April 1st, 2011

I recently decided to start reading middle grade and YA books to keep up to date with what’s out there. I started with a classic, and one of my favorites growing up, The BFG by Roald Dahl. I didn’t remember the way that the BFG talked. I love his broken, improvised language. I just finished reading, Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen. I got completely absorbed in the book. I read it in a few days. It was hilarious and I fell in love with the characters, especially Mullet Fingers. What a
great name! I can’t wait to read more books by Hiaasen. If you have any suggestions of books to read, please leave a comment or email me.

In other news, I’m working on rebuilding my website and portfolios. The homepage will now have a children’s portfolio, an about section, a card section, an “everything I bought for a month” section, a recipes section, and a store section. The editorial section will no longer exist. My plan is to launch the new site as well as an Etsy store on April 11th. Below is the drawing for the “shop” section of the new site.

I’ve been looking for an illustration critique group to join for awhile now. I’m really excited that I found one with some other SCBWI members. Rebecca Evans graciously took the lead, and set up the critique group.

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