It's been about a year since Thane and I self-published A NEW HEART, the first children's book that we wrote and illustrated together. (Get a PEAK INSIDE OF THE BOOK if you haven't seen it!) Now that I've had some time to reflect on what creating a picture book from scratch entails, I can say with total certainty that the experience is QUITE formative. It required an incredibly daunting amount of work, and there were lots of long chunks of time when it stood at a standstill. I constantly struggled with the thought that it was an impossible task, that I might as well give up while I was ahead since it was never going to get done anyway! But, by the grace of God,