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It’s Day IDK anymore

It’s Day IDK anymore of COVID-19 shelter in place/work from home for me. I realize this experience is as different for each of us as who we are. Some people, utility workers, grocery store workers, food chain employees, truckers, etc., must still go to work, hopefully in as safe as possible environments. Some, like those in the medical field and public safety service, etc., must go to work despite the fact that their environments and/or interactions are most definitely not safe. I am grateful to be able to work from home and to have a home from which to work.

Because of the nature of the work I do, I am still employed and still very engaged with my work colleagues.

And I am appreciative.

Upcoming Appearances, Panels, and a Freelance Article

Signing at one of my author appearances.

Book Signing

I have two major event appearances coming up quick. The first is the debut Cirque De Livre Writer’s Conference in downtown Mesa, Arizona May 27-19, 2016. I will be doing panels, signing books and hanging out with a lot of great authors, editors, illustrators, booksellers, screenwriters, etc., etc.

Here are the event details: Cirque de Livre

Here is my list of panels:

Writing Picture Books: Not as Easy as it Looks (PART 1)

Since the beginning of this writing journey, I have wanted to write a picture book. And, like many authors, I have more than one abandoned picture book manuscript to my name. I sometimes imagine them huddling together in a drawer somewhere, trying to keep warm. Out of sight, but not necessarily out of mind. I still love the ideas for those stories deeply, but I just could not figure out how to make them work.

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While writing novels is not particularly easy, I found myself better able to figure out the structure of the longer format. I still had to study my craft, and learn to edit with an iron fisted pen, but it has always felt more natural to me than the shorter, “easier” children’s picture book format.