Friday, February 27, 2015

Interview With Michael Blackbourn

I have wanted to interview Michael Blackbourn for some time now. I had to be patient, because it's so much more fun to interview a person after their book is out. Well guess what? Michael's book is now out!

I personally love stories about magical beings. Elves, Mermaids, Unicorns and Seelies are some of my favorites. Michael Blackbourn's new book, "Cindercast: A Tale of Tides" is all about a Seelie on a wonderful adventure. Don't know what a Seelie is? Read on to find out!

Also be sure to pick up Michael's book today (Friday) because the Kindle version is free all day long on Amazon! Missed it free? It's still a great price. And the pictures! Oh goodness the pictures are lovely!


1. Why Fantasy?

Thanks for asking, and thanks for the interest in my book. The answer to that question is a little complicated. It's easy to classify Cindercast: A Tale of Tides as fantasy but I'll let you in on a little secret, it's not. It's actually sci-fi in a tiny bite-sized package. My protagonist is a ten-year-old girl who is the size of a grain of rice. Everything else about her world is pretty much the same as ours. The change of perspective allows for some pretty interesting adventures where you can hide from the rising tide by inside a barnacle, or be blown away by a great gust of wind. Crabs roam the tidepools as giant monsters and the only sign of us (the big people) are bits of technology, waiting to be to be discovered, washed up on the beaches.

2. Are you a Seelie or an Unseelie?

My little people are named Seelies. I struggled for quite a while trying to find the perfect name for them that wasn't 'little people'. Sea imps was something that lived on for too long in the manuscript until a search into faeries found me the terms Seelie and Unseelie. The Seelies were the helpful spirits, and the Unseelies were the mischievous ones that would ruin your day. I grabbed these names and the Seelies became the little people... and the Seelies refer to us, the big people as Unseelies. But my story isn't about a clash of the sizes, that story has been told many times before. In Cindercast: A Tale of Tides the story stays with Ollie, a Seelie, and her struggle to survive on the beach and find her way home.



3. Finish these thoughts:


I wish...

I had really, really long arms. I would hook my toes under a rock or something and reach way, way up and grab the moon to try and slow the earth's rotation speed. It never seems like there is enough hours in the day to accomplish what I want.

I'm hiding...

Nothing. But I could hide if I wanted to. I was a paratrooper before becoming a visual effects artist and now an author/illustrator. I spent years with that green camo makeup on my face. Trust me, if I wanted to disappear I would just need to find a place that sells that green stuff in civilian-land and I'd be good. Don't ask me to hide when the stores are closed.

The ocean...

Is the reason I wrote this book. I spent my childhood camping at a sandstone covered beach on an island. It inspired the world of Cindercast. What if you had to run and hide, sheltering between tides. Instead of worrying about day and night, the receding and rising tide would be your major concern. With two high-tides a day you would always be on the clock to get to the next place of shelter. In my book Ollie comes up with come creative solutions when she gets cornered by the rising water.

4. What makes your work special?

The thing that makes my work special is that really, at it's core, it's about something normal. The scenes that play out in my book are things that anyone can go see. Go to a beach, lie down on your belly and look. There is a whole alien world playing out between the tides. I did exactly that while I was doing research for the book and put a borrowed macro lens to good use, getting tons of images for reference. It's a beautiful place we live in. Our oceans are important, I wanted to communicate that to our kids.

5. What is your ultimate goal in life?

Life is window of opportunity. You only have so long to influence the world and the lives of those you love. My ultimate goal would be to make the most of that time. To not squander the unique ability to have a dream and then act on it, and make it real.

Follow Michael:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What's Up Wednesday! February 25

I hadn't intended to stop posting after Tuesday of last week, but this is what happened. I am almost done with moving things and am almost done with cleaning. OH, GOD THE CLEANING! I also have a whole boatload of things left to unpack, but should have time Thursday to get some serious drawing done!

Interview Schedule:
February 27th - Michael Blackbourn IT WILL BE EPIC!

WHAT I'M READING
A few pages here and a few pages there of almost every book I unpack. I have to look at every title as I put them on the shelf (a self imposed restriction). I'm noticing a lot of books I forgot I had!

WHAT I'M WRITING/DRAWING
I've got two new ideas for picture books... now if I can remember what they are and get them down on paper before they fade. Also being a bit erratic when it comes to mediums I'm using in my artwork. Tried using colored pencils and I hate it. Why did I use to love it so much? Funny how things change.

