January 29, 2012 § 2 Comments

. . . can be daunting – or enticingly creative & exciting . . .

Find the Heart

given there’s a Heart that sings for you at the core of each choice you make.


12 x 12 in 2012: Picture Book Writing Challenge

January 27, 2012 § 6 Comments

Badge by Linda Silvestri

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:

12 x 12 in 2012: Picture Book Writing Challenge

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.

Dragon Pause

January 24, 2012 § 2 Comments

Dragon looks a little worn out from this angle so we’re taking a break – a pause to refresh reboot renew the fire – reconfigure our design’s desire. Not for long. Just enough to cool and rise again through the steam. May your days have paws’ pause – a restful liveliness.  – Pierr

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

January 23, 2012 § 2 Comments

Red Dragon Puppet © Folkmanis(R) Hand Puppets - perched on my very own crystal ball

The Dragon has come round again. The 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!

Still Winter

January 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Eggs Benedict

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?

Chef Dennis Widman's Salmon Eggs Benedict - Azure Gate B & B - Tucson - May 2010

Post Card from the Bluff

January 19, 2012 § 4 Comments

Wish You Were Here!

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