🐌I procrastinated for 3+ years🐌 But now I'm forcing myself to finish my book

July 26, 2020 34 Comments

🐌I procrastinated for 3+ years🐌 But now I'm forcing myself to finish my book

Here is a sneak peek of something I have been working on for 3 or 4 years now. It is my biggest procrastination!! Its a book about bookish people and creatures doing bookish things, a picture book with a small 2 lines of text (so, not huge).
I think I have procrastinated for so long because I fear it being a failure- a flop!
pictures for my next book about books- jubly-umph
I even created a few limited edition brooches for it a few years ago that have just been sitting in my studio doing nothing.
But I have realised that I need to get it done and published and stop worrying too much about failure, because when did that ever get anyone anywhere?
cat on a book stack image from my new book
So, on that note, I am going to sell the limited edition brooches to fund-raise the printing of the book.  The two designs I have done are the Cat on a Stack and the Bookshop Snail which I will package in our old keepsake jewellery tins to make them extra special.
the bookshop snail limited edition brooch
Yes, this is an exercise to keep me accountable and finish this book!!!
There is only 100 of each brooches made and the dies to cut the design have been destroyed so there wont ever be any more.
The sale of the brooches will cover the cost of the print run and the design and layout of the book. I would then hope to have the book published before Christmas. No more excuses!!...lol
The brooches will be available this Thursday at 12pm AEST.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
XO
Tasha

34 Responses

Glenda Stockman
Glenda Stockman

August 02, 2020

I’ve worked in the public library sector for 42 years and over that time I have seen a lot and I mean a lot of children’s picture books. You are very talented, your work is amazing, so full of luxurious colour and imaginative spirit.
I feel your book would be very successful. I would dearly love a badge of every illustration shown and I would definitely buy your book! I hope you can include some amazing end papers. Wishing you the very best as you work through your biggest procrastination.
Kind regards,
Gigi

Victoria Gelberg
Victoria Gelberg

July 29, 2020

I have just started a bookclub, I cannot wait to put the group what badge we can make our official pin!!! Love it!

Kirsten Gilroy
Kirsten Gilroy

July 29, 2020

I love all of these!!! Never seen anything like them before. Like a previous customer I am in the UK so have missed out on some pins I wanted but love the ones I have!! Fingers crossed I am successful and I would love to see the finished book xx

Richard
Richard

July 29, 2020

Want the slug. Need to set my alarm to get in quick. 👍👍

SANDRA FRASER
SANDRA FRASER

July 29, 2020

Speaking as a Brit, I’d love both of these pins although the time difference may be a problem.I may have to decide how tired I want to be the day after releases.

Sara Johnson
Sara Johnson

July 28, 2020

As a Brit, I’m always terrified that I’ll miss out on limited editions, as I can’t stay up late enough to get hold of them as soon as they go up. But I’m holding out hope that I’ll manage to get both the cat and the snail! 🤞🏻

Sandra Morris
Sandra Morris

July 28, 2020

I could have written that exact same blog post! Take heart from the fact that I’ve been writing my ‘how to’ book for the past 10 years so you’re by no means the world’s worst procrastinator. I took it up again during lockdown and I’m tentatively optimistic that it will be ready to print by early October. I get what you mean about accountability and having a deadline to work towards but I tend to fail miserably on both counts. Good luck with yours and if you want an ‘accountability buddy’ drop me an email and we can procrastinate together! I have been tempted on many occasions by your wonderful badges so I just might spring for one now to support a fellow ‘would be author’ :) Keep the faith, best wishes, Sandra (I’m a miniature dollmaker!)

Rosie
Rosie

July 28, 2020

Oh my! I’m totally enamoured of the brooches and REALLY keen to see the book! Here’s hoping I get a break in my training session on Thursday so I can snarfle at least the cat, and preferably the snail too! Good luck with your venture. I hope you can propel yourself past the finish line soon xx

Kara Sjoblom-Bay
Kara Sjoblom-Bay

July 28, 2020

Both the book and the brooches look amazing!

