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Down to the last page of notes...

Last Saturday I attended the New England SCBWI Encore Writer's Workshop. I am 0 for 3 for successful navigations of Providence, but I am inspired and knowledgable from the experience, so I call it a win!

There were a TON of key notes that all authors/writers can really benefit. The workshop had a Middle Grade-Young Adult edge to it, so there wasn't a lot of focus on the Picture Book writing, but I can see how I could apply the advice to my personal writings. Some of the key points addressed:

Write, write, write, write and then write some more.READ! <-- Pretend that was shouted. Read everything you can get your hands on... specifically works from your genre.Read it, even if you think/have heard it's going to be crap. LEARN from that writer's mistakes.Uh, re-write... a lot.Critique groups are necessary; start one or one! You need someone other than your mother/friends/coworkers/etc. playing the editor's eyes and giving you concrete criticism. <-- This is actuall…

Website Update!

I've updated my website! I've changed the overall look of the site and swapped out a few pieces.
In other news, I am planning to attend the SCBWI's Winter Conference again... you know if I can sign up. Just remember that 10am PDT = 1pm EST! I will be all over registration on Friday! Hope to meet some of you there!

Library Day: Oct 9, 2012

Early trip to the library! 9 picture books to flip through this fortnight:

Ella Takes the Cake, by Carmela & Steven D'AmicoMitchell's License, by Hallie Durand, illustrated by Tony FucileAugie to Zebra, by Kate Endle and Caspar BabypantsWhen My Baby Dreams, by Adele Enersen, spot ills by Jennifer Rozbruch*Kitten's First Full Moon, by Kevin HenkesDog in Charge, by K.L. Going, illustrated by Dan SantatThe Man Who Walked Between The Towers, by Mordicai Gerstein999 Tadpoles, by Ken Kimura, illustrated by Yasunari MurakamiMary Had a Little Lamp, by Jack Lechner, illustrated by Bob Staake * My goal as an illustrator is really to get a sense of other illustrators' styles, familiarize myself with classic and modern stories, and learn about the flow and composition of a book. For this, I typically gravitate towards illustrated picture books, of a "traditional media". I've included this in my picture book selection to get a grasp on Enersen's inspired think…

The Spinal Project

So since JUNE (last post date,) what I have I been doing?

I want to say I've been sitting at "one of those box-y things, with the four legs and writing/drawing" That's where I spend most of my time: the desk. 90% of my summer was eaten up by sitting and looking. And then I wonder why I'm so out of shape....

My concrete answer: I've been pushing around a heavy load at work-work, on top of the usual doodling and reading I preform at home. I've grown an addiction to the library which only becomes inconvenient when my "Lie-Berry" day lands on a Holiday or extended weekend. I think I can make it about 10 days before I throw my hands up into the air and cheer out "LIE-BERRY DAY!" I plan to share "Lie-Berry" day with the blog world, as I do with my other read'n blog: I want everyone to know what I'm reading/admiring.

So what is "Lie-Berry" Day? This is the day I head over to the town library and pick out a stack o…