Image of octopus writing and drawing

“My hand hurts looking at this!” said Mike Curato, author and illustrator of The Little Elliot series. Random House Art Director April Ward and he had just put an image on screen from a Portland area artist and I had to agree. The amount of detail in that artwork with trees, foxes, and geese was… READ MORE >>

“When my book connects with a reader in this way, it’s a joy I can’t explain.” -Stacy McAnulty, author of The Miscalculations of a Lightning Girl I haven’t yet finished Carolyn See’s book How to Live a Literary Life. But she has at least one solid piece of advice I’m paraphrasing here: Write to the authors… READ MORE >>

image of girl with arms open to the sky in a yellow field

For all of its many downsides, social media gives me access to fantastic book events and people I never would see without all that clicking and liking. Saturday, I drove down to Olympia–so much easier than Seattle for me–and found a lovely author illustrator with yet another book that awed me with the beauty of… READ MORE >>

little boy with black labrador

I love this day. Of all the holidays, Epiphany is my most beloved. Dogs are involved. In October of many years ago, when I had recently graduated and was living with my grandmother, I lost my sweet Rottweiler Susie. Her favorite trick was to rest her chin on my shoulder from behind my seat when… READ MORE >>

Image of Hedlund 12 Day Challenge

Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, she suggests… READ MORE >>

Photo of god bless the gargoyles with angel comforting a gargoyle

There is a repost floating around Facebook now, reminding us all that the holidays aren’t happy for everyone. I don’t need it. I remember. This year is tough with both my parents gone and an older son who is most often far away. Last night, I found something I did need. Desperately. And I didn’t… READ MORE >>

Before Photo of Crooked Foot

The first photo shows my sad and crooked foot BEFORE. Below is my corrected foot with a screw through the top that may or may not set off the security alarms when I get to those metal detectors. We will see. Getting through this has involved many weeks of not using this screwed together foot… READ MORE >>

Beginning the puzzle

I only let myself do jigsaw puzzles on occasion and in the winter because once I start them I cannot do anything else. I find it difficult to make dinner, read a book, talk to my family or even sleep because I so want to find that next piece. The puzzle virtually consumes me. But… READ MORE >>

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