January 29, 2012 § 2 Comments
January 27, 2012 § 6 Comments
Here I go – continuing to follow the dream. For the last twenty-five years I’ve illustrated other writers’ stories (wonderful ones – yes! – I’ve been fortunate to be blessed with such work) and finding it harder and harder to sit and focus to write on my own. ‘If I just had some clear time’…’If I could just say no’…’If only -‘ etc. The truth is, these are pretty weak excuses. Nothing is holding me back but me. The time is now and here is the perfect way to get going forward:
Developed by Julie Hedlund, children’s book author and freelance writer, to improve her picture book draft count in 2012…inspired by children’s author Tara Lazar and her great idea – PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) – to come up with a picture book idea a day during the month of November when the annual NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) takes place.
Julie’s 12 x 12 in ’12 is a writing challenge to bring twelve picture book manuscripts to finished FIRST DRAFTs – one manuscript each month – in this year – 2012…which means my first manuscript should be wrapping up to an ending in four more days. Whoo-hoo! Here I go! Like the enthusiastic writer in Linda Silvestri‘s Official Participant badge above.
January 24, 2012 § 2 Comments
January 23, 2012 § 2 Comments
The Dragon has come round again. The goodcharacters.com is a great site to learn how to pronounce and write this greeting – and many more – in Chinese. Then go to Beth Johnston’s site – Teas Etc – to learn more about your animal characteristics in her generous article on the subject. Dragon is the 5th sign of the lunar calendar…and it’s MINE! No, I’m not egotistical at all…. Last but not least, heck out the puppet maker, Folkmanis, Inc. Maybe they’ll have a puppet of your zodiac sign.
May this year be full of luck & prosperity for you!
January 20, 2012 § 2 Comments
Finally drove out in the melting snow for groceries but what I really want are the Eggs Benedict that Dennis Widman makes at the Azure Gate B&B in Tucson. As I write this (9:15 pm) it’s 70 degrees there. In my fantasy life I hop the earliest morning shuttle to SeaTac airport and catch the first non-stop. I make it there for breakfast. Maybe lunch. How about Sunday Brunch?