Monthly Archives: August 2013

Learning How Not to be a Parent

My wife And daughter recently took a trip leaving me at home with the dogs and time to catch-up on work and house repairs. It was a vacation that I was really looking forward to. It was the first week … Continue reading

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We don’t need no stickin’ rules! Actually, they are pretty good.

With Elmore Leonard passing a few days ago I’m seeing his ‘ten rules of writing’ posted all over. And I want to join in and post them too. 1. Never open a book with weather. 2. Avoid prologues. 3. Never … Continue reading

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The Process of Creation – of a book. By Me.

The Process of Creation – of a book. By Me. First, you get an idea for a picture book. Then you realize it’s not a good idea. There is no ending. Hope to get another idea. You get another one! … Continue reading

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Take me out to the ball park…and read to me!

David LaRochelle reading How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans at the St. Paul Saints game! That’s a big book cover.

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We don’t need no education…or do we…

I’m leading a workshop here in Portland in September for the SCBWI focused on picture books. I’ve spoken at SCBWI events in the past on particular issues. Last year at Illustrator’s Day in Los Angeles I spoke about electronic books … Continue reading

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People will sell their mother before giving up on pay TV…

“People will give up food and a roof over their head before they give up television,” Fox COO Chase Carey told analysts and investors. Wow. Has there EVER been a better reason to think about canceling Pay TV services than … Continue reading

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Every time you open a book, a tree screams.

Q: How many trees does it take to make an average picture book if that book is printed on paper and not released as a digital edition on the iPad? A: It is estimated that a single ‘average’ tree (at … Continue reading

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