 Virginia Maude
Virginia Maude

July 28, 2020

Absolutely fantastic. Ill be lining up for sure

jackie eyles
jackie eyles

July 28, 2020

I hope I get in on time ❤

Deborah Green
Deborah Green

July 28, 2020

I love the brooches, and I’m excited to see the book.
You can do it!

Celia Stahr-Reid
Celia Stahr-Reid

July 28, 2020

Yes, please print it and I’ll buy a bookshop snail, they’re adorable! You are a very clever lady…

Celia Stahr-Reid
Celia Stahr-Reid

July 28, 2020

Yes, please print it and I’ll buy a bookshop snail, they’re adorable! You are a very clever lady…

Jessica Manuel
Jessica Manuel

July 28, 2020

I love all the designs, they’d be incredibly beautiful book marks (I’ve always loved collecting bookmarks), the book will be as gorgeous as all your other works, can’t wait to see it!

Wanda Davies
Wanda Davies

July 28, 2020

Nothing about these pins or this book, (these are making me smile at 5 am!) are going to fail, just love it already. The failure song is an old one from someone else story x

Joanne Van Raaphorst
Joanne Van Raaphorst

August 08, 2020

I love the Shhhh lady, she’s adorable , actually they’re all lovely.

Suzanne Lenne
Suzanne Lenne

July 27, 2020

Those brooches will sell out in a flash!

Susan Thelander-bell
Susan Thelander-bell

July 27, 2020

Love the book and I will be lining up for a brooch & a book when published – well done- just do it as they say😊

Lyn
Lyn

July 27, 2020

I think your book looks great! Feel the fear but do it anyway!

Denise Dunn
Denise Dunn

July 27, 2020

Love both of these designs and your book looks amazing too. Good on you for having a plan.

Sue Kavanagh
Sue Kavanagh

July 27, 2020

I love the pins!! The book looks fabulous! I can’t wait for it to come out. Anything you do is going to be great!! Good on you for diving in. Sue 🌟

Holly McGuire
Holly McGuire

July 27, 2020

Brilliant! I’m an avid collector of your brooches, and I have your Bestiary, I look forward to this one too.

Angela Bunn
Angela Bunn

July 27, 2020

So glad to see you finally finishing the book. It’s going to be great. Love the art work. Totally adore the cat and snail brooches. Hope I’m lucky enough to get them. Fantastic work. Never give up because you’re amazing.

Sheena
Sheena

July 26, 2020

Print the book!!!! Take that leap 🥰 it looks gorgeous!

Helen
Helen

July 26, 2020

As the Queen of procrastination I admire your determination. I love the snail and look forward to seeing the book.

Bronwyn Ross
Bronwyn Ross

July 26, 2020

Cat on the stack 💗

Jane
Jane

July 26, 2020

This is exciting news. Absolutely yes to both the pins and the book. Love both cats (especially ginger) and books so these are going to be must-haves for my collection.

Mardi Ettelson
Mardi Ettelson

July 26, 2020

Your book looks rockin! Sometimes things only happen when it’s right and you’re ready. Ready now:)

Yvette
Yvette

July 26, 2020

I hope that ginger kitty is becoming a pin or a shirt because I want him.
I totally get the book fear. Having put out an academic text last year after working non-stop on it for years, you get quite fearful. Good luck.

Samantha Starr
Samantha Starr

July 26, 2020

I absolutely love the cat on a stack brooch. I am a ginger cat liver and a library assistant by profession so this is a must have for me.

Caitlin O'Connor
Caitlin O'Connor

July 26, 2020

I adore the snail!! Must have!

Ellyza
Ellyza

July 26, 2020

If that snail doesn’t find it’s way into my collection, I will die. Literally. This is the best thing to happen to me since the pandemic began in March. 😍😍😍

Natalie S
Natalie S

July 26, 2020

I would love to buy a copy of this book when its out 😁

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