Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year 2018: A Giveaway and Some Goals

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Happy New Year 2018!  What are your creative goals this year? Mine are

1. DECLUTTER AND SIMPLIFY my house so that I can

2. FOCUS on my writing and illustrating. Specifically, I hope to finish my MG manuscript in the early part of the year, write/revise 2-3 PB manuscripts, and work on my portfolio.

I can already see the dilemma here, because (1) can be a great time suck of procrastination which could impede my progress in (2), but sometimes procrastination can actually be productive. We'll see.

So if you are in a productive procrastinate-y mood, here is a series of writing articles from one of my favorite authors, Hugh Howey, that gives a great overview of the entire writing journey. He provides great writing and drafting tips, as well as inspiration:

And a giveaway! To celebrate the new year, I'm giving away a signed copy of my picture book, A Morning with Grandpa. 

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Read Local Challenge Party




Earlier this week I participated in a Read Local Challenge Party, at the Point O'View Elementary School in Virginia Beach, VA. This is an effort organized by the SCBWI MD/DE/WV chapter to encourage students to read kid lit authors from MD, DE, WV, DC, and VA.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

School Visit Roundup



One of the most fulfilling things about being an author is visiting schools. I did a number of visits in DC and Virginia Beach last Spring, and I'm just getting around to posting some photos (the schools needed to get permission to share them).

Friday, April 7, 2017

Happy Spring (and Big Catch Up Post)!

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I just realized I'm very behind on this blog, as I've been busy with writing, illustrating, and running Kidlit411 (plus daily life and tearing my hair out reading the news). So I've missed writing my usual round up posts:

1. 2016 Highlights/Reflection 

What a year! 2016 was the year of my debut picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee & Low Books) finally came out. It was a whirlwind of activities and excitement, including a book trailer debut, a blog tour, a book launch party, DC events, and book signing at the ALA Convention. I am truly grateful for the whole experience.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Venn Diagram of Trump's Cabinet & Executive Picks

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I normally post about children's writing and illustration, but these aren't normal times. A handy reference chart for Cabinet and Executive appointment watchers (updated Feb. 17).

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Celebrating and Promoting Diversity in Children's Literature

Lee & Low Books: 25 Years of Diversity

It's times like this when I am so proud that my first picture book is published by Lee & Low Books, the largest publisher of multicultural children's books in the United States. Lee & Low has dedicated itself to creating mirrors and windows for children to see themselves and learn about others since they started 25 years ago.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Meeting

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Just got back from a great weekend in northern Virginia for the annual Mid-Atlantic SCBWI conference. A quick recap:

Friday Illustrator Intensives

1. Workshop with Viking Children's Books Art Director Nancy Brennan 

Before we arrived, Nancy Brennan gave us an assignment to illustrate the opening spread of SURPRISE SOUP, by Mary Ann Rodman, illustrated by Brian Collier (Viking Children's Books 2009). She gave us a working manuscript so the text is not the same as the published text. I came up with this piece: