Berti and the book

Berti sitting on top of sketchbook

Meg's working on illustrating a kids book for a class.

Berti here, that’s like my tag line, you know,  how I like to start each post. I think it’s kinda catchy, how about you?

Today I have one thing to say. Meg is a little weird.

She says October is the ‘big month of changes’. I told her January is when things change and fresh starts are made, but she disagreed. She says it’s always been October for her. She thinks it’s probably because, when she was growing up, her family owned a campground and mid October was the end of the camping season. All the campers left and she had a little time to think her own thoughts, maybe start her own projects. I can’t say I’ve seen her writing any resolutions this month though.

So here we are, October. Meg’s youngest kiddo has gone back to college and we’re finally getting settled into our new routines. This is year two of college for kid # two (out of two). That word looks strange. Two. Two. Two. Oh, sorry. Bud told me last year when the kid went off to school, Meg dove head first into building up her portfolio as a surface pattern designer. That worked well. She was very busy with something she loved and the kid was very happy at school. All in all it was a pretty good transition. Of course Meg missed kid # two (that kid has been home since March, you’d think I’d remember her name!) but they talked and texted and even made video calls, so she didn’t seem quite so far away. That helped.

Anyway, back to me and now.  I thought we were going to smooth sail it, got that distracting kid #two back to a school situation, and we were just going to keep plugging away at the surface pattern designing and drawing pictures of, well, me. But Meg had other plans.

She went online, got herself signed up for a Children’s book illustration course that started the same week the kid left for school! No easing into things for this lady. She is loving it and is so excited to add children’s book illustrator to her design resume in the future. That picture above is me (I love when she adds me) and one of the characters she’s working on for class. Fortunately she has also gone back to a daily drawing practice, hoping to become as good at drawing as she is at imagining. I’m just looking forward to all the adventures I’ll be having as she draws me into things!  (What’s the word for when you squeeze your wings together and shake with excitement? I’m doing that right now.)

In case you haven’t met me, I’mBerti, Meg’s imaginary bird friend who handles this blog, her newsletters and eventually, hopefully, all her social media (insert slightly evil laugh here).

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