Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, free at last.
The book art is done…for now.
For those of you following along at home or wherever you are in the ionosphere, exosphere, or whatever sphere you happen to inhibit, you will notice something a little different about my beloved Dudley the flying squirrel—the protagonist in my latest soon-to-be-published picture book. HE'S NOW A SHE!
My editor and I went around and around over what to call this book, and we're still grappling. But for now, the working title (and working cover art) for the book is "Sabrina." It may or may not change. Such is the world of publishing.
How, oh how was Dudley wrested from my grasping clutches? Well, my editor had an idea, and after some angst I had to admit it was a good idea. The scientific name for Northern flying squirrels, which is what then-Dudley-now-Sabrina is, is Glaucomys sabrinus. And so the name Sabrina seemed like a natural fit. I like the idea of having the protagonist be female, even though it doesn't matter all that much in this story. We need more girl heroes in our culture anyway.
So that's that. I still think of her as Dudley, though. Old habits are hard to break.