Mr. Not Me Part 3!
It's two weeks overdue but I'm finally bringing you part three of my Mr. Not Me journey! And with it, some exciting news! If you need to catch up with my journey you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
As I mentioned in part 2, Meghan needed to do three things. First, develop the character and choose how he would appear on the page. Second, select an art medium. Third, show character development. But that's not all she did!
Meghan truly did so much more. More than I could have ever expected or dreamed of. I knew this book would need someone special to illustrate and Meghan delivered.
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know I’m crafty. I enjoy being creative in various ways. But, I’m not an artist. There are so many things I don’t know about art, so many things that my untrained eye might miss. But through Meghan’s work, I gained so much insight into the development of art.
One example is how the lighting changes throughout the story. In the beginning, when Mr. Not Me races through the front door, it’s a golden afternoon. As we follow him (and his messes) through the course of a normal day (playtime, dinner, and bed) we see the color and lighting change in the story. Hues of pinks and purples tiptoe onto the page as lights dance on the walls.
Truly, that’s art.
I could go on forever about these gorgeous illustrations, but I think they speak for themselves in the completed pages of the book.
It may have taken an entire year (or more!) of development – sketching, starting over, re-sketching, coloring, and finally delivering a finished product – but the best things come to those who wait. And I couldn’t be happier with this beautiful book.
It was a joy to work with Meghan and I think you'll find the beauty in her art as well as the tender moments in the story.
While Mr. Not Me began as something simple - a recollection of various dialogs and moments in my own home - it grew into something much bigger.
Mr. Not Me is a nod to our family – to all families – who have individuals that frequently eat the last cookie, make a mess, and are just generally unaware of their actions. In our house, we joke and laugh about Mr. Not Me, knowing it’s all in good fun because we realize there’s always more cookies at the store, messes can be cleaned, and we learn from our mistakes. Because, ultimately, a messy house is inconsequential. It’s the little things – time with family and loved ones, the tender moments, and lasting memories – that truly matter most.
Mr. Not Me exists, I believe, in every house. May you take a moment to cherish yours for the years fly by all too fast and soon your little Not Me’s will have Not Me’s of their own.
So now you know the story behind the story! Now it's time for the other exciting news that I promised to share.
Mr. Not Me is officially available for preorder!! Woot! You can preorder the ebook here. The paperback and hardcover are soon to follow! Mr. Not Me releases NEXT WEEK! I hope you grab a copy for your favorite little Mr. Not Me. Plus...next week I'm hosting a launch party with exclusive prizes in honor of Mr. Not Me. Stay tuned for more. Coming November 17th!!
Mr. Not Me doesn’t always notice his own messes. And when he does, he only makes things messier.
As mamma rabbit tries to stay patient with her busy little bunny, it may just be Mr. Not Me who teaches them both the most valuable lesson of all – it’s the little things that truly matter most.
With stunning digital watercolor illustrations, Mr. Not Me is a humorous yet tender tale that’s perfect for sharing with young and old alike!