Guess what? My good friend Mukta Cholette and I just self-published our first children's book:
"A Pig for Friendship."
Three years ago Mukta approached me about illustrating a story that she had written. Since we both had the long-time dream of one day publishing a children's book, it was the perfect opportunity to give it a try as a collaborative effort. So three years (of a lot of work) later, we now have fresh-off-the-press hardback copies in front of us. It's surreal! This truly is a home-grown grass-roots venture. Aside from the actual printing of the book, every other aspect has been, and is being done my Mukta and myself. It's quite a labor of love :)
We are looking to our friends, family, local community, and strangers to be our readers and supporters of the book. The book will be sold at local book stores, events and release parties, and online at Etsy. *This coming Saturday we'll be doing a book signing event with an urban farm in Long Beach, CA: Farm Lot 59. There will also be fresh eggs, artisinal ice cream, and maybe some real pig and chicken friends. We can't wait! and hopefully we'll be able to do more relevant and local events like this in the coming months. We are open to ideas and suggestions!
If you're interested in reading about and seeing more images from the book, here are a few links:
For my birthday Ben and I came up with a list of 32 things to find and do in the local Santa Barbara area. It was mostly silliness, but it got us up doing and seeing new things. We didn't find/do all 32 things but we had a good time. yay. ...and now for a deep thought by Jack Handey:
"It's funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure,
and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating"
Aw, thanks Jack! Ain't it the truth?! and now for some out-of-order highlights from the treasure hunt...
#20 Take a picture with an awesome hat
#15 Spot a giraffe #21 Find a cactus plant with character #19 find my age #25 a handwritten menu
#12 find something creepy (well we couldn't pick just one) Which one do you think is the creepiest?
#26 an intriguing book from a thrift store
#7 Drink a glass of local Red. Yes please! (*had a Beckmen Syrah at Bell St. Farm in Los Alamos)
#22 a found object from the ground with yellow on it (found at top of La Cumbre Peak) #20 a piece of fallen fruit
#18 find at least 3 different spanish tiles within SB architecture
#1 Reach the highest Peak in Santa Barbara (La Cumbre 3,985 ft)