I believe I have finished the text for The Littlest Creature—at least the second draft. At the moment I am teaching myself Adobe InDesign CS6 (again, it’s been years since I last used it) so that I can format it for print and digital distribution, as well as make a nice home-bound copy which I can give to friends and family for a final read-over. I want them to have the full experience, so that any comments they might have are formed in context.
After that, hopefully I will apply any minor clarifications that are needed, and then I will be done—with the standard edition release, that is. I still have a lot of work to do on the illuminated manuscript edition (in fact, I haven’t actually been working on it since I realised the text was still incomplete. It is intriguing how these things mirror life), however I do have what I hope will become it’s cover (right).
As a result, I touched up the raven illustration above, initially only so it would have a crimson eye (matching the text), but was later drawn into a whole bunch of other details which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also repainted what was once a snowdrop (below) into an angled onion. It doesn’t look as white, but when you zoom in it’s a lot more colourful.
When out walking the dogs one day, I found one of these flowers amidst the grasses. It was so beautiful that I suddenly realised what I had initially written in as a “snowdrop” was actually an angled onion, and that the littlest creature’s story—at least its beginnings—was based in Australia.
Angled onions are classed as a “noxious weed” by the Australian Government. Despite this they are edible and delicious, also known as wild garlic, three cornered leek, and many other names. They are also extremely beautiful, and one of the few wildflowers which can peacefully fill up a field with their blossoms.
For those further interested, I recommend looking into Bill Mollison’s, Geoff Lawton’s, and David Holmgren’s work in Permaculture, as well as Allan Savory’s in Strip Cell Grazing. “Weeds” typically move in to regenerate soil health and fertility.
The Dreaming Sentinel