This is a little unusual. I invited Bob Shea to take part in the #mywritingprocess blog tour and he couldn't do it by himself, even though he's all grown up. So I helped him, because that's what good friends do. They help.
Remember, this is going to be Bob talking. If you don't like it, you might want to think about whether he's the one at fault. If you do like it, you might want to consider whether you're actually responding to my awesome blogging.
BOB SHEA: Hello.
Melissa was kind enough to invite me to join this blog tour. Then she was like, “You have a blog, right?” and I was like, “Pffft, what kind of idiot do you take me for?”
I don’t have a blog.
I used to have a blog. Now I just mumble in Starbucks. I’ve increased my reach significantly.
Anyway, I tricked Melissa into thinking a bulb was out on my blog and maybe could she post my thing to hers. She fell for it. I doubt she’ll read this before she does, so keep your mouth shut one-person-that’s-reading-this.
So here we go. Just to warn you, it’s 3 a.m. as I write this. Maybe you could wait until then to read it. It’s probably better. And take off your glasses. And have a small window in the corner of your screen streaming Netflix.
What am I currently working on?
I just recently tricked someone into thinking I have a blog. It took most of the week. Tricking people is hard. Sometimes they are listening and not just nodding.
I am also working on an early reader series called BALLET CAT. It’s about a Cat who, get this — loves ballet. It’s all she thinks about. Ballet, ballet, ballet. It’s my first attempt at an early reader so I am pretty excited about it. That should pass though.
Also, I am finishing up a book written by a very funny author named Jory John. It’s very bold and graphic. The excitement for that one is not going away anytime soon.
There’s always a bunch of other things going on which sound great but are just things. A lot of my time is spent working on pitches or treatments or dummies which never go anywhere. It sounds impressive though and I always have something to say when my Dad calls.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Depends. Are you talking about the people I rip off? My work looks like they did it, but they had the flu really bad.
Other people, not sure.
My artwork is pretty graphic and bold. I try anyway. My writing is usually pretty absurd because that’s the type of thing I like.
Why do I write what I write?
Mostly to keep myself amused. That helps me judge if a story is working or not. I have a pretty strong sense of what’s funny and what’s forced in my own writing.
How does my individual writing/illustrating process work?
I get up pretty early, not usually this early, but early, and work on something new. That’s always fun. I’ll sit and work out an idea in my head and write notes on not very special paper with a not very special pen.
Then I put that away and work on current projects during the day, always thinking about the other shiny, new thing I am excited about.
Then I get coffee and wonder why my studio is a mess.
I’ll usually overwrite. Too many jokes or long bits. I cull it down as I sketch the layouts. I used to write television promos. Those thirty second commercials that promote shows on a network. It really taught me to make points concisely.
Then I put it all together and make my next runaway smash hit book.
(as if she read this far) this was fun.