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The hike continues.

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Not Quitting

I’ve noticed a lot of posts on writers blogs, Facebook groups and such on the topic of ‘not quitting’.  It seems to be the topic of the moment. I suspect it is because in these fairly dark times persistence itself is a … Continue reading

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I’m writing a picture book …

I’ve been reading a lot of manuscripts in progress from picture book authors the past few weeks and offering my notes. I offer more questions than ‘what to do’ notes  but I try my best. It made me aware of something … Continue reading

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Chickens and Barbarians

Whew! Been a very busy 4 or 5 days with schools visits, bookstore stops , story times and an awesome SCBWI conference. But now I’m home with deadlines, revisions and notes! Isn’t that the stuff I always talk about!? Chickens, stories and … Continue reading

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Revisions

The next two weeks are for revisions. You know, the things everyone groans aloud at when you talk about them at a conference or student assembly. I have ‘real’ revisions (for projects on deadline with publishers) and what I call ‘personal’ revisions. … Continue reading

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My first picture book, inspired by the movie Jaws?

I suspect the black marker treatment was added long after I had finished the book. This is the first book I remember making. I have a fairly clear memory of writing and drawing this on the front porch during the summer. Of course, … Continue reading

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Oregon weather

This is the time of year where Oregon tests you. If you don’t have the ability to run off for sunnier environments (which is like everywhere else in the solar system except perhaps Neptune…actually I bet Neptune is nicer this time of … Continue reading

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