The work on this latest Paffooney is coming along nicely. I confessed to mess-ups yesterday. Today I can show you real progress without further oopsies. The figure of Valerie Clarke is the most important part of both this illustration and my novel project. She is the single focus-character in When The Captain Came Calling. I usually vary the focus character from scene to scene in my fiction, because I have a pathological need to play around inside the heads of multiple characters. This book will be the first one I’ve written to stay inside the same head through the entire novel. The story, assuming it doesn’t totally take on a life of its own and change itself, is about how a young girl sees and evaluates the people in her life… Mom, Dad, the boy she has a crush on, the girlfriend of that boy, the goofy members of the Norwall Pirates (a 4-H softball team and liars’ club dedicated to adventure, story-telling, and being a kid while you can), weird people who live in tiny Iowa farm towns, and mysterious strangers who can somehow be invisible. It is about friendship, love, sex, and growing up. It is also about overly-protective parents and a world full of dark magic and mysterious dangers. I am trying to capture that in my Paffooney, to hopefully make it into a possible cover illustration. I intend to show you in this blog each stage in the completion of the project… the making of colored-pencil Paffoonery.