Brain, Child Magazine

Well, aside from curtain hanging and baby birthing I did some illustrations for an awesome magazine Brain, Child.  Each time they send me an essay to illustrate, I (admittedly) putz around, leave it on my drafting table to read and then get to it a day later.  I then force myself to sit down and read it while at the same time praising  myself for being such a grown-up and doing my work.

And then it happens.

I’m a page into the essay and I’m bawling.  I’m in this writer’s world and emotionally link to every word.  I’m reflecting on my life, my family, the choices I’ve made and now because of this essay I feel as though I’ve been emotionally tenderized with a magazine article mallet.  ” I NEED to email this writer and tell her how much I love this essay!”  I scream in my mind.  Fantasies of meeting the writers spin through my head:  oh – there we are having coffee, oh – that’s us shopping at Costco, there I am helping her organize a garage sale.  It just goes on…

Once I stop being imaginary BFFs with the writers, I  actually do get to work-

“The Sound of Us”  by Kristen Kovacic

“This Sucks” by Kelly Feinberg

So if you’re in the mood for a good cry, pick up a copy of Brain, Child.



4 thoughts on “Brain, Child Magazine

  1. I am trying to catch up on everyone’sblogs-you ROCK! Everytime I see your new stuff it is EVEN MORE AWESOME!!! Hurry up and get famous so I can ride your coatails.:->

    • awwww shucks Laura! You are too sweet!
      To those reading this comment: Laura Jacobsen is an insanely awesome children’s book illustrator and she is giving me props. ME!
      Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

  2. Kelly Feinberg, author of “This Sucks” is my sister. Not sure if you know that sadly she passed away last May from the breast cancer. (I found your site from googling her essay). We were recently told by her editor at Brain, Child that her essay has won a Pushcart Prize and it will come out published In November. Just thought you would want to know. We are so proud of her! -Erin

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