12.09.2016

Oregon Reads Aloud - benefit story collection for SMART



Oregon Reads Aloud is a collection of 25 stories written and illustrated by Oregon authors and illustrators to celebrate 25 years of the SMART organization's work. SMART pairs volunteers with children in need of reading support and books to take home and keep. SMART volunteers read one-on-one with students weekly during the school year, modeling a love of reading and building children’s reading skills and self-confidence in a positive, child-driven environment.

I was so fortunate to illustrate a story for it written by Eric A. Kimmel (the award winning author of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins and loads more excellent books.) Oregon Reads Aloud also includes work by many of my wonderful author and illustrator friends.

Contributors are:
Dale Basye, Estela Bernal, Carmen Bernier-Grand, Kate Berube, Susan Blackaby, Susan Boase, Addie Boswell, Cathy Camper, Curtis Chen, Nancy Coffelt, Carolyn Conahan, Judy Cox, Mark Fearing, Carolyn Garcia, Elizabeth Goss, Kim Griswell, Barbara Herkert, Robin Herrera, Debbie Hocking, David Hohn, Barb Kerley, Robin Kerr, Amber Keyser, Eric Kimmel, Bart King, Jane Kirkpatrick, Gesine Kratzner, Mike Lawrence, Trudy Ludwig, DamienMacalino, Helena Macalino, Abigail Marble, Natalie Metzger, Lisa Mundorff, Wendy Myers, Gina Ochsner, Brian Parker, Valarie Pearce, Dawn Prochovnic, Doug Roy, Elizabeth Rusch, Linda Dalal Sawaya, Heidi Schulz, Stephanie Shaw, Cathy Stever, Sonja Thomas, Katy Towell, Zoey Abbot Wagner, and Johanna Wright.

It's a fantastic collection!

Purchase it in Portland at Powell's Books, Annie Bloom's Books, Broadway Books, and some Fred Meyers. A portion of the proceeds goes back support to SMART!

Purchase it online at any of these places:
IndieBound
Powell's Books
Amazon
Barnes and Noble


12.06.2016

MY LITTLE HALF-MOON cover reveal

Mr John Schumacher's fantastic blog hosted a cover reveal of my next book, MY LITTLE HALF-MOON by Douglas Todd Jennerich.  Ta da!

12.01.2016

The Great Critique - January 28th

I'll be available to critique picture books and illustrations at SCBWI Oregon's - The Great Critique in January. This is a great chance to get helpful feedback on your works in progress! There are a number of other excellent authors available to choose from too!



Sign up and find all the info here: 

Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/28/2017
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location
TaborSpace, Copeland Commons
5441 SE Belmont - Portland, OR 97215
The cost for SCBWI members is $15. For nonmembers it is $25. You must pre-register for this event–no registrations at the door. You must select your mentor when you register–one selection only.
How it will work for Illustrators:
1. Bring up to 5 of your best portfolio pieces.
2. You will be in a group of 5-6 peers and a published illustrator. Make sure you choose your critiquer when you register. Read the faculty bios to see who is critiquing illustrations.
3. Bring 1 color copy of each illustration for the professional. Do not bring originals. These copies will be written on.
4. Bring black and white copies of each illustration for your peers. If the images are small, you may put more than one per page. We will tell you how many will be in your group when registration closes on January 21, 2017.
5. We'll also send you some basic critique group guidelines.
6. At the event, each of you will have a chance to pass your work around to your group. You can share what media you used for each image.
7. Each person in the group will make notes on your illustrations. They'll write down what they like, mark errors they see, indicate what doesn't work for them.
8. The professional illustrator will verbally critique your work. If time, other participants may comment.
9. You'll receive your copies with written comments from each one in your group. Take them home and let the ideas simmer.

How it will work for Writers:
1. Bring a maximum of five double-spaced pages or 1200 words. DO NOT bring more. Use standard manuscript format; see the link below if you are not familiar with that. For picture books, we recommend that you bring no more than 750 words. 
2. Choose your published author critiquer. You'll be in a group with 5 or 6 peers. Choose only one critiquer–make sure you read their bios to see what they are critiquing. You must choose a critiquer when you register.
3.  We'll let you know how many copies of your manuscript to bring to the event after registraion closes on January 21, 2017.
4. We'll also send you some basic critique group guidelines.
5. At the event, each of you will have a chance to pass your work around to your group and read it aloud.
6. Each person in the group will make notes on your manuscript as you read. They'll write down what they like, mark errors they see, indicate where they are confused or what doesn't work for them.
7. The professional writer will verbally critique your work. If time, other participants may comment.
8. You'll receive your copies with written comments from each one in your group. Take them home and let the ideas simmer.

