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Delight is a wonderful feeling to have! Had it tonight while we spent time with our wonderful granddaughters! It’s much harder for me to draw, especially when I’m yawning! Painting yet to come!

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Finally Martha is listening to her heart and starting to have her ‘a-ha’ moment! And finally I get it done before midnight! Sleep well, Slab and Slug and Martha Julia Agnes Adele.

The Hillock Holds the Stories

One thing I have learned about how my brain works is that it forgets many things that pass through it! Perhaps this is because SO MANY ideas go through it at lightning speed! and my brain storage system can’t possibly hold them all! nor does it know what storiess will need which ingredients. That’s where The Hillock comes in!! My sort of brain needs concrete, reminders to recall old images that have passed through it. The Hillock has provided a ‘container’ to hold magical ideas and artifacts that at some point can come alive as important ingredients for stories. Characters are also emerging faster than I can write them!

I’m so grateful for my walks with our dogs, even in times when my brain bubbles ideas that my body doesn’t have energy to carry forward! And also grateful for how time takes the ingredients of ideas & inklings and mixes them into a stew of stories! Years ago when I was dealing with intensely chronic pain from Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses, I did a lot of walking and wandering… On hot, buggy days I’d end up at Goodwill just puttering and spending coin-amounts on little ‘idea relics’. Then over years a few would end up in my pocket on a walk with the dogs, invariably finding a place in The Hillock. This little metal owl and a roughly welded simulation of a nest of sticks, found a place in the fork of two branches of a large cedar, actually, the cedar that eventually became Potter’s tree!

And now, perhaps 7 or so years later, Old Cedar and the Wise Old Owl have become key characters in helping Martha Julia Agnes Adele find her shoe!

I just LOVE how Life leads me back and forth from Inklings of Intuitive…seemingly useless ‘pickups’ at Goodwill to Ideas that become Important Ingredients in Stories that I had no Idea would Evolve! HOW does this happen?

THESE are the moments when I’m so grateful for the crazy-nonstop wise brain that I have! (BeLIEVE me! There are also times when I wish I could STOP some of my off-the-wall, seemingly superfluous thoughts…and either REST or have a logical, normal one, for a change! Today, I’ll embrace GRATITUDE and all the benefits of creative connections that come with it!

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This illustration was a little difficult for me! But hopefully it will help me remember the gist of things! I imagine a true illustrator could express this much more clearly.

This story about Martha was written about 6 years ago. Over the years I have revised and edited it along the way. It’s the illustrations that take me so long since drawing and painting are things I have had few lessons to help me! I mostly have a degree in trial and error for me! Sometimes I write planning notes for myself, like I did on this page. AND often some of the directions I give myself either would show up ‘off the page!’ or would need more expertise than I can muster with my little fingers! Here were my directions to myself:

Drawing tips: Martha is steadying Potter ‘on top of’? Slug as they ‘hobble’ towards Potter’s Tree, which is also not far from OLD CEDAR.

Potter has his hurt knee riding on Slug’s back and is hobbling with his other foot on the ground, assisted by Martha who is leaning to help but also hobbling herself.

Up high in the distance at OLD Cedar sits OWL, half awake, and half asleep, with one eye shut and one eye open. His head is turned to the side, and he’s ‘rubbing one eye?’ with his wing-tip.

As it turned out…only owl’s feet and wingtips made it into the picture, which makes it hard to see one eye open and the other almost asleep, or to see him tucked under his wing. Oh, well, Owl doesn’t really show up til the next page! So a sneak peek is okay with me for now!

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Martha Julia Agnes Adele is realizing she’s not the only one who’s got shoe problems. It’s Slab’s turn now! Meanwhile, I’m trying to remember to leave some faded space in my painting to reserve a place for text to go! Will need to work on this! Only about 8 more pages to go to find this shoe!

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Can you find the visiting Ladybug who landed on todays painting? She landed once on the fairy’s nose, but then found a bit of nature that she like more! I’m finally getting enough of a painting done to move on! Tomorrow’s page got really complicated. Be ready for some paste-ups! Hurray for finishing early today! Now to push ahead!!! I’m worried Martha is going to get blisters if she doesn’t hurry and find her shoe!

Can you find the Live Ladybug who flew into the painting?

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Getting going again with this seems harder than before! The story is finished all 29 or 30 pages! Just always more ways to edit. It’s the drawings and paintings that are taking so long. Just to get a drawing done took me most all of today! So painting will need to be tomorrow. (Learning to just STOP for a day, even if I’m not finished.) That’s really hard for me, but I’m too good at wearing myself out doing it the other way! Learning when enough needs to be enough. Hopefully, in the end it’ll be worth it to not burn out. We’ll see!

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Have you ever lost a shoe for 5 whole years?! Well, that’s been how long it has been since Martha Julia Adele has been looking for hers! (actually it has been 6 years since she tripped and fell and started searching in The Hillock for her shoe!”

I took a really long sabbatical from working on her story to help find her shoe! I COULD chalk it off to letting distractions like Six Wonderful Grandchildren being added to our lives! or all the other writing and creating I’ve been doing without posting. Thank goodness Martha Julia Agnes Adele is a timeless soul whose foot doesn’t outgrow the shoe she is seeking!

If you’ve forgotten the plot of this story and want to follow it, I invite you to go to my categories list and click on Martha Julia Agnes Adele and start reading it ‘backwards? or should I say forwards? from my first posting to the present…pgs 1-17. Don’t worry, Martha Julia Agnes Adele….I’m back on the journey with you at The Hillock, and WE WILL FIND YOUR SHOE!

Letter to Martha Julia Agnes Adele

Martha Julia Agnes Adele
Your adventure’s on hold, so sit for a spell.
This writer’s hands got busy and full.
With Life’s awesome moments of push and pull.

My focus has become quite kaleidoscopic….
It’s been very hard to stick to one topic.
With grandchildren nearby, it’s been time for playing
And …tweaking the studio where ‘Grandmom’s staying.’


Diapers for young and diapers for old…
Clothes to wash and clothes to fold.
Stuff to organize and people, too.
Suddenly there seems SO much to do!

I’m keeping a lookout for my ‘writer’s pen…’
Somewhere underneath this life that I tend.
The brushes and colors that give you your life
Are somewhere hidden ‘neath each joy and strife!

Martha Julia Agnes Adele…                                                                                Please wait my return as you sit for a spell.                                                            I’ll meet you someday & we’ll find your shoe!                                                 Right now I have this LIFE to do!

The unknowns and losses you’re pondering there                                                                                                           Are no different at all from the ones in my hair!
As I unravel these moments beyond all belief,
I know it’s the stuff of a writer’s relief.


For under it all we are learning to trust                                           When the time is just right, we’ll see through this dust.
The words will come clear, the brushes will show…
That the shoe that you lost is what’s helping you grow!

All that we need is what’s before us today
To guide us and glide us towards our path on our way.
Meanwhile …practice tying your other shoe! And I’ll practice the things that I need to do! Love, Mossy Me!



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I’m eager to keep going with Martha’s adventure, even though my health is holding back the intensity of my work for a few more days. So for now, I’ll post pages with photos of the actual places at The Hillock, and I’ll need to paint them later. I’ll miss not having the characters in the scene, but they’ll make it there eventually!

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