Tuesday, January 03, 2006

looking forward

2006!!! Of course I have the regular New Year’s resolutions – work out more, floss more, take vitamins, etc, etc…. However, I do have a lot of creative based resolutions. But resolutions tend to break by February, so I’m calling them goals. So here are my goals for 2006 – and I’m telling you all because I want you to help me stick with them. If you see me throughout the year ask me how they are going and if I am floundering with them, make fun of me endlessly!

My goals-

A new website. Yes, I will be tearing down studiojjk.com, so enjoy it while you can, and it is going to be rebuilt from the ground up! Expect it to run more quickly, the pages to be better integrated and there will be plenty of new features. I’m hoping to launch it by February.

Write more. I have had all of these stories floating around my head for a few years now and I just need to get them out of me. And they aren’t for kids, but teenagers. And you may be asking – “What would a JJK book be like for an older audience?” They will be about coming-of-age, unrequited love, family pain & triumph, risks, awkwardness, summers, friends, loss, trouble, dreams and teenage angst, among other things.

Sketch more. I used to sketch a lot more than I have in the past year. So this year I will be using my blog as my way of keeping at it. If you don’t see random sketches posted here every now and then, give me flack. I’d love to share my non-picture book sketches with my readers.

And all of this of course will be hindered by my love for snowboarding and I’m itching to get up on the mountain. I plan on going quite a bit this year!

Giddy Up, Cowgirl comes out in February, and while I don’t have any sort of formal book tour for it, I have events pretty much every month through April!
January = San Diego, CA
February = Denver, CO
March = Virginia
April = Houston, TX
I’m pumped for it all. I have good friends in all of those cities and remember when I was talking about snowboarding……?

In the fall for My Buddy, Slug, I may be undertaking a BIG book tour.

And for new projects…..I’ll be starting work soon on a graphic novel, which will most likely be a series of books. But I’ll tell you more about it later in the year when more things are settled.

2006 is going to ROCK!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

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