I was a horrible gossip

The personalities and traits of each bird in my Treetop Love Series are drawn from people I know and my own. Out the twelve birds, the last bird my peeps would associate with me is Stewart.

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Stewart is a reformed gossip. He was never malicious. He was simply a collector of tales. The problem was, they weren’t necessarily his stories to tell.

I am definitely not a gossip now, but as a child I was. Like Stewart it was never my intention to be malicious. Rather, I felt I didn’t have stories of my own to tell.

I was a very solitary child. I spent endless hours in my bedroom painting, drawing, sculpting, and reading. When I was outside, I would sit for hours on a hill cloud watching.

This was fine until I started going to school. I desperately wanted to fit in, but my cloud watching did not match the stories the other children were telling: sports, trips to Disney, camping, social clubs, siblings and associated shenanigans.

I was really good at observation — from all that cloud analysis — so I absorbed their stories. I would then retell them. This, however, got me into trouble as they weren’t my stories to tell.

Although I never associated this behaviour with gossiping, I instinctively never felt good about it. This ickiness was reinforced by the other children getting mad at me.

By my early twenties, I had my own stories to tell. Having three children by age 24 will do that. I also vowed never to tell other people’s stories, although I would slip into old patterns until finally shedding them completely in my mid-forties.

People fascinate me. With more than a half century of observation, I have come to see that we are all far more similar than unique in our thoughts and actions. A bard speaks to these patterns, and as Stewart learned

The world absolutely needs storytellers to point out our strengths and weaknesses such that we are inspired to learn and grow.

Through the Flock I get to be a story teller. May we all learn and grow through them.

~ Eliza

 

 

Pre-Order for Book and More!

SQUEEEEE! This is it! My Treetop Love Adventures book is ready for pre-ordering.

Treetop Love Adventures: Meet the Flock

Here’s the exciting book details:

  • 6″ x 6″ of high gloss art & story yumminess
  • 12 original Treetop Love Bird art illustrations
  • 12 associated delightful stories
  • $30 Canadian + $7 shipping (US & Canada) or $10 International

Treetop Love Adventures: Meet the Flock

This is a fun and affordable way to enjoy all 12 of my bird illustrations. But wait! There’s more!

For each book you pre-order you get a 5″ x 7″ quality durable print of a Treetop Love bird of your choice ($8 value) for free!

Treetop Love Book and Pring

Perfect for framing for yourself or giving as a gift. But wait! There’s more!

SQUEEEE … this is just too much fun!

For each book you pre-order, you will also be entered into a draw to win the complete set of 12 prints (value $96).

Treetop Love Bird Prints

I am accepting pre-orders through May 23. Your parcel will go in the mail May 24, which just happens to be my 55th birthday. What better way to celebrate than to send the Flock out into the world?

“How do I pre-order, Eliza?”

To place your pre-order, complete the form below. Remember to pick out your free print(s) as per the below Bird Chart. For each each book you order, you get a print. 1 book = 1 print; 2 books = 2 prints … you get the idea. I will then email an invoice to you through Square which you pay online. IMPORTANT NOTE: payment MUST be received before midnight May 23 in order to be eligible for the free print(s) and to be entered into the draw.

Treetop Love Adventures Flock

You can expect to receive your invoice within 48 hours. Please check your ‘junk folder’ if you don’t see it, and if it is still missing in action absolutely email me at eliza@yourcreativeflow.com

Thank you so much for your order. Whether you see yourself, family, or friends in one of the birds, or simply fall in love with the flock, this art and storybook is sure to delight and inspire.

Thank you for joining us in the Treetop Love Adventures.

~ Eliza and the Flock

 

Like having a baby

I love getting parcels in the mail. I consider them to be prezzies, even if the contents were purchased by me. Yesterday’s parcel, hands down, was the best I have received in my life.

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“What, Eliza? What was it?” 

A book!

But not just a book. MY book. Written and illustrated by me! ERMAGAWD!

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I squealed with glee extracting the book from the package. I grinned like a fool walking back to the house. I sat on the couch and held it lovingly. And then …

… I burst into tears.

It was like having a baby. Okay, not really like having a baby. I had three, and literally speaking this was nothing like having a baby. But roll with me here. The stages of publishing a book have definite similarities.

Stage 1: Contemplation – “Gee, I should write a book someday.”

Stage 2: Other People’s Insistence – “You should totally write a book!”

Stage 3: Resistance – “No way. I am so not ready to write a book.”

Stage 4: Decision – “I am totally going to write a book.”

Stage 5: Realization – “Holy shit! I am writing a book!”

Stage 6: Labour – “Frig, this is a lot of work!”

Stage 7: Delivery – “It’s here! ERMAGAWD it’s here!”

Which leads to me sitting on the couch, book in hand, crying …

Stage 8: Angst – “I did it! Now what on earth do I do with it?”

See? Just like having a baby … without the morning sickness, weight gain, and labour pain.

The crying didn’t last long, and I am back to excited. I can’t wait to share it with you all. This copy is the proof, so first I need to make sure all my i’s are dotted and my t’s are crossed.

Next week I will have further exciting news … because there is more than just the book.

“What?!”

I know! It just keeps getting better.

Stay tuned!

~ Eliza