Thursday, July 20, 2017

Time to Play

Summer. So hard to get everything done.

Friday, June 30, 2017


Just finished reading STORY GENIUS by Lisa Cron. What a superb book on novel writing. 

She digs deep, getting to the meat of the novel, beginning with your protagonist's misbelief and how this is essential to everything you write. 

She explains how to use scene cards, plot points, and brain storming ideas. Plus so much more. I give it 5 stars and so will you.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

New Project, New Excitement

Started on a new project. A picture book I've been working on in my head for some time. It's still in its infant stage, but I can't wait to see how it fills out.

Found some exceptional books to guide me as I work though my 600 word manuscript. Everyone should have them close by.

 How to Write a Children's Book by Eve Heidi Bine-Stock  Check out all three volumes! All excellent!

 Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Still taking time to play with my new water soluble crayons- Neocolor ll. Kind of tricky but oh so fun.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Too Much Fun With My New Neocolors II

Just got my new Neocolors II and are they ever fantastic. So user friendly and colorful.

Spending a little time playing and getting to see exactly how much I can push them.

There are lots of youtube videos on how to use them, if you need a little help.

Check them out and you'll find all sort of amazing things they can do.
So much fun!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Illustrator Intensive with Paul Zelinsky

I've finally finished my middle grade novel.
But now the fun begins. Anxious to meet the great Paul Zelinsky and learn from his vast experience.

Monday, November 14, 2016


Found a neat blog I wanted to share with you.

 Playing by the Book is a blog that reviews kid's books and other fun stuff.

Besides these thoughtful reviews, I discovered their list of TED TALKS linked to children's books.


I did.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pitch It

My critique group is getting together for shop talk, food, and a sip of wine this week. Our assignment-- to bring a great pitch for the project you are currently working on.

I found an excellent pitching formula from Jessica Sinsheimer on Twitter this week. 

"MC wants to   GOAL but can't because of CONFLICT 

so s/he does ___________ which results in ___________________."

Is this great or what?  

She has 28 retweets and counting, so others think so too.

Thanks Jessica------

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Short Break Before Starting the New Novel

Time to read, sketch, take long walks, and do a little gardening.

Revisiting several of my favorite books

Stephen King's - ON WRITING

Blake Snyder's - SAVE THE CAT

Cheryl B. Klein's - SECOND SIGHT 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Wow, Revision Surprizes

Yes. Things to tighten, things to cut out and things that I'm not sure why were there in the first place. 

But cut I will.
Cut I must.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Revise and Resubmit

So a picture is worth a thousand words.
And since I'm so deep into a final revision and resubmit with a looming deadline,

I'm leaving my two pals here.

Hey, they are not rats but white squirrels --

Oh, but it is going fantastic and I hope to be back in a few weeks.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Writer's Rumpus, so worth it.

I came upon the blog,  WRITER'S RUMPUS 

Such a talented group of writers and illustrators, providing so many tips and information that I couldn't resist passing it on. Wow. Take a peek at the Writer and Illustrator Resource page.

Worth another cup of coffee and afternoon study.