Thursday, March 01, 2007


The Shellless are Hidden to everyone but Jirst. He's the only one who sees them.

Today, I dropped the first three chapters of SHELLLESS in the mail. I sent it on its way to become one of the many manuscripts wishing to win the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Work in Progress grant.

Shellless is the story of Jirst Bluefin the First as he tries to overcome his biggest problem, being ignored. After befriending Kacela Middleton, the one person in the world who is never ignored, Jirst discovers that it’s better to be ignored for no reason than to become popular for the wrong.

An Excerpt:

“Shellless?” she asks. “What’s that?”
“They look sort of like please-me-saurs. Like the lochness monster only the lochness monster is fake.”
“Do you mean plesiosaur?”
“Yes, but I call them Shellless 'cause they look like turtles that lost their shells.”
“And you talk to them?”
“They talk to me.”
“They talk to you?”
“Yeah, they are friendly.”
Kacela is looking at the pond again. She turns back real fast.
“So you communicate with imaginary, extinct plesiosaurs?”
“Shellless.” I have to correct her.
“And they are your friends?”
“Yeah. Most days.”

Wish it luck!!


C.R. Evers said...

wishing you luck!

steve said...

Very cool Ian. I really enjoyed the story and the idea of a shellless turtle resembling a plesiasaur. Best of luck to you!

studio lolo said...

Good luck Ian! I'm a member of SCBWI as well. Excellent story idea and love the illo. Part of me wants to see Jirst swimming in one of your water towers though because you paint them so well :)

Brine Blank said...

Very the sketchy feel and colors....wish you well on the project and award....

nicole falk said...

very beautiful work

Karen Lee said...

good luck to Jirst, the Shelless and you - karen

Heartful said...

Oooh!! Fantastic! Good luck!