Every Day Possible
Drawing all the things!

Wed 02/25 What's Up Wednesday! Post. Done! Getting rid of a couple of big furniture items. 

Thursday 02/26-  DOING ALL THE THINGS. ALL OF THEM  WILL BE DONE!

Friday 02/27- Interview with Michael Blackbourn!

Saturday 02/28- Running away from home.

Sunday  03/01 - Crying tears of joy, because all of the moving will be done this day. Then I will be crying tears of unpacking pain.

Monday  03/02- Maybe I'll be in a sleep coma today? No? I can dream. 

Tuesday  03/03 - Looking for the magic organizing fairy.

Wednesday  03/04 - What's Up Wednesday! If I'm still alive.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
"Locking" myself in my art room. Even though there are no locks and people come in often. This soon shall change.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Toddler Minding 
Anyone want to buy a slightly used 4 year old?

Ect.
If I die from moving will I still get my deposit back?

*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.

Friday, February 20, 2015

No Interview Today

There is no interview today, sorry! I posted the interview early this week here: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/02/interview-with-rita-goldner.html I posted it early because I wanted to give Rita Goldner her best chance for her Kickstarter. The more days the post is up the more chance people have to see the Kickstarter! I will be posting a new interview next Friday with Michael Blackbourn!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! - Day 8 - Last Day!

Today is Day 8 and the last day of The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! I just read Teresa's blog post and I'm in tears. I know, I'm a big sap (I blame the birth of my son for that). Teresa is right. The books that we created between Kindergarten and High School were not bad, they were awesome! I hear of so many people say they aren't good at drawing or writing. All of us here weren't great writers or illustrators when we started. It's amazing how far you can go with a lot of passion and practice.

I want to take this moment to thank every single person who donated their time and effort to making this blog hop possible. Becky, Marcie, Mandy, Sylvia, Rachel, Annina and Teresa are such wonderful people and I'm so honored to know them all. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I know we are all destined for great things!

Feb 9  - Dani Duck http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day-1.html
Feb 10- Becky Fyfe http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day2.html
Feb 11- Marcie Colleen http://writeroutine.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-seeds-of-my-dream-bad-picture-book.html
Feb 12- Mandy Yates  http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/mondays-with-mandy-or-mira
Feb 13- Sylvia Liu http://www.sylvialiuland.com/2015/02/My-Early-Writings-and-Drawings.html
Feb 16 Rachel Elizabeth Cole http://rachelelizabethcole.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop.html
Feb 17 Annina Wildermuth https://allmycharacters.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop/

You are here -> Feb 18 Teresa MI Schaefer http://www.teresamischaefer.com/#!The-Bad-Picture-Book-Blog-Hop-Beginnings-and-Endings/c1hi3/D425A4D8-3007-436C-B708-8999DFDED75C

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Interview With Rita Goldner

Today I'm having a special interview on a special day. I am interviewing Rita Goldner today Author and Illustrator of the book "Orangutan: A Day in the Rainforest Canopy". The reason why I moved the post today is that Rita is running a Kickstarter for this very book and she needs your help! She is almost 50% funded and has 14 days left to go!

Rita created this book to help educate about animal extinction and the importance of the rain forest. There are fun facts written throughout the book. Her book is beautifully illustrated as you can see from the paintings at my blog. Check out Rita's Kickstarter here, but not before you read the interview!

Dani: Why did you choose to focus on Orangutans in your story?

Rita: I've been a plein air painter and sketcher for years, and spent a lot of time sketching animals at the zoo. The orangutan family were great subjects, and as I became more interested I started doing research and realized how serious their threatened extinction is.


Dani: What's the silliest thing you've seen (or hear of) an Orangutan do?


Rita: I saw them at the zoo putting pieces of cardboard on their heads like hats. I learned later that it's a natural behavior to put a big leaf on their heads to shelter from rain. The zoo didn't have huge leaves, so they gave them sheets of cardboard from boxes.


Dani: Finish the following thoughts:


I need to express how urgent the plight is. I hope my book engages young readers with the natural world and endangered species. If they learn to love and respect orangutans, maybe they can make a difference in the future.

Animals are not for entertainment, but to be respected and cared for.

If only people would realize that the world's ecosystems are all intertwined, and each species depends on the others.


Dani:  What's special about your work?

