First, the treat:
(Yes, it’s actually a sneak preview of the book I’m illustrating for my mother. Way too much going on, and we wanted to have it done by now, but we’re angling for Christmas completion instead. Life does that sometimes.)
And then the trick: A Puzzle Pirates thread from a while back where I show my “tricks of the trade” for how I do this sort of thing. I’ve linked to this before, I think, but it fits nicely here as well. One day, I’ll do another one of these for a piece that I’m working on for the book.
Yes, this is a bit late for Halloween, but when you move to a new house and your internet connection gets lost in the aether, schedules tend to go out the window.