11.26.2016

Indies First Saturday November 26th

Indies First is an initiative to support independent bookstores - read all about it here: http://bookweb.org/indies-first-2016

I'll be at Green Bean Books on Alberta St. in NE Portland, OR Saturday 11/26 from 1-2p. Come by and visit!!!


11.16.2016

The League of Exceptional Writers - workshops for KIDS!





I'll be teaching a free workshop for kids ages 8-18 on May 13th at 2pm. There's some excellent workshops coming up every month until then - Portland parents bring your kids!


More info from Rosanne Parry: 

"I’m very excited to be a part of this partnership between the Oregon Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Powells Books store.The program came about because Oregon authors and Powells share a common goal in reaching out to young writers and encouraging a bookstore going habit in families. Together we’ve created the League of Exceptional Writers, a free mentoring program which meets every second Saturday at 2pm from October to May. 

Each month a different author or illustrator meets with avid writers ages 8-18 for candid conversation about working in the book world, prompts and exercises to work on, and plenty of time for questions.
League meetings are held at the Cedar Hills Crossing Powells where the parking is free and there’s lots of room to spread out and get some real writing work done."

3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005



10.31.2016

WORDSTOCK - Event 11/5 11:30am Portland Art Museum



I'll be reading HANNAH AND SUGAR at Wordstock this Saturday, November 5th at 11:30. There are SO MANY amazing authors presenting at this event. Tickets are only $15 in advance. Head to http://www.literary-arts.org/what-we-do/wordstock/tickets-registration/ for more information and to purchase tickets.

Here's the full schedule for the kid's stage. Green Bean Books will be selling copies and hosting books signing in the same room after each story time. Come for Nikki McClure and listen to my talk while you wait in line for her to sign your books!


8.12.2016

Writing

I'm struggling to write a new book. Often it feels like nothing is happening and I'll never figure out how to make the story come together. But today I came across two things which gave me a little bit of a boost in that they reminded me to be patient. I thought I'd share them here to help me not forget.

"...if you can think of the difficult moments in your life, if you can feel them as that part of the creative process and know that though very painful [...] that it is working, that it is creating, it just isn't the finished product..."
-Corita Kent speaking about how creativity has seasons.  Listen to the full recording here: http://mocacleveland.org/media/artcasts/corita-kent-relates-phases-creativity-seasons

(I came across this on Austin Kleon's lovely blog. Also, I'm thrilled that there's a Corita Kent exhibit opening art the Portland Art Musuem tomorrow! Portland friends - let me know if you want to go see it with me.)


The second thing I came across was this amazing little guy solving a Rubiks cube - so much thinking before action!



6.23.2016

Portland event - First Books fundraiser - Breweries For Books!!!



Please come by Migration Brewing on Wednesday, July 20th and join me in supporting First Book Portland. I'll have copies of both Hannah and Sugar and The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read to sell and I'll donate 10% of my proceeds to First Book. I'll have a little story time and we'll do some fun activities for kids! There'll be trivia for grownups and 10% of your food and drink purchases will go to First Book.

Spread the word and I hope to see you there!

5.31.2016

summertime and the real world



I'm trying a little experiment this summer. I'm taking a social media break! I've deactivated my accounts and erased the little apps from my phone. I'm hoping to spend a little less time sitting at my computer and a little more time out in the world with people. My plan is to take the month of June off and come back in July. Maybe I'll even write a blog post about the experiment after it's all done.... maybe...

Happy summer!

5.06.2016

a HANNAH and SUGAR song!

 The wonderfully charming children's musician Emily Arrow has created a new song based on HANNAH AND SUGAR! She's visiting Portland this weekend and will be performing 3 times.
I'll be at the Atlas Scoops performance tomorrow at 3:30p. I'll bring books to sell and sign and bookmarks too! Here's the set list for that show:


3.18.2016

Hannah and Sugar readers

It makes me very happy to see pictures of kids reading HANNAH AND SUGAR. So far, this has been the best part of making a picture book. Seeing real kids reading MY book! It's amazing.

Emily!

Jojo!

And here's my 90 year old Nana with HANNAH AND SUGAR. She's an incredibly creative woman - she sews, writes, paints, crochets, and crafts and she's always picking up some new project to try. I'm very lucky to have her as my grandmother. 

Thanks for always being an inspiration, Nana!