Saturday, August 10, 2019

Pre-Smart Dummies Starts Now!

Note: All future blog posts will be at my new website: 
If you aren't currently getting emails from my new website please re-register your
email there. You should not get double emails with this list!
To sign up for Smart Dummies go here: and be sure to sign
up for emails!
This year Smart Dummies is going to be a bit different. I’m going to work to make
this more of a community event! I’m hoping we can help each other to make stronger
dummies. Not only that but I want as many people as possible to actually finish their
dummies this year!

What’s leaving Smart Dummies 2019?
Besides being on this new web address Smart Dummies will not be having guest and
likely not prizes this year. I will be removing the calendar from the Smart Dummies
I’ve had to think hard about this, because I don’t have time to run it like I have in
previous years. However I’m hoping what we lose will be regained in new parts of
the event.

What’s Staying the Same?
We’ll still be having critique groups, badges, and the Smart Dummies digital workbook
will be back soon! Weekly posts will let you know what we are doing all week long!

What’s New?
I’m hoping to get a few more people helping out with Process Posts (see below). These
posts will be hosted on other blogs with links from my blog. I’m hoping to have (or find)
answers to all of your Dummy Creation Questions! There will be more action on the
Facebook Group (BTW everyone is welcome to post non-promotional material there).
There is the possibility of a twitter/video chats. And maybe a few surprises. I will be
adjusting the calendar in the Smart Dummies booklet to reflect the different subjects we
are covering.

Process Posts
The post below is something I’ve already posted on Facebook. I’m looking for help
with process posts. Do you have any of these posts already on your blog? Great, just let
me know, send me a link and photo from your post and I’ll share it during Smart Dummies! 
Looking for people who have a technique or process they’d like to share. Your post
about this does not have to be on my blog (but it can be). It can be something from an
old post of yours. Here are some of the subjects I’m looking for, but it doesn’t have to be
limited to these:
  • Turning Public Domain Stories into Picture Books
  • Marking up a Script for Illustration
  • Researching Images
  • Doodling
  • Character Design
  • Character Emotions
  • Thumbnails
  • Loose Page Drafts
  • Preparing Substrates (traditional artists)
  • Any Posts About Technique
  • Anything Else to do with Art or Dummies

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Spring into Writing Starts Today!

Yes, this blog is closed, but I will be posting a few big things this year from this year here. This is one of them! Spring into Writing starts today. You can register here:

If you are receiving this via mail that means you are on my mailing list. I have switched my mail list over to Mail Chimp. You should have received several emails from me via mail chimp. Please check your junk folder to find these emails! I'm trying as hard as I can to fix the problems on my end. I will not be blogging much on this blog this year, so please, please check out my new blog at 

Participant Badge!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

I've Moved!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I've moved! My new blog is on my personal website here: I'm hoping that this will help so there aren't as many problems signing up for events and maybe will afford more opportunities. If you were signed up for my blog you should still be getting blog posts from my new blog, so all you need to do is change over your bookmarks.
I wont be updating this blog much from here on in. I do want to point out a couple of things before I go:

The writing challenge "Spring into Writing" is scheduled to start May 1st. You can read more about the event here: If you already know about the event and want to sign up go here: (I'm still working out the kinks, so comments may not show up right away). The booklet for this event is now available to order here:

Smart Dummies will run again this year! The new landing page for that is Sign up will open late July for Pre-Smart Dummies (August 1st). The main event starts September 1st!

Hope you all join me on my new blog. Great things are yet to come!

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Writing Challenge is Go!

You can now sign up for the new writing challenge below! I'm doing pre-registration for this event just to judge involvement in this new challenge. This event will be on my new blog! You can register for the blog here:

The Writing Challenge will be May 1st - May 31st!

Interested in pre-ordering the Writing Challenge* booklet? Then you can go here: The price is a bit more than the Smart Dummies booklet, but that's because this will be longer in content and the calendar will be for the whole year (instead of 2 months), so you can use it as a planner all year round!

I need help with 2 things! I'm still looking for a name for the Writing Challenge (feel free to post your ideas in the comments below). I'm also looking for ways to make it easier for me to have my Wordpress blog look nice. Right now the post editing isn't pretty. If you have plugins to help allow the words to wrap around images please let me know. Right now the words and images are completely separate! 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

What's in a Name?

I'm not quite done with the downloadable booklet but I have a lot done! I want to have the booklet on pre-sale this week. I didn't quite get the cover done, but not quite! I'm going to be busy tomorrow and I don't want to put the booklet up and start the pre-registration when I know I wont be online to answer any questions. So for now I'm going to announce a contest! 


I need a name for the writing challenge! Winner will get a print copy of the booklet. If you live outside of the US/Canada I'll find some other great way to thank you.

The purpose of the writing challenge is for writers to have fun with their craft. The booklet so far is a bit longer than the Smart Dummies booklet and contains ideas and fun activities inside! I'm hoping to have at least 100 writing prompts for this booklet for those of you who love prompts. I hope to get at least 20 people giving me their ideas, and may close early if I get more than 100 people entering (so get me those ideas fast).  Hopefully I can get everyone's entry by Monday. Give me your best ideas!

How to enter: Just post your thoughts below. You can also enter on posts to this contest, my contact form or in private messaging!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Lady Luck - Kidlit Collage Week 2

I didn't quite finish the inking for this image like I wanted to this week. I've been focused on my new writing event. Also moving my blog onto a more sustainable and overall more easily accessible host. Having some issues with the set up, but hopefully it will be done soon! 

Want to join me  and Christy Ann (@christyillustrates on Instagram) in Kidlit Collage? There is no sign up! Just post your image on Instagram (and other social media) and tag #kidlitcollage. That way we can see your work!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Announcing May's Fun Writing Event!

I'm sure that many of you know that there is a writing event planned for this year, but I haven't been able to say much.

When: This event happens May 1st - May 31st

What: This is going to be a Creativity Event. It will be an event to have fun and do some artsy stuff while working on your craft. You will not need any formal art skills to participate in the event. This will be a relaxed event. The goal will be to have fun!

Where: Since I have so much trouble with Blogger I will be moving my blog to my website. I have to set everything up because I'm switching to Wordpress. I will continue to post major updates to this website during this year, so if you don't switch over you will still hear about Smart Dummies on this blog!

More Info: There will be an early sign up for the event soon. Pre-Orders for the booklet will start sometime next week. There will also be a contest to name the event (winner gets a free print booklet.

I have given Becky Fyfe two copies of the print book to give out during the Chapter Book Challenge (going on now). If you sign up for the event and look out for the post you could win a copy (limited to the US and Canada).

Here is my WIP for the book cover: