Most of you know that I edit books for Spencer Hill Press. At the NESCBWI conference in May of 2013, I met this really cool writer when her manuscript was sent to me for a critique. I instantly fell in the love with the story, and after meeting Wendy, I fell in love with the author too. Check out this really awesome cover that artist Lisa Amowitz designed for Freaks of Nature!
Here’s what the story is about:
The global Ebola-X pandemic of 2022 lasted five months, two weeks and six days before a cure could be found. In its wake, it left a generation of psionic freaks who can turn a single thought into a weapon… or worse.
Fifteen-year-old Devon McWilliams is one of those freaks, but instead of some awesome ability like telekinesis or telepathy, he talks to plants. In other words, Devon rates a big fat zero on the scale of cool psychic abilities. Days after escaping from his psionic detainment facility, the military intercepts him. Regaining consciousness, Devon finds himself restrained aboard a military airship headed toward lifetime incarceration or certain death.
Also aboard this one-way flight to doom are six other psions. One of them, a telepath named Bai Lee, claims to have the means to escape. All the others have to do is convince her that they’re worthy of freedom. This is not good news for Plant Boy. The last thing he wants to do is reveal his useless plant-talking prowess to this kill-you-with-a-thought crew. To complicate matters further, he’s crushing hard on Alya, the lovely healer.
Devon knows he must keep his wits about him if he’s going survive this wild ride. And that’s going to be a tricky thing to do around a determined telepath who seems to have a diabolical agenda all her own.
About my author:
Wendy Brotherlin is a screenwriter, music enthusiast and all around geek-goddess. She earned a Masters in Screenwriting at the University of Southern California and went on to write for children’s television including Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Today, she lives in Manchester, Maine with her husband and two little super-heroes-in-training. Freaks of Nature is her first novel.
I made these adorable bunnies from a baby quilt I found at a vintage/junk store in northern New Hampshire. They have rusty jingle bells for eyes and a scrap of homespun for their bow with an embroidered nose, ear and leg. Fill them with lavender for a cute sachet or toss them in a chair as decoration. You could even put a bell in them for a child, just make sure to embroider the eye if you make one for a kiddo.Download the primitive bunny pattern here. And if you like to make rabbits, be sure to check out these patterns!
Last fall I was approached about making a pattern for a character in George O’Connor’s comic BABY illustrated by Griffin Ess of course I said yes! If you aren’t familiar with this comic it is about a baby sea monster who
“stumbles onto the Jersey shore, chaos ensues. Local cryptozoologist, Dr. Trent Headley, sees the monster as his ticket to the fame and fortune he’s always craved. And Detective Frank Welker just tries to survive the day – his last day on the job before he retires.”
How could I say no to that??
So anyway, it was George’s sister who made this request, and after finding the perfect material I got to work. Here is a picture of BABY at the Boston Comicon with his illustrator behind him! You’ll be able to meet BABY at a comicon near you! He’s coming to New Hampshire this month at the Granite State Comicon!
These two little country gentlemen are ready to frolic and play. You can make them from a variety of fabrics. The directions include instructions for jointing the head with safety lock joints, but you have the option to joint the legs and arms with thread jointing instead of safety lock joints. Eyes shown in photo are vintage shoe buttons– there are also directions for needle felting the eyes. Safety lock eyes can be used as well, but there are no directions for those.
These two lovies don’t stand on their own, but will sit on their own. They are 11″ tall. Noses and mouths are embroidered. Patterns and directions for their jacket and pants are included. Wired ears for posing.
Finished gents can be sold for profit– no mass production. Doll can be made for children if safety lock joints are used and eyes are needle felted or you use safety lock eyes.
Sybil stands at 12″ tall and carries her newborn all swaddled up. Easy to follow directions with illustrations and suppliers list.
Shown made from hand dyed wool, but can be made from Dolskin or craft velour as well. Needle felted eyes, dress made from a fat quarter of cotton. Sybil is not jointed.
Limited numbers can be sold for profit. NO mass production.
This pattern is intended for intermediate to advanced doll makers. If you have trouble turning small parts, please enlarge pattern. A set of tiny turning tubes (from Dollmaker’s Journey) are HIGHLY recommended.
Sybil stands at 12″ tall and carries her newborn all swaddled up. Easy to follow directions with …
Sir Tenderheart is a 10″, fully jointed lion. The directions include illustrations and full size pattern pieces. Directions in pattern include instructions for glass eyes, but other methods/eyes can be used. You will find a tutorial for needle felted eyes on my website, www.thedragoncharmer.com.
This listing is for the downloadable sewing pattern only– this is not a listing for a finished lion.
Finished projects may be sold. Please do not give finished lions to children if you have used glass eyes. This lion is child-safe if you use safety lock eyes or needle felt the eyes.
Besides trying to finish up the new sewing pattern for Leif, a character in Hapenny Magick, I’ve been working hard trying to finish the dummy of Bedtime for Little Owl to send it to the interested art director that I met at the New England Society for Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators conference. Here are a few new sketches! And I promise after BEA to have some new sewing patterns out!
A little double marketing effort here with this new t-shirt design for Hapenny Magick, Tangled Magick ( the sequel out next year) and the game, Hapenny Magick: A Troll’s Afoot. Not to mention that Pat Ann outdid herself on the illustration! You can buy a t-shirt for yourself or a little Hapenny you know through Redbubble.
I spent much of this weekend working on the first illustration for my story Bedtime for Little Owl. It isn’t quite complete yet, but it’s finished enough to get your feedback, and show you the sketch it started from.
Why did I start with this panel? Well, actually, it was the only one I had all the fabrics for already =0) The rest of the fabric arrives on Thursday!
The picture to the left is the sketch I did for this illustration.
A new faerie and her baby just finished! She needs a name– if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!