• Book of the Week

    STARGAZING by Jen Wang STARGAZING is a middle grade graphic novel that captured my heart right away. Like other middle grade memoirs, Jen Wang taps into deeply personal emotions that resonate with the reader despite having different life experiences. And her art fits seamlessly with the dialog, striking just the right notes at just the… Read more

  • Inktober 2022

    Inktober went much better this year. In case you don’t know what it is, Inktober is a challenge to create one piece of ink work every day in the month of October. There are prompts for each day and people all around the world participate. It’s like NaNoWriMo –which I rock– for visual artists. I’ve… Read more

  • Learning to Draw: Starting at the beginning

    I’ve been teaching myself to draw through books, mostly, but still felt like I was missing some key fundamentals and I wanted to be able to ask the instructor questions. So, I finally found a class that I could take that let me go at my own pace, ask questions, and that didn’t cost me… Read more

  • First Tri of 2019 Season

    June 1st dawned with a summer thunderstorm. The last month rained almost non-stop and remained below 70 degrees F, which is unusual for a typical May around here. But race day’s forecast was warm and sunny. So, my first thought upon waking was, “no, no, no! It’s not supposed to rain!” My second thought was,… Read more

  • Storystorm Follow-up

    If you read my last post, you know that Storystorm is a picture book idea challenge that takes place every January and that I pledged to participate this year. (If you didn’t read the post, now you know.) I am happy to report that I completed the Storystorm challenge this year and it was easier… Read more

  • Storystorm 2019

    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) bridged my dream with an actual, attainable goal. Writing a complete manuscript gave me the courage and confidence to believe that I was a writer and that I could become an author if I learned the business and trained hard enough. While working as a librarian, I discovered the fantastic… Read more