Wackiness Ensues…

Tea (Rex) and… Crumpets? Cake? Cookies?

Last month I asked- "How do you take your tea?" This month, with all of the holiday goodies being shared, I'm wondering... What do you like to nibble in-between sips of your favorite brew? I'm a huge fan of anything chocolate! So when my friend Dominique, sent me the link to these scrumptious chocolate dipped shortbread cookies shaped like tea bags... Well, I just couldn't resist- I had to share...

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Mini Interviews 2012: Adam Gustavson

I am tickled pink to be sharing with you the work and wit of Adam Gustavson, this fine fall day! I first met Adam on another fine fall day, a few years ago in New York. We met up to peruse the artwork on display at the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. And after that, chatting over a cuppa coffee, I was totally stoked to discover that, not only...

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It’s no TRICK… the Mini Interviews are almost here!

Now that's what I call a TREAT! Starting next Wednesday, and every Wednesday in November, I'll be hosting a mini interview right here with one of my favorite illustrators! So, I am here to give you a sneak peek as to who I'll be chatting with- folks who are so talented it's SCARY... Lynne Avril Adam Gustavson Jeremy Holmes and Kelly Light See- now you're excited too right?! Be sure...

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How do you take your tea?

Milk? Sugar? One lump or two? How you take your tea is a matter of personal taste. You might not even like tea. You might prefer coffee, or orange juice... or Ovaltine. Any one of those would be a valid choice (yes, even Ovaltine). And what holds true for tea holds true for writing  too... Some people gravitate towards writing words of sugary sweetness, others towards words of dark and...

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Tea Rex for Two… Thursday?!

This week is slipping past at an alarming rate!  I only just realized that today is, in fact, Thursday, and not, (as I had hoped), Tuesday. Thursday?! To quote Douglas Adams, "I never could get the hang of Thursdays..." But with a fresh cup of tea in hand, I am keeping in mind two more words by the immortal Mr. Adams, "Don't Panic", and I am here to make up...

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The Mini Interviews are back!

Hello Everybody! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy- do I have some exciting news to share... The Mini Interviews are baaaaack!!! Last year, during National Picture Book Month, Juana Martinez Neal, Mikela Prevost, Laura Jacobsen and I hosted a series of Mini Interviews in which we endeavored to learn more about each other and our work. It was such a success that we're doing it again! But this year, rather...

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TEA (REX) for Two Tuesdays- Take 2!

September 12... already?! Yes it is-  the second Tuesday of the month- and you know what that means... time for TEA! And time for another TEA REX related post and... GIVEAWAY! So pour yourself a cuppa, settle back in a comfy chair, and read on...   First things first- the lucky winners of the first TEA REX giveaway are: Lynn Alpert and Debbie Meyer! Congratulations ladies! You will each be receiving ...

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TEA (REX) for Two Tuesdays!

You, are cordially invited to tea. TEA (REX) for Two... on Tuesday afternoons. On the second Tuesday of every month- from this Tuesday August 14, 2012- 'til Tuesday April 9, 2013  I will be hosting a virtual tea party here on my blog! Why April 9, 2013? That is the day TEA REX will be served on shelves at bookstores everywhere! But until that lovely spring day, on the second Tuesday of every...

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Putting together a Prize-winning Portfolio!

SCBWI's annual conference in LA is almost upon us! And with it- the Annual Juried Portfolio Competition, so this week 's post continues  the series of pre-conference prep with portfolio tips! At the first SCBWI conference I attended in LA, 12 years ago, I was fortunate enough to sit in on a workshop with Dilys Evans- agent, founder of The Original Art Show, and author of Show and Tell: Exploring the...

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Getting down to business…Business Cards, that is.

One month from today I'll be settling back into my studio after the SCBWI Annual Conference... And with that in mind, I am putting up a series of posts full of tips on getting yourself and your work ready for the four fun-in-the-sun filled days of children's book networking that the conference provides! Last week's post found here  featured tips on making your Promo Postcard a pin up. This week's...

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Promo Postcard 101- making your piece a Pin-up!

One month from today I will be hopping on a plane to Los Angeles and the SCBWI Annual Conference... I suspect I am not the only one with these plans as the hotel is now completely booked (some pun intended)! And with that in mind, I thought I might feature a few posts on getting yourself and your work ready for the four fun-in-the-sun filled days of children's book networking that...

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