Walking the dog today


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See you in February!

If you’ve ever heard me speak at a conference you probably heard me recite this quote. And i’m not a huge ‘quote guy’. But This applies to every creative endeavor equally including writing and illustrating picture books.

“I can’t tell anyone how to write a screenplay because the truth is that anything of value you might do comes from you. The way I work is not how you work and the whole point of any creative act is that. What I have to offer is me, what you have to offer is you.”

Charlie Kaufman

I am preparing for the SCBWI conference I’m speaking at so my mind has been preoccupied with things to say about the creative process.


But, I will also be at the West Linn Public Library on Monday, February 27th at 3:30 with Sandy Asher (author of Chicken Story Time) and we will sing duets and talk about our time as songwriters in Nashville. Wait. I’m kidding. We will talk about writing picture books. I will do some drawing and we have a book giveaway planned. So be there or get wet outside where we are on day 54 of rain with over 97 inches in February.


What if you say, “I can’t make it Monday! I have a brain transplant and I’m the attending surgeon.” Well how about SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26th at Green Bean Books!?  Sandy will read Chicken Story Time, I will draw some pictures and if you buy a book you can get us both to sign it! Yeah! An author and illustrator signing!


See you inside, out of the rain!

You can see more of my work at my portfolio on Behance.

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Not So Happy Presidents

Here is a postcard I sent out as a marketing card years ago. But there are always new readers here so maybe you haven’t seen it before.

Happy P Day!





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Great Review for Great Barbarians.

Reading a review of ones work is an interesting dilemma. Sometimes reading a review can make you feel great and sometimes it can ruin your day/week/month and cause you to wonder why you didn’t go to law school.

I try to not read them, but I usually end up reading them. I’m not strong!

Sometimes they are rough. After reading a particularly critical one I stopped reading reviews for 2 years. But I’ve gotten over it … as long as I don’t read THAT review again.

 Here is a new review for Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians at Shelf Awareness.


It was brought to my attention (Thanks Amy!) and I admit I did read it. And you know, it’s a very good review for a book that I think is very good!

A good way to end the week indeed.

You can see more of my work at my portfolio on Behance.


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SCBWI in Oregon

It’s too late to sign up for one-on-one crits and manuscript reviews but you can still attend a day with an editor from Dial, an author, a picture book agent and me.

It’s like a dream come true, right!?

Get more info here about the Picture Book intensive sponsored by the SCBWI on February, 25th.


Sign up and learn ALL there is to know about the world of picture books. OK…maybe not ALL there is to know…but it’s likely you will learn something. I promise to tell you how NOT to do picture books because I’ve probably done everything there is wrong at some point.

See you next week!

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Online Chaos

I have given up on at least half of the ‘must be on’ online social media sites or whatever they are called this week. Pinterest, Tumbler…there’s at least 4 more that I just don’t have the time or energy to pursue. Here are my thoughts on where I still am.

Twitter reminds of of the kid who sat next to me on the bus in 4th grade and would never shut-up. Wait, they may have been me. It’s OK, but I feel overwhelmed and find myself paying less and less attention to it. I was also given a Twitter for Dummies book for Christmas by friends. That is the book I needed. But hey, follow ME anyway!

Facebook is chaos and you never know who is watching, reading, looking, friending you or unfriending. Like? Not so much. I’ve also made a mess as I combined my ‘professional’ persona with my personal. So I’m pretty sure any ‘fans’ I have on Facebook get to see me chatting with my brother and sister and sharing dog pictures. Not what I want honestly.

Linked -in is the very lonely cousin of Facebook. It’s got a dedicated group of guys telling people how wonderful they are at building businesses YOU’VE never heard of. And sharing quotes from other guys who built businesses you’ve never heard of.

Blogs…I am a blogger (obviously) but there seems to be a slow unraveling of interest in blogs. I still enjoy reading a couple dozen different personal blogs from time-to-time, but in general I think blogging will slowly turn into Geo Cities or My Space. Yeah, I’m old.

Your personal Website. So 1990’s right! I recently switched over to a host and build platform. It’s handy as I don’t have to spend days editing HTML to update the site or correct spelling. I don’t control ALL of the design, but then again I didn’t before. I had to work within the constraints of my technical skills or the technical skill I could pay for. So it’s a draw. I still think it’s important to control ones online presence by having your own website. I am not happy turning over all my contacts with people to Facebook.


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Great, Now We’ve Got More Posts on Barbarians!

Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians is on the loose! 


I should add Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians is a picture book and it’s available to be bought and traded and sold and bartered with as of today.


How ’bout those cute little barbarians!

 In recognition of its release today , February 14th, 2017 (it seems like something else is going on today…what was it?) I’m posting some additional art from the book and some rough sketches not used in the book.


rough sketch of title page art


illustration rough not used in final book


Get a copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or find a a copy at a local book seller at IndeiBound

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