Category Archives: writing fiction

No art there yet…

I just saw this listing for Giant Pants on Amazon, a picture book to be released in October of 2017. No art there yet, but I know a great deal about this book. I wrote the first draft almost 10 years … Continue reading

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I rearranged the studio and I’m ready to work again. Sounds silly but sometimes you just have to change things up where you work. And as I work from home I spend a LOT of time in this one room. … Continue reading

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Letters from the Oregon Arctic

8 days and counting since last I saw the green of grass. It’s like Minnesota took a family vacation to the West Coast and won’t leave. Actually how many days has this actual winter grounded Portland metro? How much school … Continue reading

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I’m going to write a book today.

“I’m going to write a book today.” I said to myself, Then sat down and … I tried that once. When I was first attempting to break into picture books, I remember a day in Pasadena where I cleared my schedule … Continue reading

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Plot, Plot, Plot, Plop.

I’ve had many discussions recently about ‘plot’ in picture books. Or the lack of. I speak at schools and picture book events quite often and one of my presentations is about how character trumps plot in picture books these days. (in … Continue reading

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Hey! Winter nice to see you. Not.

Been a bit quiet around here. I’ve been busy and spent a lot of time in airports having flights cancelled. But I’m back just in time to get snowed on. I don’t mind winter, no that’s not true. I’m not … Continue reading

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On our watch

The Earth is dying. Of course it will meet a very permanent end in 3 or 4 billion years, but I think it’s beyond argument that humans have proven they are incapable of caring for the planet (much less a country). But my … Continue reading

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