Wednesday, June 11, 2014

July Camp NaNoWriMo Coming Up!

I need to pad my skeletal young adult romance story, the one I wrote for last November's NaNoWriMo. 50,000 words is not nearly enough and after the completion of my revisions class, I know where I need to go and what needs to get done. It will be a month of new writing woven together with mass editing. 

With Independence Day and two weeks out of town visiting family (I haven't seen my brother and his family for 11 years!) I've got my work cut out for me. I'll hide in my parents' RV and call it my office for awhile. Looking forward to the challenge.

Camp NaNoWriMo questions:

Q. Things I never thought I'd find myself researching are...
A.  Badgers, online gaming lingo, and native PNW plants.

Q. What is my goal for this July NaNoWriMo?
A. 25K total, 800 - 825 words per day.

Q. What are my self-imposed constraints for my writing?
A. Be mindful of each character's unique voice and motivations. Delve into the plot layers. Cherish the moments that need to be remembered.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Emerald City Opener Contest

I just entered my latest work, a Young Adult romance, in the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America - Emerald City Opener Contest. Here are the details for those interested and writing in the romance genre:

* Due date is May 31st
* Entry fee is $20 for non-members, $12 for GSRWA members
* First 7-pages only
* Final judge for YA is Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Agency
* Big prize: $20 Amazon gift card...(obviously, I didn't enter for the money!)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cloud Covers

1 - Pink Tent, 2 - Topsy-turvy Tent, 3 - What Tent?, 4 - Two Tents

I'm gearing up for Camp NaNoWriMo for the month of April by wrapping up my children's chapter book C.L.O.U.D. series with the final book, number four.

The Camp NaNoWriMo website has a place to put a small cover, advertising your work-in-progress. Naturally, I couldn't do just one...that would be lopsided. So I spent the morning working on the covers for all four books.

April starts in two days; I need to figure out my game plan.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Raining Dirty Gumballs

Raining Gumballs
"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!"

Raining Gumballs - detail

I can't even believe how long this collage sat in my studio in pieces. I had the idea, but I just couldn't get it to look it squatted on one desk, then the other, constantly moving around and always in the way. Inevitable the letters would blow off and I'd crawl around looking for them...


I finally decided that the gumball machine was too big for the canvas and cut it down. Wow! Making a decision and following through made all the difference in the world. Months and months of staring at this pile then - pow! - the pieces flew into place. It felt good to get things glued down.

This illustration is for my kid's room...where there are two gumball machines on her shelf. When I asked her what she thought, she asked, "Why are the gumballs dirty?"

The other family members hadn't realized the gumballs were raining down or that the white circles were supposed to be clouds. Bubbles, yes...clouds, no.

Dirty gumballs, indeed. Like it or lump it, kid. It's going on the wall.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Season

Santa Baby
Christmas Card 2013

Made these at the Western Washington Scrapbook Retreat last November. A single ply card with library sleeve on the back where I inserted a small note and kids' school pictures. 

Merry Christmas out there!

Friday, September 27, 2013

SCBWI Western WA Illustrator Exhibit

Lunch Break

Get ready for the open house, family style, on Sunday, October 27th, 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Kids get to create with the artists and see the 67 framed illustrations that represent the local SCBWI Western WA chapter.
I'll be there with "Made My Bed", matted, framed, and ready to go.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Paying Homage to the Community Cookbook

Sorry to those who have gifted me community cookbooks in the past. I don't use cookbooks that don't show color pictures of the food, and I don't trust the instructions that people write themselves. Call me quirky. 

I cleaned all spiral-bound cookbooks off my shelf, but instead of throwing them out, they're in my collage bin. They're calling for a new life and they got it. Ice cream, thank you cards! I tore out a few dessert pages and spritzed them with Tsukineko Walnut Ink then cut them into cone shapes. With a flick of a few chosen pastel pencils, I added a highlight and some crosshatch for added detail and texture.

Happy Day Ice Cream Cone
Thank You Card

Okay, fun's over. Party food has been put away, people have come and gone, and the house is quiet. The cards were made and sent and now it's time to get back to work.

"Write without pay until somebody offers pay. If nobody offers within three years, the candidate may look upon this circumstance with the most implicit confidence as the sign that sawing wood is what he was intended for." ~ Mark Twain