Aaaaand she still liiiives!
Really sorry about the delay. Summer schedule + children's book project + promoting my coloring book + keeping all other balls in the air = little time for hobby level art.
It might be this way for the next couple months, but next fall, for the first time ever, all three of my kids will be in NOT homeschool, and I have Great Plans to get through the rest of The Book of Three as fast as I can at that point. So please bear with me, folks! Good times are coming. For us and for our heroes. At least for a while, until the next crisis.
No need to apologize. Just the fact that you're able to keep up with it, and give us a place to see these books come to life in such an awesome way is enough in itself--no worries about the occasional delay. I bet others would have had trouble making it this far with the project if they were in your shoes. In any event, I look forward to summer updates as they come and the big push in the fall. I have a fair amount of thoughts about the end of this book in particular, so hopefully there will be some good opportunity for discussion in the comments. Keep it up!
Outstanding chicken onomatopeoa.
"You know how chickens are..."
I do wonder if welsh chickens have a disproportionate number of "ch's" in their cluckings, and if I ought to have thrown in a double L just for authenticity's sake, but might as well not confuse everyone. ;)
"Hwoinch" is the only proper pig onomatopoeia. I think the Welsh have a better handle on the noises all animals make... excepting that whole spelling issue.
Hwoinch is indeed a very apt anthro-translation of pig sounds. I wonder if Lloyd came up with it himself or if he saw it somewhere...like was he reading a welsh version of Sounds Animals Make toddler book and where ours would say "oink" the book had "hwoinch"? We'll never know...
Finally an update! I love the butterflies following Eilonwy!
Will you be keeping in the "Cwlwch and Olwen" story that Medwyn tells?
On my honor as a lover of mythology!!
So so so glad I found this! You're amazingly talented! Can't wait for the next update, this was my absolute favourite story growing up :)
Thank you Jemma! I'm so glad you found it too. :) Look forward to hearing from you more.
Weird. My earlier comment disappeared.
No matter. Keep up the great work!
Mine did as well, it looks like there is a double post of this page on the site.
Oh gosh! I didn’t realize it! Shoot, and now if I take one down I’m gonna lose people’s comments. Grumble.
Hooray for still being alive!
I feel your pain regarding multitudes of projects and no time for hobby art.
I'll be happy when you get back into the swing of things, but until then good luck with kid's book and stuff! Let us know when it's done. I'll totally buy a copy :)
Aw thanks! To be clear, I am not the author, just the illustrator. It’s a cute little story though and I hope it does well. Hoping to start picking up more freelance work, so good thing to add to the portfolio.
And here is another absolutely dazzling page! I love the basket of food that Medwyn is holding! Again, almost scarily close to the way that I picture it in my head(that's a good thing). (By the way, I love your chicken sounds!) I just finished Taran Wanderer(which I quite enjoyed), and am nearing the middle of The High King. Also, you know that your reading The Book of Three to your younger siblings is going well when your three-almost-four year old little sister(who has been listening in) knows the names of all of the characters, and has started calling you Eilonwy! :)
Today, I finished The High King. I was absolutely fully sobbing and laughing at the same time. I loved it so much, but the emotion hit me the hardest out of any book I have ever read. I was quite hesitant to read the last few chapters, because I didn't want it to end, but I finally did! I will need to get my hands on The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain, and then I shall read the series over again! The only thing that drives me crazy, is that I don't know anyone who has read and liked the series, so I can't talk about it to anyone! :( Someday I shall, though... someday...
(By the way, I am the same Guest who commented on the last page, and the comment above)
What do you think we're here for? :) We all love this series and Sariellyn's gorgeous artwork, and we cluster here and in fanfiction communities to discuss the awesomeness. High King has a very meaningful ending. I'm glad you loved the series so much, and welcome to the crew!
You and your sister are now my favorite people. I AM Eilonwy and don’t you forget it! ;)
I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the books so much. (To go ahead and respond to both comments.) It’s a pleasure to know another fan and you have now most certainly found a community of like-minded folks. Though we are few we are loyal. You are welcome to fanchat here, on my Facebook page (just look for Prydain the graphic novel there). I also highly recommend checking out the Lloyd Alexander section of fanfiction.net where you will find plenty of wonderful extra stories about our friends. I write as CompanionWanderer there. You have only just stepped into this world my friend!
Love how you capture texture in your drawings. Those chickens look good enough to eat!
Don’t say that to Medwyn!
So, did Caer Dallben ever get the chickens back?
Medwyn promises they'll fly back, but actually the text never does say! lol that did not occur to me until this moment. But by the beginning of The Black Cauldron there are chickens at Caer Dallben, so I guess we can assume they are the same ones, back home.
Ahh, and I come to the end of the line. Whelp. You've earned yourself a pestering regular. :)
You are fully expected to pester me regularly. :)
Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments, not to mention reading this whole thing in one whopping round which is an enormous undertaking! I look forward to your continued involvement, Heart. Best to you!
...You might want to scrub the one where I attempt to congratulate you on a classical reference but by lack of forethought wind up completely tipping the hand to your non-reading audience. If you haven't already.
Most people don't read comments in that much depth. Wouldn't worry about it.
Off topic question, but I figured someone here would know: Is the quote "There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy" - or something very close to that - used in the Prydain chronicles? I couldn't find it in a list of LA's famous quotes, but it seems like I remember it from the books. I think the quote has been attributed (possibly falsely) to Abraham Lincoln.
That is not a familiar quote to me and I don't believe it comes from the Chronicles, though it sounds like something Alexander would say!
OK Thanks for the reply. I would have sworn I read it in the chronicles but memory plays tricks sometimes! It seems so much like LA. I guess I read it elsewhere and got my wires crossed...researching further, it might have showed up in the original Star Trek episode "The Savage Curtain" where Abe Lincoln was a guest star...and I was certainly watching plenty of Star Trek reruns when I was 10 or 11.
...the rest of the quote,by the way, is "There is nothing good in war, except its ending."
How long before you update?
It's going to be a while, unfortunately. I have another children's book deal going right now, plus working with my husband to publish a coloring book by the end of summer. I will get back to this as soon as I can, but I can't give a specific date.
No need to apologize. Good luck with those projects, hope they go well and are very rewarding!
Ah yes. Medwyn's comments about chickens. When I was teen reading it I didn't get it. Now I am older and have a large flock of chickens. Yup. Sums up chickens pretty good.