Rita: My educational background is Elementary Education with a concentration in Art. So when I started writing and illustrating pictures, I felt a real connection, both with the kids and the illustration. My pictures are colorful and whimsical, and in this particular work, I kept the story upbeat. I don't want to upset kids with a problem they can't help now. I just want them to learn about orangutans and the rainforest, so they'll help when they grow up.



Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?

Rita: To help change the world for the better through education. That sounds kind of vague, but my specific goal now is to get this book printed and distributed. Toward that end, I've launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing. The kickstarter page has a video with sample pages, and an explanation of the project. It's a community effort from animal-lovers on all levels. Please check it out at this link: http://kck.st/1zsJVWe

The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! - Day 7

Today is the Seventh day of the The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! I can't believe it's almost over! Imagine if all that bad stuff you did in elementary or high school was up for everyone to see. That's basically what we're doing here. Posting our Picture Books from High School or before! I am the organizer of this blog hop and will keep you up to date each day as to where to go next.

Here is the list of stops. I'll be adding new links throughout the week so you can check out the actual posts.

Feb 9  - Dani Duck http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day-1.html
Feb 10- Becky Fyfe http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day2.html
Feb 11- Marcie Colleen http://writeroutine.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-seeds-of-my-dream-bad-picture-book.html

Feb 12- Mandy Yates  http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/mondays-with-mandy-or-mira
Feb 13- Sylvia Liu http://www.sylvialiuland.com/2015/02/My-Early-Writings-and-Drawings.htmlFeb 16 Rachel Elizabeth Cole http://rachelelizabethcole.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop.html
You are here -> Feb 17 Annina Wildermuth https://allmycharacters.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop/

Feb 18 Teresa MI Schaefer 
http://www.teresamischaefer.com/

Monday, February 16, 2015

The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! - Day 6

Today is the Sixth day of the The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! We took a break for the weekend, but now we are back in business! Imagine if all that bad stuff you did in elementary or high school was up for everyone to see. That's basically what we're doing here. Posting our Picture Books from High School or before! I am the organizer of this blog hop and will keep you up to date each day as to where to go next.

Here is the list of stops. I'll be adding new links throughout the week so you can check out the actual posts.

Feb 9  - Dani Duck http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day-1.html
Feb 10- Becky Fyfe http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day2.html
Feb 11- Marcie Colleen http://writeroutine.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-seeds-of-my-dream-bad-picture-book.html

Feb 12- Mandy Yates  http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/mondays-with-mandy-or-mira
Feb 13- Sylvia Liu http://www.sylvialiuland.com/2015/02/My-Early-Writings-and-Drawings.htmlYou are here ->Feb 16 Rachel Elizabeth Cole http://rachelelizabethcole.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop.html


Feb 17 Annina Wildermuth https://allmycharacters.wordpress.com/
Feb 18 Teresa MI Schaefer 
http://www.teresamischaefer.com/#!The-Bad-Picture-Book-Blog-Hop/c1hi3/5A91D616-0D6C-43A3-AB6D-DC3D6103557E

Friday, February 13, 2015

Interview With The Devilish Tatum Flynn

I am so sorry I'm so late posting this interview this week. I just remembered it was Friday a few hours ago!  

I love it when books travel far from the norm. I especially love fantasy stories that aren't all about the normal fairies, mermaids and princesses. (Those can be fun as well.) I especially love it when I find a person who is writing stories that I would have loved to read as a kid. Bonus when these are books that are for the MG -YA level. I find that there are far more books now that understand the minds of kids (maybe partly because there are just more books). 

I would have loved to read Tatum Flynn's "The Devil Diaries" when I was young. Her second book in the series. "Hells Bells" is set to be published January 2016 by Orchard Books! 

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Dani: Why devilish kids books?

Tatum: The Devil told me to do it. Oh and possibly also because I have a fondness for funny mixed with scary, and unusual fantasy worlds, and because kids are the best people in the world to write for because they really LIVE their favourite stories.

Dani: Are devils truly evil?

Tatum: Some are. Some aren't so much. And certain twelve-year-olds really wish they were but just can't seem to get the hang of evilness no matter how hard they try, and keep accidentally ending up with kitten gifs instead of deadly computer viruses, or rainbows instead of napalm...


