Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in Review: My Family Inspires Me

© Sylvia Liu
I am so grateful that 2014 was another creative year with much support and friendship from so many fellow creatives. Last year, I talked about my creative communities, like my picture book critique group, fellow mentees from the Nevada SCBWI mentor program, and 12x12 friends.

I still have those wonderful people in my creative life. But today I'm going to talk about the people who are the very closest to me:

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Introducing Create One a Day

© Sylvia Liu

As an illustrator, I know that the best way to improve my craft is to practice every day. So last week, inspired by my friend Teresa Robeson, who has posted One Good Thing every day for over a year, I started a daily creative blog:  Create One a Day.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Susanna Hill's 4th Annual Holiday Contest: Polar Woes

© Sylvia Liu

Here's my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill's 4th Annual Holiday Contest. The rules: write a 350 word or fewer holiday story for kids that involves wild weather. Check out the link for the other awesome entries. Update: I placed 7th in the overall competition! (here are all the results).   

POLAR WOES (338 words)

by Sylvia Liu

The icy water sloshed under the door of Santa’s workshop. Adelaide lifted her felt boot, soaked with melted snow.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

We Need Diverse Books: Graphic Novel Edition

I've been reading some amazing graphic novels recently, and just by chance, they tell previously untold stories from diverse perspectives & historical eras. I didn't set out to read diverse graphic novels - they were books I had heard of because I liked the author, or they were recommended, or I happened to win it through a giveaway. So here are my recent reads, which I heartily recommend:

Middle Grade

Lowriders in Space, by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Raul the Third (Chronicle Books, 2014, reviewed ARC)

Lowriders in Space is a fun and fast read about three car-obsessed critters, Lupe the Impala (a mechanic), El Chavo Flapjack Octopus (a car washer), and Elirio Malaria (a mosquito detailer) who work for an oppressive garage but dream of opening their own.