“[Molly] stood very still, neither weeping nor laughing, for her joy was too great for her body to understand.”
-Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn.
I have wonderful news 🙂
Today I signed a contract with Conlan Press. Yes, the company who publishes Peter S. Beagle’s books. This partnership started a few months ago, but I wanted to wait until it was official to announce it. Not too long after I’d posted When Spirits Weep, a self portrait which was inspired by Peter’s book A Fine and Private Place, I received an email from Connor Cochran, Peter’s publisher and manager. Connor asked if I would be interested in joining forces and working with them, and possibly on some upcoming projects of Peter’s. I had to read the email several times to make sure I wasn’t dreaming or imagining it. Once I was sure the email really was real, and really was saying what I thought it was saying, I burst into tears. Sobbing, noisy tears of joy. As soon as I could compose myself, I wrote Connor back saying yes, I would be interested.
You all know how influential Peter’s works have been for me. How they inspire me, not just in my art, but they help me navigate life. I spoke at length about this just the other day. I would have been excited to have been approached by any publisher, to get to work with any author. But to have it be Conlan and Peter is just beyond anything I could have dreamed.
For the moment, I can say that Conlan will be marketing and selling images of mine; both ones that have a direct connection to Peter’s work, and others that they simply enjoy. This is just the very tip of the iceberg, but I will save announcing other collaborations as they arise. It is extremely safe to say that I am over the moon with excitement about ALL of them.
I am struck quite mute by the greatness of my joy and excitement, so I will leave you with some images collected on Pinterest which express my feelings better than any words could.
No creatures can express joy as purely and vibrantly as dogs can. I am very excited to see where this partnership leads. 🙂