Dani: Finish the following thoughts:

1. I can't...

Gee, thanks. Now I'm thinking about all the things I can't do, like sing or marry Jason Momoa or make cakes without them coming out looking like overused bath sponges. Let's settle for 'I can't wait for my book to come out', although I'm actually quite terrified about it so that's not *entirely* true.

2. Writing is...





3. I'm always...

that friend who tells you to Do The Thing. Meanwhile I'm probably in bed with a stack of Calvin and Hobbes, Not Doing The Thing.

Dani: What's special about your work?

Tatum: Um. I'll leave that for my readers to decide. Though The D'Evil Diaries *is* the only kid's book set in Hell, featuring Lucifer's youngest son, a dead circus girl, a demon sloth, and carnivorous carousel horses that I know of, so there is that.

Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?

Tatum: Yikes. Now I feel like I'm at a Christmas party with all my relatives. *hides behind sofa petting cats* To be happy, and for my books to make other people happy, I guess.

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Bio: Tatum Flynn lives by the sea in England with a cat called Friday and too many hats. She has a soft spot for the word ‘ramshackle’, and a vagabond past which involves piloting lifeboats in Venezuela, playing poker in Las Vegas, shooting rapids in the Grand Canyon and almost falling out of a plane over Scotland. Her debut, THE D’EVIL DIARIES, will be out from Orchard/Hachette on the 2nd April 2015, with illustrations by the brilliant Dave Shephard, and a sequel, Hell's Belles, will follow January 2016. Find her on Tumblr (sometimes) and Twitter (far too often).

The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! Day 5

Today is the Fifth day of the The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! Imagine if all that bad stuff you did in elementary or high school was up for everyone to see. That's basically what we're doing here. Posting our Picture Books from High School or before! I am the organizer of this blog hop and will keep you up to date each day as to where to go next.

Here is the list of stops. I'll be adding new links throughout the week so you can check out the actual posts.

Feb 9  - Dani Duck http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day-1.html
Feb 10- Becky Fyfe http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day2.html
Feb 11- Marcie Colleen http://writeroutine.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-seeds-of-my-dream-bad-picture-book.html

Feb 12- Mandy Yates  http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/mondays-with-mandy-or-mira

You are here -> Feb 13- Sylvia Liu http://www.sylvialiuland.com/2015/02/My-Early-Writings-and-Drawings.html

Feb 16 Rachel Elizabeth Cole http://www.rachelelizabethcole.com/
Feb 17 Annina Wildermuth https://allmycharacters.wordpress.com/
Feb 18 Teresa MI Schaefer 
http://www.teresamischaefer.com/#!The-Bad-Picture-Book-Blog-Hop/c1hi3/5A91D616-0D6C-43A3-AB6D-DC3D6103557E

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! Day 4

I feel bad today. I'm behind with the blog hop! Today is the Fourth day of the The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! Imagine if all that bad stuff you did in elementary or high school was up for everyone to see. That's basically what we're doing here. Posting our Picture Books from High School or before! I am the organizer of this blog hop and will keep you up to date each day as to where to go next!

Here is the list of stops. I'll be adding new links throughout the week so you can check out the actual posts. 

Feb 9  - Dani Duck http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day-1.html
Feb 10- Becky Fyfe http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day2.html

Feb 11- Marcie Colleen http://writeroutine.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-seeds-of-my-dream-bad-picture-book.html

You are here -> Feb 12- Mandy Yates http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/mondays-with-mandy-or-mira
Feb 13- Sylvia Liu www.sylvialiuland.com

Feb 16 Rachel Elizabeth Cole http://www.rachelelizabethcole.com/
Feb 17 Annina Wildermuth https://allmycharacters.wordpress.com/
Feb 18 Teresa MI Schaefer http://www.teresamischaefer.com/#!blog/c66p

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! - Day 3

Today is the Third day of the The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! Imagine if all that bad stuff you did in elementary or high school was up for everyone to see. That's basically what we're doing here. Posting our Picture Books from High School or before! I am the organizer of this blog hop and will keep you up to date each day as to where to go next!

Here is the list of stops. I'll be adding new links throughout the week so you can check out the actual posts. 

