15 + + + Minutes of Fame

April 28, 2013 § 6 Comments

Walking the steps to the front door I heard whispers, “Is that Pierr Morgan? I think that’s her. No, that’s not – It’s her!  It’s Pierr Morgan. Look! She’s going in.” Then inside, “We just saw Pierr Morgan!” Wow. What a welcome – then, as if I had any doubts, signs all over the school, this huge one suspended from the front entry ceiling.

Whitson Elementary 4th graders traced and decorated their hands to welcome me.

Whitson Elementary 4th graders traced and decorated their hands to welcome me.

I’ve been doing school visits around the country, bringing my show-and-tell life to students on how I became an illustrator of picture books, since 1989. I’ve had way more than my allotted Andy Warholian 15 minutes of fame. Each visit is usually all day, presenting to up to five times, 45 minutes to an hour each, these days in smaller groups of 100 students at a time in a cozy library setting.

Whitson Elementary, in White Salmon, Washington, is the first school I’ve been to more than twice. I visited 15 years ago, then 10, and was thrilled to get an email this February from Pam Garrett again! – Librarian Extraordinaire & Winner of the 2006 Washington State Golden Apple Award. (Click  HERE  to see the YouTube video KCTS9 made especially of Pam and the book world she’s created in White Salmon.)

What an honor to be at Whitson and so welcomed by the staff and students all over again. And Jenny, owner of the stellar local independent, Waucoma Bookstore, in Hood River, provided books for sale at the school. THANKYOU !!! for a wonderful day I will always remember.  xo Pierr

I bring original art and poetry from my school age years to storyboards and book dummies and sketchbooks to show-and-tell how I came to illustrate children's books. The second portion of each presentation is always reserved for students to draw and write something of their own.

I bring original art and poetry from my school age years to storyboards and book dummies and sketchbooks to show-and-tell how I came to illustrate children’s books. The second portion of each presentation is always reserved for students to draw and write something of their own.

Only a quarter of Pam Garrett's fabulous library at Whitson Elementary in White Salmon, WA.

Only a peek at Pam Garrett’s fabulous library at Whitson Elementary in White Salmon, WA.

Pam led K-4 students for several months of study of Chinese New Year through their art.

Pam led K-4 students for several months of study of Chinese New Year through their art.

Pam Garrett, Whitson Elementary School LIbrarian

Pam Garrett, Whitson Elementary School LIbrarian

22nd Annual Writing & Illustrating for Children Conference

April 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

trusty 1970 Hermes 3000

trusty 1970 Hermes 3000

Starts today! and goes through Sunday at the Marriott Redmond Town Center in Redmond, Washington. Check out the regional news of SCBWI Western Washington … and the National SCBWI Summer Conference.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

April 12, 2013 § 2 Comments

Bainbridge Island Ferry to Seattle

Bainbridge Island Ferry to Seattle

You gotta get out. See things from a different perspective. I’m behind with my daily word count for Camp NaNo. I know from experience how easy it is to fall back during this month writing challenge, and how crazy hard it can be to catch up. There’s a psychological tweak in the brain where it’s so easy to think – ‘oh, what’s the use?’ – and give up, say to myself – ‘what was I thinking?’  But a walk around the block or a ferry ride off the rock helps me remember everything I love about it. Here I go – to 20,000 before I sleep tonight.

Good luck with yours, too – Pierr

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

April 7, 2013 § 6 Comments

PierrPatio1PierrPatio2My landlords had this sweet patio made for me. Leveled out a section of the sloping hillside under this gloriously colorful camellia tree – I always thought they were bushes having never seen one so tall. It’s helping my Camp NaNo words stay up with the daily goal. Today is day 7 and my count = 11,750 words. Here’s to Week 2! Hope yours is colorful and sweet…(Day 97 Sugar-Free!) – Pierr

April 10 = 100 Days Sugar-Free

4 Pics = 4000 Words

April 5, 2013 § 17 Comments

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