keeping it stealthy

Bugalug

I’ve been doing this secret agent character thing for about ten years now and sometimes I forget how fun it is. At times it’s been a thorn in my side because it didn’t always match up with who I am. I’m a mom, I’m a graphic artist/illustrator, what does spying have to do with that? Why didn’t I pick another name for my blog? But that is what I picked way back then and now I’m known for it. It would be a shame to abandon a brand that I’ve by default worked at for so long.

So when my neighbor stopped by with two pairs of “secret agent” glasses that she picked up at the local dollar store, I saw a glimpse of how fun this secret agent gig is for other people. It dawned on me that I really should just get into it already. In fact, now that I’m getting ready to launch a book tour and I going to visit some kindergarten classrooms and possibly a home for children (all while in costume) I should embrace this character more than ever. So I am. I’m buying a trench coat. I’m stocking up on glasses and I’m digging out my spy boots from the back of the closet.

Keep your eyes peeled. You might just spy me spying on you in the near future.

why'd I have to go and mess up this shot with my ugly mug?

What I’m really thinking is, why did I have to go and ugly-up that super cute picture of some micro-spies?

Secret Agent Boo

They’re so into the spy thing. It kills me.

Which brings me to my next book: Numbers! I’m slower than molasses in January but I am actually starting on it.

page 1 of my numbers book

page 2

I think I’m going to need help on it. Are there any techie geeks (and I say that in admiration, not jest) out there who would like to help me with my research? I will include you in my end notes! Email me.

me and Bug

Over and out.

Everybody wins!

Guess what? I can’t pick a winner for the Zenry Be-Bop Coloring Contest!!! I don’t know why I always do these contests and think I’ll be able to choose one kid over another. It’s impossible! They are all creative and incredibly cute. Everybody wins!

If you remember, the contest was not only a coloring contest but it was also a creative writing contest. Check out what everybody came up with:

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“He is flying in outer space. He is going to live in space for 20 years then he’ll go home to his family in a tree. The Family Be-Bop has a mother, Caroline, a father, Dormy, and a big sister, Amelia. He likes to eat nuts and cherry pits and dust.” (Sho ’nuff’s kid. I don’t have a name on this one but who cares! This is adorable!)

Zenry Be-Bop Coloring Contest

“He is going to the space ship to go to a plant (planet) called dog and play on a space play ground and meet space dogs.” Kaylie

Colouring Zenry Be-Bop

“It is a space penguin eating an enormous kiwi fruit” Matilda

Yo!

“He needs to ride his space ship. Lots of time it’s dark. Space ship broke so he has to fly. Fly into God’s tummy.” Ethan, age 3

Zenry by Kaitlyn

“He is flying around because he is a bird. And because he lives on the earth is why he has on a space helmet that windes around. He is going to the moon to his space ship. He had landed there and forgot where it was and then he went back and remembered where it was.” Kaitlyn, Age 4

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This one was emailed to me so I’m not sure what his name is or his age or what the story on his Zenry is but check out that water-color technique! That is really good.

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“Floating around and around. And it came from that space ship on the purple planet.” Arwyn, age 5 and 11/12ths!

And… the winners win: A 5-pack of Zenry cards!

Zenry cards

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