Feb 9  - Dani Duck http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day-1.html
Feb 10- Becky Fyfe http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day2.html

You are here ->Feb 11- Marcie Colleen http://writeroutine.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-seeds-of-my-dream-bad-picture-book.html

Feb 12- Mandy Yates http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/mondays-with-mandy-or-mira
Feb 13- Sylvia Liu www.sylvialiuland.com

Feb 16 Rachel Elizabeth Cole http://www.rachelelizabethcole.com/
Feb 17 Annina Wildermuth https://allmycharacters.wordpress.com/
Feb 18 Teresa MI Schaefer http://www.teresamischaefer.com/#!blog/c66p

What's Up Wednesday! February 11

Moving is still going on, so my life is crazy. I'm behind on everything except moving. The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop is in full swing right now. Marcie Colleen has her post up now  I will be making a post right after this so you can see the whole blog hop!

Interview Schedule:
February 13th - Tatum Flynn
February 20th - Rita Kelleher Goldner
February 27th - Michael Blackbourn

WHAT I'M READING
All my son's books. ALL OF THEM AT ONCE!

WHAT I'M WRITING/DRAWING
I'm in need of catching up this week. I was not able to get much done last Thursday. The move is quite distracting and a lot of work. I'm hoping tomorrow I can start to gain ground. 

Every Day Possible

Dummy and coloring book work.

Wed 02/11 
What's Up Wednesday! Post... DONE! Marcie Colleen has posted her "Bad" Picture Book for the Blog Hop today

Thursday 02/12-  Dummy work. Mandy Yates is posting her "Bad" Picture Book for the Blog Hop today

Friday 02/13- Interview with Tatum Flynn. Moving electronics and other major mistakes. Sylvia Liu is posting her "Bad" Picture Book for the Blog Hop today

Saturday 02/14- Moving more big stuff today!

Sunday  02/15 - Moving Stuff or cleaning stuff. Boring either way.

Monday  02/16 - Cleaning and finding all the magical dust bunnies. Rachel Elizabeth Cole is posting her "Bad" Picture Book for the Blog Hop today

Tuesday  02/17 - TAKING THE DAY OFF and spending time with friends! Annina Wildermuth is posting her "Bad" Picture Book for the Blog Hop today

Wednesday  02/18 - What's Up Wednesday! Teresa MI Schaefer is posting her "Bad" Picture Book for the Blog Hop today

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
I love my friend Dan Burke's video cast "The Daily Art Show". I find it very inspiring and helpful to listen to when I'm working on my artwork. He's a really great guy to chat with as well.  Check out his YouTube videos here: and if you like those then consider supporting him on Patreon so he can continue making great videos. https://www.patreon.com/danburke 

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Toddler Minding 
If I'm not alive tomorrow it's because the children got me!

Ect.
Moving is a workout in itself... add a workout to that and I'm dying!

*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! - Day 2

Today is the second day of the The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! "Bad" as in Picture books that were created in High School or before. This blog hop is just for fun and giggles. I am the organizer of this blog hop and will keep you up to date each day as to where to go next!

Here is the list of stops. I'll be adding new links throughout the week so you can check out the actual posts. 

Feb 9  - Dani Duck http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day-1.html

You are here -> Feb 10- Becky Fyfe http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day2.html

Feb 11- Marcie Colleen http://writeroutine.blogspot.com
Feb 12- Mandy Yates http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/mondays-with-mandy-or-mira
Feb 13- Sylvia Liu www.sylvialiuland.com

Feb 16 Rachel Elizabeth Cole http://www.rachelelizabethcole.com/
Feb 17 Annina Wildermuth https://allmycharacters.wordpress.com/
Feb 18 Teresa MI Schaefer http://www.teresamischaefer.com/#!blog/c66p

Monday, February 9, 2015

The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! - Day 1

Today marks the first day of The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! "Bad" as in Picture books that were created in High School or before. This blog hop is just for fun and giggles. I am the organizer of this blog hop and will keep you up to date each day as to where to go next!

Here is the list as it stands right now:

Feb 9  - Dani Duck http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/
Feb 10- Becky Fyfe http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.ca/
Feb 11- Marcie Colleen http://writeroutine.blogspot.com
Feb 12- Mandy Yates http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/mondays-with-mandy-or-mira
Feb 13- Sylvia Liu www.sylvialiuland.com

Feb 16 Rachel Elizabeth Cole http://www.rachelelizabethcole.com/
Feb 17 Annina Wildermuth https://allmycharacters.wordpress.com/
Feb 18 Teresa MI Schaefer http://www.teresamischaefer.com/#!blog/c66p

Here is my book in it's entirety! This was done by me in the 9th grade. The title is "Pewe's Wonderful Adventure" I laugh every time I read this story. Many of the characters were drawn from comic book characters. Some of my reference drawings were less reference and more literal. I believe the first picture was taken directly out of a book with a few additions (which is not something I would do today).

