Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Inktober begins!

Fast and dirty #inktober no.1

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer School

Today is the first day of Summer School aka Nerdy Chicks Rule Summer School 2014 Building Character hosted by the wonderful Sudipta Bardhen-Quallen and Kami Kinard. I am excited to get some writing done, or at least some character building done. If you would like to check it out as well, click on the badge to the right with the cute chick and pencil eraser! (designed by Zachariah Ohora)

Happy writing to all my fellow classmates!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Publication ahead!!

It's been a while since I've posted as I have been a very busy girl with all matters of my life. The most exciting news is that I have secured an illustration job with Islandport Press via the lovely and kind editor, Melissa Kim. I will be illustrating a middle grade chapter book called Azlaela Unschooled by Liza Kleinman. The book is to be released in the Spring of 2015.

This is my first big break, and while it is very rewarding, it is a bit scary. (HA! A whole LOT of scary!)

But you all have convinced me that I will be ok, I have put years of prep work into this moment and I will come out on the other side. I have received wonderful support from all my writer and illustrator friends and from Melissa herself. I could not do it without you all!

More to come as it develops! I have already submitted the cover and will share as soon as I am able.

Wooohoooooo! And thanks everyone!!!

*runs in circles*


Monday, April 7, 2014

April is Gonna be a Doozy!

The month only just started and the panic is setting in, well more like a dull roar in the back of my mind that will get louder each day, much like an alarm clock that you have yet to shut off. This  month I must complete, print and prep three pictures, complete an important sketch (image #4), get new business cards and postcards, and prepare for the NESCBWI Spring conference. At the end of March I signed up for Mati McDonough's 6-wk online course, Daring Adventures in Paint, which starts this week and started a local SCBWI critique group for writers and illustrators. Also, I have to rework and set up my new portfolio (of course it's still red).

I am selling a house, a car, have a booth at an antique mill, work a part-time job 4 days a week as a vet tech, feed and water four cats and two dogs (leash walked at least three times a day), all at home, shuttle my daughter around and try not forget about any of it!!!!

What the hell was I thinking???      (insert wine and chocolate here)

When I received the email this morning for Beth Nicholls' Zen for Ten, I jumped at the chance and signed up. One more thing, sure. It may break me, sure, but I'll take all the Zen I can!

So if you see me shuddering under the table in the corner, poke me with a stick and shoo me back into the light. It will all be okay, even if I have to use the Bat Phone.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Moving....up, onward, over and out!

I've recently moved and I am currently surrounded by boxes in my new studio space for I can't bear the thought of figuring out where on earth it is all going to fit. A new space will mean new thought processing, brain patterns and, hopefully, wonderful new opportunities. It's hard to get out of a rut, creative, personal or just a plain old mud puddle, without a little help. I chose to just go in a blink and with no regrets. We decided to move in about a month and found a new space right away. I still have work to do on my other space as well and I am being pulled in two directions, new vs. old. New is kicking ass right now and I'm finding it hard to even bear the old. New is exciting and fresh and colored differently. Old is dusty, quiet, disheveled and no longer participates in the day.

So with the move has come a hiatus of all things creative, studio wise. Though it's showing up in things like picking out the trash can (it had to be the red one), curtains and blinds (naked is never neighborly), and thinking of ways to incorporate old items into a brand new space. The kitchen, bath and bedroom took precedence and, sadly, the studio is last. But hopefully it will all fit and the creativity will find it's way back to the drafting table and notebook! I've missed them!

Happy New Year to all, may we all find what we want! I currently want to find the carpet in my studio! So what do you want? Go get it and make it yours!