A guest post featuring Erika Barriga
The lovely Erika Barriga has her debut book out, Queen Quail is Quiet: and Other ABC Tongue Twisters and is doing a guest post on my blog today. Make sure to check her book out!
And look at that sweet baby!! Aww my heart just melts. :o)
What were you waiting for?
I keep wanting to reach back in time and shake my twenty-something self around. Talk to her in a stern and serious voice, calm and collected, about how she needs to just find what she loves and pursue it. I'm not sure what took me so long, maybe it was the thought that I had "all the time in the world" to do things.
Whatever the case, for me, having my baby girl jump-started my system. After having her, I felt/feel like I can do anything. So I have grabbed that feeling by it's wings and I don't want to let go.
My first book, Queen Quail is Quiet, was just published mid-May and it is a labor of love. I wanted to grow in storytelling so I decided to tackle the alphabet letter by letter. This book illustrates every letter using every sound of each letter. A fun way to learn how to read and the sentences result in silly tongue twisters for older kids.
I created the art digitally and I have wanted to make a video showing how I illustrate for a long time. I felt that fear again when it came time to actually change the viewing option to "public" on YouTube. But I thought about being fearless and it pushed me to just push the button. Stop not sharing. Don't be afraid to do what you want, just keep pushing toward your goal. It's uncomfortable but worth it.
So I have a video for you (with my voice! eek) I hope you enjoy it and read my book. It's great for all ages. ;)