This story was typed and then cut and pasted to the book. It had a cardstock cover with the cover illustration affixed to it. The cover was bound by buttons and wire (my mom's idea) and the pages were put into plastic inserts. 

There were so many mistakes in this book so I welcome you to find them all. I had a kitten that looked like the kitten in the book, so I used her for reference. She was a tortoiseshell cat, so she could not be male. On to the book!























Saturday, February 7, 2015

Old Art

Monday starts the "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! Keeping with the theme of the blog hop I wanted to show you some old work. Most of this is college work except the first cat painting. That one was done a few years ago. I find it's fun to see other people's old work to see how far they've come. 









Friday, February 6, 2015

Interview With Rachel Elizabeth Cole


Rachel Elizabeth Cole knows when something is fantastic, you must hold onto it for dear life. In this case that something fantastic is Middle Grade Fiction. If you haven't read a lot of Middle Grade Fiction you should. Some of the work there is more ponient and intelligent than work for adults.

Since Rachel loves this age group for fiction she can't help but write it herself. Her Middle Grade book, "The Rabbit Ate My Homework" is one that I'm going to have to add to my collection soon. It's not because of the rabbit, but who can resist a book with a cute fuzzy rabbit? You should add it to your collection too!

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Dani: Why middle grade fiction?

Rachel: Middle grade is my favourite age category and contemporary humorous middle grade fiction is my favourite genre in that category. I have probably read more middle grade books than anything else. When I started writing middle grade four years ago, it was a bit like coming home.

Dani: Why does it rain?

Because science. But it doesn't mean I have to like it.

Dani: Finish the following thoughts:

1. My first story... I had published was a short story I wrote in grade five called I Wish I Was Three Inches Tall. My teacher chose the three best in the class and published them in the local newspaper. I was a published author!


2. I can't remember... not being able to read. My kindergarten teacher told my mom I was an odd child because all I did was sit in the corner and look at books. My mom told her, no, I was reading them!

3. Life is... full of ups and downs. Enjoy the ups. Try not to get too discouraged by the downs.

Dani: What's special about your work?

Rachel: I'm probably the wrong person to ask about this! My parents could probably tell you, though!

Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?

Rachel: To live forever. So far, so good.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What's Up Wednesday! February 04

Been working hard getting things cleaned at my new place today. I'm so very happy to have lots of room at my new place. I'm also very happy to be getting rid of a lot of junk!

Next week will start my "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! Me and several of my writer and illustrator friends will be sharing their picture books from High School or earlier. Monday I'm starting everything off so look forward to that. I also will try to post some old artwork this week keeping with the early works theme. These works will likely be from college and beyond, but I'll see what I haven't shown yet!

Interview Schedule:
February 6th - Rachel Elizabeth Cole
February 13th - Tatum Flynn
Don't worry, I'm working on getting more people to be interviewed soon!

WHAT I'M READING
I haven't been reading much this week. I'm behind on a few things. I'm hoping I'll have lots of time to read soon.

WHAT I'M WRITING/DRAWING
I did a fair job last week with my artwork. I did some quick sketches for a dummy I'm working on. Only problem is they mostly need re-worked quite a bit. Dummies don't have to be perfect, but they do have to have drawings (or sketches) that are all worked on evenly.

Every Day Possible
Dummy and coloring book work.

Wed 02/04 
What's Up Wednesday! Post... DONE!

Thursday 02/05-  Working on refining my current dummy!

Friday 02/06- Interview with Rachel Elizabeth Cole. Moving big stuff today!

Saturday 02/07- Moving more big stuff today!

Sunday  02/08 - Possibly moving things around in my new place or cleaning my current place.

Monday  02/09 - Cleaning and finding all the magical dust bunnies. Also the "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop starts today! I will be posting my bad picture book blog today. 

Tuesday  02/10 - TAKING THE DAY OFF and spending time with friends! Becky Fyfe will be posting her "Bad" Picture Book on her Blog today! 


WHAT WORKS FOR ME
My friend brought me two cups of coffee today!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Toddler Minding 
David and his friend Sebastian ran around the new place screaming bloody murder today. They both live.

Ect.
Working out. I'm so very tired right now!

*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.