Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What! I am writing a picture book and it is taking over my brain!


Okay, so I have been consumed with writing a picture book and I have neglected my blog. Sorry folks. Days are just running into each other.  I am currently illustrating 2 books for authors and my brain is on overload. I found a new love for writing and I am really taking the time to learn all I can. It is amazing how much thought goes into one. And revising and revising! I am reading every book I can and I am just now in the last week of a 5 week Web Course. Phew! all in one breath! 

Children's Book Academy Craft and Business of Writing Children's Picture Books e-course! Please check it out the website. www.childrensbookacademy.com 

 Each day is jam packed with so much information and everyone is so wonderful and supportive. For an illustrator you get to see the other side for a change. 

This course was given by Mira Reisberg. She did have other wonderful people who helped out:  Sudipta Bardan-Quallen and Mandy Yates.

So to take a break and get back to my own self I did a small sketch. I will always fall back to illustrating.:) And hope that someday I will accomplish having my own book in hand to share with the world. One that I write and illustrate.

And, when this course ends I do hope that I will find others who would like to start a writing critique group. If anyone has a group that is open to a novice :) illustrator/writer and willing to deal with maybe some whining and her pulling her hair out. I would love to hear from you! ha ha

Have a great weekend all! I would love to catch up and hear from you. If you stop by leave me a comment and say hi! :)

10 comments:

  1. Exciting! Can't wait to see the fruits of your work in book form!! I am doing the same - illustrating a book for an author, but doing my own writing on the side (which is on the side of my day job! Ugh!!!) Keep up posted on your progress!

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    1. Not sure if you get this! But woohoo! so excited for you also! And you are writing! yay! That is great! please give me a heads up so I can cheer you on! Oh, and would you like to chat about writing and critiquing, bouncing ideas? I would love to form a group of illustrator/writers trying to capture the dream! let me know what you think?

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  2. I am in no way an expert, but am always available as a sounding board! :)

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    1. oy! you think I am. No! but thanks! that would be great! :D

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  3. Congratulations on your exciting project! Your wonderfully whimsical and fun expressive style is perfect for putting to words. Love the girl and her cute beastie!

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    1. Ah, thanks so much Cindy. You are quite awesome yourself! Now all I need to do is find a critique group that will get a chuckle from a newbie they will allow in their group! :)

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  4. Whoa! Illustrating two books and writing your own and taking an e-course? Man, that is wow! I take my hat off to you, sistah. I can't wait to see your finished projects! I've always dreamed of putting together a picture book. I checked out that e-course website, and it looks great. Quite intensive! Oh, and did I mention how much I love your header? So much color and energy. It's phenomenal! Good luck with your projects!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Bella! So good to see you here! Yes it was quite a lot for my brain. It is a great course and well worth the money. I learned so much. It is over now and I am actually missing it. :( YES! I hope to see your picture book someday! That would be amazing! :) Always love your work!

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  5. Hellooooooooo, Ann!!!! So wonderful to see you again! The books you've illustrated look absolutely marvelous! They're so cute and eye catching. And I hope your own picture book is coming together well. Thank you so much for cheering me on for my project. I'm nervous and apprehensive, but ready to take on the challenge. Hope you're having a swell weekend! :D

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  6. OH! Hi Bella! Thanks so much. You are so sweet! Actually I am really trying to work on my writing. :) It is a whole other banana! not easy! I find it easier to look into the words others have written and illustrate that easier. If that makes sense. I come up with ideas for stories and it is not an easy task to put all the pieces together.
    I would check out Nerdy Chicks Write they have a blog and a facebook group. They are so talented and they have a free FB Kidlit Summer School going now it is all free advice and great to hear how others deal with writing obstacles. The other one was a good experience but I would if I were you go to this & it is free! can not beat that! This group has so many writers involved who are so supportive and answer all questions. Go for it! I will be here in your corner cheering you on! :D I know it will be wonderful!

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