Great interview with Roberta Lavadour over on Oregon's PBS site. I love her books, but the most heartening thing about the interview for me, when she talked about not being able to plan things first. She says that for her, working with the materials and going through the process is what produces the book. It's nice to hear someone of Roberta's expertise say this, because it's how I always feel about the books (few as they are) that I've done. Like her, I can't draw or paint (not very well, anyway) and the materials suggest the book themselves through trial and error. What I plan often seems to work out differently from what I intended. One of my problem with coming to art bass-ackwards (i.e., not through art school) is that I'm always worried about doing it "wrong." Intellectually, I know there's no "wrong" way to do it. It either works or it doesn't. But the organized little rule follower in me freaks out all the time when I do this. I suppose part of it is that "credentialed" vs. apprenticeship model, where going to school for a degree is pitted against learning by doing. I've done my writing the same way, via apprenticeship mostly (my degrees are in English, not writing), but I'm a lot more confident about my writing, even though I've been making some kind of art almost as long as I've been writing. So it's good to see someone I consider a real pro working the same way I do, and having come to it the same way.