In case you’re wondering why there are no recent posts… I’ve been hired to write a book! And since I’m essentially working as a ghost writer, I really can’t disclose too much because that wouldn’t be very ghost-like of me. Needless to say, it’s an amazing opportunity and adventure and I’m really excited to be part of the creation team for this project. Hopefully I’ll be able to tell you more about it later. (Stay tuned.)

Anyhow… The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (http://www.rmcscbwi.org/) conference was this weekend, and it was so much fun! I was unable to attend last year because I was going into labor with Max, but this year I was able to meet our speakers and help run the event as a co-illustrator coordinator. I was also lucky enough to win the illustration contest, so my image was on the brochure and merchandise.

Our keynote speaker was Adam Rex (http://www.adamrex.com/) – an incredible artist and writer. We had a Friday Illustrator Intensive with Adam, and had a great time learning from one of the most talented guys in the business.

I was also lucky enough to attend some writer sessions and learned about making a memorable book character from Barbara Steiner (http://www.barbarasteiner.com/) and also had the first page of the novel I’m working on read by Kendra Levin of Viking Press (http://www.shewrites.com/profile/KendraLevin) and Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency (http://www.nelsonagency.com/). Kendra’s review was especially positive and there was a great response from the attendees as well. Kristin’s session gave me some good feedback about what was unclear in the first manuscript page and I see now where a couple tweaks could improve the book’s introduction.

We also had a very fun (and informational) Sunday workshop with Paul Yalowitz (http://paulyalowitzillustration.com/), and I was reminded of how important it is to observe details. For example, you can learn a whole lot about a person just by the shoes they wear!

I LOVE being a part of this community and am so grateful to be on the volunteer team to help make events like this happen! I’m already excited for what the next year brings.

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