I invite you to take a trip with me in the way-back machine - to a blog post of mine from 2010: My Picture Book Dummy Confessions. Thanks to whatever search terms I used, this post continues to be read quite a bit. I added an update in the comments but I want to expand on it here.
Back in 2010 I had spent a few years working on a picture book dummy, the first I had completed, and was feeling frustrated that I needed to dig in and change so much. So I would put it in a drawer for awhile, take it out, and work on it some more. In all those years I NEVER gave up on my story. Other stories were written. Other dummies were created and revised (and revised again.)
I forget a lot of things in life, but I remember exactly where and when I thought of the phrase, Too Much! Not Enough! I also remember sitting in a parking lot on an early Sunday morning, annoyed that the coffee shop wasn't open because it was the first time in forever I had been able to leave my infant son to clear my head and work on my story. But I worked in my car and found the bones of my characters and story. I honestly forget most of the revisions and rejections in between. Isn't that something? Because those setbacks slayed me.
Today I am working on final art for my story, Too Much! Not Enough! which will be published by Tundra in 2018. I am actually painting that exact scene from the blog post (which looks quite different!)
I will have a million more things to say about this book soon, but if you are reading this because you are in the thick of making a picture book dummy, I want to tell you this:
Dummy on, people. Dummy on.