this is rare, i don’t want it to slip away without writing it down.

this summer i want to focus on my kid’s book, i have a few in the works for years now (the original reason i wanted to go back to school for illustration). since going back to school my priorities have shifted, but i still want to pursue these books.

one is about growing up with my sister jesse, she’s my step-sister exactly 2 weeks younger than me.
another is about the ice cream carts and a girl and a chihuahua.
a 3rd is just a little promo i’ve been working on with the song lyrics of si & gar’s “at the zoo”.

i may periodically post updates/illustrations of the works-in-progress for feedback and/or accountability sake. does anyone else have a kid’s book in the works? or know of any contacts in the publishing field you’d like to share? ha!

another summer goal is to research MFA programs in painting to apply in this winter, for fall of 2007. yes, more school. sounds perhaps crazy after all the schooling i’ve been in recently, but why not be as ambitious as i can, with the idea of maybe teaching at the college level someday. i’m extremely interested in affordable options. i hear stanford is a full-ride. dream. does anyone know about SF state? Davis? i would love to continue going to CCA… but financially steep.

side note: we had an interesting/unfortunate convo in my class the other day about how our teacher receives far less requests for recommendations for grad school from girls than boys (even though the school is more girls– maybe 65/45 % wise). it’s not quantifiable necessarily, but a trend she sees. not that schooling is everything, but i would only hope women seek the same opportunities as men these days.

a 3rd summer goal is to paint 15 paintings, about one a week.

if anyone happens to be reading and has related advice about grad school and/or kid’s books please email me:
matimcd at hotmail dot com