Well, I have good news and I have bad news.
I’ll start with the bad news first because it’s always better to end things on a good note. 🙂
Three months ago, I, Micheline Ryckman, injured the shoulder of my drawing arm. The injury has turned out to be more severe than I first imagined. I am still unable to use my arm, for art and even for normal everyday life stuff. I’m headed for more tests, will hopefully see a specialist soon, but my guess is that I still have quite a recovery road ahead of me yet. Which brings me to the subject of Charting Stars. Graphic novels are labour intensive, the first book took me 9 months to complete, and this was working on it 6-8 hours per day, six days a week. I don’t know when, or if, my arm will ever be able to handle that kind of workload again. And I fear the possibility of re-injuring my arm or even permanently damaging it if I tried to work to that extent again. All this to say, there will not be another graphic novel version of Charting Stars in the the near future, BUT the story isn’t over.
Now the GOOD news, Erin Kleveland and I have decided to turn Charting Stars into a full fledged novel which will be released in 2019. (Release date is not yet set.) The novel will include some illustrations, not to the extent that a graphic novel would, but I’ll include as many as I can squeak in. In addition to Charting Stars getting this massive upgrade, I’ve decided to try and publish the YA novel I am currently working on myself, The Maiden Ship. This new book is completely unrelated to Charting Stars, but as soon as I am able to draw even a little, I’ll be so EXCITED to introduce you to the characters more visually. If you are interested, I’ve attached some excerpts and quotes from my newest creative endeavour, I hope you’ll take a peek. I promise to have more info and updates on these two projects in the New Year!