Ruthie got a new look last night. I wanted her to match Marcie a bit more. Marcie's head is large. And I wanted to have an appearance that was easy to replicate all the time. My old Ruthie I only got right half the time. This one is easy and fun.
Ruthie has a dragon!. Well, not quite yet but I'm working on it. Here are three dragons I began yesterday (plus an elephant with a headband). I haven't found Ruthie's dragon yet but he'll appear (or it might be a girl dragon...yes, it probably will be).
I'm quite excited about these stories I'm writing about Ruthie and Marcie. They are fun to write my kids love them (though this is often not a good indication of anything because my kids are great fans of mine).
In the shower I figured out Marcie's dog's name. It is Stinkhead. The kids will like them.
Hawk and I are reading a book about Roald Dahl written by a friend of his. He writes that Dahl said kids' books must be funny. So, we shall try (though not hard -- it's gotta play out on its own. Ruthie already defied me, her creator -- uh oh - - I just heard her say she wasn't created. She was born! -- but anyway, I had to follow where the characters took me).
I started writing the story of Ruthie and Marcie yesterday. I'm on chapter 2 and there are all sorts of possibilities. I am enjoying it.
Yesterday they did indeed play Pooh Sticks (by the way that comes from The House at Pooh Corner and in Britain there is actually an official Poohsticks competition every year -- found that out yesterday too.
Today, I hope to finish the second chapter. The pictures above go with that chapter. That's Frank looking through the fence hole. And that is Marcie bringing balloons to Frank and Ruthie. Not sure why she has a mustache yet. Maybe she'll explain later. There are a couple of fairies in that picture and an old woman Ruthie thinks is a witch.
Neighbor Mr. Melbourne is pictured in this picture on your left. Though it isn't colored, he is wearing a white fedora, green plastic boots and his bathrobe. Ruthie likes the fashion risks Mr. Melbourne takes. He also has those white striped tube socks on. You can't see those very well. Mr. Mebourne is mentioned in the second chapter also.
One last picture for you -- the dog in the middle is Marcie's dog. I don't know his name yet and I don't know when he will show up in the story either. Above and on your left are my attempts at drawing Ruthie's cat Harold. She mentions him in the first chapter. Neither of those cats are Harold. But I'm getting close.
So, on I go......
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