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Some of us are going this year, and some of us went other years.
I’ve never gotten to go before, this is my first time, and boy am I nervous, you guys. Not only am I fretting about my portfolio, but I’m REALLY REALLY REALLY shy, so I’m worrying about being too shy and not talking to anyone and hiding in a corner and then drinking too much coffee to become less shy but then I might have to pee every ten minutes and spend my entire conference in line for the ladies’ room. And then getting the hem of my skirt tucked into my tights. Also, I’m worried about my new business cards.
Fortunately, Jill and Brooke are going too, so I’ll know someone ahead of time!

Here’s a collection of links about going to the conference, what to expect, and advice! Please share your SCBWI conference tips & experiences in the comments.

Angela blogs about the 2011 summer conference:

Jill gives a recap of the 2010 summer conference:

Brooke talks about her experiences at the 2011 conference:

Heather Powers gives some helpful tips:

Debbie Ohi (inkygirl) made these awesomely hilarious comics & gives more advice:

Molly Idle’s fabulous tips on promo postcards:

Kelly Light’s awesome recap of the Summer 2011 Conference:

Here’s what Diandra Mae had to say about it too:

Note: I can’t wait to meet everyone in person!

This has nothing to do with the conference, but a few years ago I went to one of Lynda Barry’s writing workshops, Writing the Unthinkable (HIGHLY RECOMMEND, YOU GUYS, OMG) and she has this marvelous way of making you, well, believe in yourself. Which is the title of this article about it:

And I think that’s really the secret ingredient, right? Confidence!!!
Also, coffee!

My favorite cookie recipe ever. (And I do eat the raw dough, even though I’m not supposed to.)

Hand-lettering fun from Tina

If I spoke German, I could make up a story to go with this one. (Because it can only be read in German. It’s that kind of story.)

(Which I just typed as “They Eat & Draw” because that’s how I work.)

Here’s the link.

Skip on over to Brooke’s blog to see some of her super sweet new work, including her 2012 Fairytale project!


Here’s a downloadable pdf of 4 different valentines from Tina! Print onto letter-size cardstock, then cut apart and enjoy. Tell your friends!


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I made myself a design for a T-shirt. If you want one too, I put it up in my shop.

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The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge out into the chilly night. In the book, he sprinkled incense from his torch that filled people’s hearts with feelings of goodwill.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Here is my entry for the 2012 SCBWI Tomie dePaola contest.

Chicken Licken & friends encounter their pal Turkey Lurkey en route to telling the king- “The sky is falling!” And stop blocking the road, Turkey Lurkey!

It was a fun one this year & at least I got a portfolio piece out of it!

I am working on my own slightly deranged re-vamp of “The Wind in the Willows.”

I am still working on developing an art licensing portfolio with my hand-lettering…can you tell?

I am playing with lettering these days, so, ummmm…here. 🙂

The theme for our first Scribble-Off was “Hide & Seek.”

Even though I proposed this week’s topic, I was having artist’s block until I went grocery shopping with the kids last night.

What’s a Scribble-Off? Must be a scribble (a rough sketch, no more than 15 min), and…that’s about it. No worries. Just an exercise. We give ourselves a group topic each Monday & plan to post within the a week. I love looking at other artists’ sketchbooks, I hope you enjoy it too!

I love to see other artists’ sketches & thought processes, so I’ve included my rough sketch. In cleanup, I realized the character poses were too stiff, so I livened them up a bit. The fish were inspired by a recent trip to the Long Beach Aquarium.

Thanks for visiting & check back soon! Our upcoming theme is Ocean Voyage.