A Brief Retrospective Look At August 2019

August 2019 Favorites

The beginning of a new year seems to be a good time to look back on the old and look forward to the new, and so some type of retrospective of our illustration and story posts also seems appropriate.

(These are shown above from left to right. Links to the full illustrations and posts follow.)

First “Most Popular” Post August 2019

“Time For Vacation” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (To be 100% totally honest, this is just about my favorite drawing of Pearl ever. It always makes me smile because it shows how much she enjoys life!)

Second “Most Popular” Post August 2019

“Themes And Conflicts And Character Flaws (Oh My!) read it in full here if you’d like. (This is the first post to share an early draft of the first chapter of “How To Explain Christmas To Chickens.” It took me a while to get used to the idea that in a novel, your main character has to suffer in order to change.)

Third “Most Popular” Post August 2019

“More Than We Are Right Now” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This post explores what makes Gracie so special to me. I have promised her that one day I will write a book just about the two of us and her ballet dancing. My heart hopes that will be many years from now. We still have more stories to write and more dances to dance.)

Thanks for joining me on this retrospective of our illustration and story posts. I have enjoyed this chance to look back and see what you as readers enjoyed the most!

A Brief Retrospective Look At July 2019

July 2019 Favorites

The beginning of a new year seems to be a good time to look back on the old and look forward to the new, and so some type of retrospective of our illustration and story posts also seems appropriate.

(These are shown above from left to right. Links to the full illustrations and posts follow.)

First “Most Popular” Post July 2019

“The Kindness Of Giving Rest” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This post was already high on my list of “favorites” because of its sweetness, and so I’m glad that it made it to the top spot for its month. Each time I read this, I’m reminded to be grateful to the people who selflessly give rest to others, particularly in these difficult times. Sometimes the gift of rest is the most valuable gift you can give to someone.)

Second “Most Popular” Post July 2019

“The Best Kind Of Love read it in full here if you’d like. (This is one of my favorite posts featuring Pearl. This is one of the few illustrations which tells something not found in the story words. Pearl was trying to show she loved the fireflies by telling them her best jokes which they didn’t understand. The fireflies were trying to show Pearl they loved her by using their own special skill which she didn’t understand. Did you find their message?)

Third “Most Popular” Post July 2019

“Feed The Chickens Card Game” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This post features the conversation that took place as my chickens and I planned our 1-Year Anniversary gift to our readers.)

Thanks for joining me on this retrospective of our illustration and story posts. I have enjoyed this chance to look back and see what you as readers enjoyed the most!

A Brief Retrospective Look At June 2019

June 2019 Favorites

The beginning of a new year seems to be a good time to look back on the old and look forward to the new, and so some type of retrospective of our illustration and story posts also seems appropriate.

For me, it’s a chance to see what was successful (or not). If something resonates with readers, then I have a better feeling of being on the right track. For new readers, it’s a chance to catch up with some of the most popular posts here. For those of you who have been reading for a while, there may be something you missed or might like to revisit.

After employing a rather complicated mathematical formula along with the very reliable and soon-to-be-patented “Chicken Peck Selector,” these are the most popular posts from June 2019. (These are shown above from left to right. Links to the full illustrations and posts follow.)

First “Most Popular” Post June 2019

“Just Farm Animals (Part 2)” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This illustration is one of my favorites because of the way it expresses fear from a little chicken’s perspective. In the story, the crows are allegorical characters representing people and things in the world which may influence us to think that we are not good enough and that others have it better than we do. This story is about those times when we feel “if I only had…” or “if I could only do…” Ravens, relatives of American crows, will actually turn out to play a helpful role in this story later on.)

Second “Most Popular” Post May 2019

“Emily’s Summer Drawing Camp (Part 3) read it in full here if you’d like. (This post was another favorite from Summer Drawing Camp series. I like how it shows Emily’s growing self-confidence which is often an outcome for any artistic or creative activity…for chickens or for children.)

Third “Most Popular” Post May 2019

“My Inventive Miss Bessie” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This post is one of my favorites because of the dialog with Bessie. I love how she takes everything so seriously and, as in this post, so literally when it comes to the word “popsicle.” It just goes to show you…put a chicken in a chef’s hat and apron, and there’s no telling what will happen! While this was one of the shortest story posts ever, I was glad to see it was so popular, and this was likely due to Bessie’s strong and lovable personality.)

Thanks for joining me on this retrospective of our illustration and story posts. I have enjoyed this chance to look back and see what you as readers enjoyed the most!