The positive feedback and enthusiastic response I got from those lovely editor folks in London has inspired me to go back and have another look at some of my earlier story ideas. I have quite a few things on the boil, but I think I had rather lost confidence on that front recently.
It's interesting: when you revisit ideas after time away, different paths forwards are often clearer to see. When work is freshly created and you're close to it - either an illustration or a text - it seems so 'set in stone' that changes are hard to make and new answers almost impossible to spot.
During my recent trip to Dean Clough with author Caryl Hart, we were talking about this and she gave me some excellent advice. Caryl recommended that, instead of sitting at a keyboard, trying to pull ideas out of my reluctant brain, I go into the garden and either sit quiet or get on with something not too taxing, like gardening, and my ideas would start to flow.
So, I have been doing just that and I think it's working (Thanks Caryl!). I haven't been eating worms I promise - these are all just illustrations from different story ideas I'm mulling over afresh.