you know I delight in dabbling in all things artistic, and there’s an empty box on my checklist of artsy accomplishments. Incidentally, I’ve also never been sketched nude like that Titantic chick, but that’s lower down on the list.
SO… if you want to spread this around or send it to your artsy illustrator friends, that’d be great.
If nothing comes of it, I hope at least you enjoy it in this form.
Your Favourite Dilettante,