Sherman and I did a reading today at Top Ten Toys, and I brought him a present, the very first drawing I did for Diary. Four years ago, he emailed me to ask if I was interested in doing cartoons for his next novel: “I’m thinking it’ll be something like this: ‘I was born with water on the brain. [cartoon of a fish tank with a brain floating in it, with a confused fish] Okay, so that’s not exctly true. I was actually born with too much cerebral spinal fluid inside my skull.'”
As I told the audience today, I figured, “show, don’t tell,” and instead of replying, YES PLEASE, COUNT ME IN!!!!!!!!!!!!, I did the drawing right away (on tracing paper. I’m not sure why. It was in close grabbing range?), inserted it into his text, and sent it back. He replied right back and said, you’re in.
Today he told me he had a gift for me, too. He just signed with Little, Brown for the next book in the series, The Magic and Tragic Year of My Broken Thumb, and I should expect a call from the editor soon. Wow! I grabbed his sleeve and kind of hyperventilated when he told me. Hooray!!