Sunday, June 29, 2008

Illustrators, blogs, website and me. I have been sharing a lot of information the past 6 months, which I will continue to on a smaller scale. But, I started this blog to get information out of who I am and my writings. I must return to sharing this - projecting my voice.

My website is slowing me down for I can't get a handle on it. I have to study this more, so in the meanwhile be patience with me.

Checking on illustrators and their books. Fairies by Brian Froud and Alan Lee illustrator, How to Draw and Paint Fairies by Linda Ravenscraft and Cathy Johnson of Missouri, Graphics/Fine Arts P.O. Box 321, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024 email: - website and check

I haven't entered into one of my very favorite illustrator's website for awhile. She is also a famous children's author. Tasha Tudor a creative person who lives and works on creating earthly things/county items. The site had news I didn't want to hear, Tasha Tudor went on a long journal to share her talents with the angels on June 18,2008. I thank God for sending Ms. Tudor to share her many talents with all of us who loved her and her works.

Friday, June 27, 2008

June 12 blog comments, be sure to read information on the Writer Magazine's upcoming issue with an interview with Jerry Spinell, author of teen novel Stargirl, (, Sue Bradford Editor, editor of SCBWI Missouri newsletter, and Onedia Hayes Sylvest who launched The Bull Shoals Beacon at

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Illustrators/authors for children's books.
The Baxter County Library, Mountain Home, Arkansas offers so many opportunities to learn and future directions for your dreams. June 21, Theresa Burns-Maler illustrator and author for children's pictures books shared helpful information into the world of publishing, creating dummy books and stories. She shared information how to use your art in different markets as a freelance illustrator for newspapers, magazines, clothing and toy companies, and murals. She is a very created artist and writer. Check our Theresa's website
Other sites to check out for local authors and illustrators - Phyllis Harris a member of Missouri SCBWI and
Next time I blog I'll share my experiences with drawing and using photography in illustrating.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Books, magazines, family and travels - the first week of June we traveled to Naperville, IL to visit family. What a whirlwind of excitement, creating memories to inspire me and lift me up on lonely days. I enjoyed the excitement of seeing what the area had to offer and being able to return to my quiet community. It was a ten hour drive with beautiful weather going and returning.

I was given a gift card to use at Anderson's Bookshop, boy did I have fun. I purchased books and Magazines. I love that Independent bookstore. If I was to stay one more day, I would have been able to attend Chicago tribune Printers Row book fair. I'll shoot for next year, just a dream away.

June issue of the Writer magazine ( is their annual children's writing issue. What an issue - you can find it at Baxter County Library at Mountain Home or a local bookstore.
SCBWI MO Scribbles newsletter will keep you up-to-date with all the events in Arkansas and Missouri and so much more. Subscriptions: $10/year (SCBWI members): $12/year (Non-members) Editor Sue Bradford Edwards, is doing a great job. National SCBWI: Missouri: and Arkansas:

May 28, Revision notes a daily newsletter by author Darcy Pattison was titled "Fear of Regret." I found it interesting for I believe we all allow fear to govern our daily lives in what we do or do not accomplish. She mentioned the book, "Art of Fear" by David Bayles & Ted Orland. On my bulletin board is a card my sister Pasty gave me many years ago. It reads, "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are more omnipotent. I believe we all should a couple of small books on positive thinking within eye view.

June 10, "Revision Notes" Darcy informs us about Cellphone novels - interesting.

Websites and blogs to check:, (The Writer's Life magazine is a paying market.),,, and (They do critique your manuscript for a dollar a page.).

Sara Webb Quest, I wish you would get at free blog at Try it, you will enjoy it. Sara is a hard working freelance writer and author, plus a member of SCBWI.

I am sorry to hear Ridley Pearson and his family are moving to China. I wish them well. When Ridley's first book was released he had his first speaking engagement with Magic Valley Writers ( A chapter of the Idaho Writers League) Twin Falls, Idaho. I was the president at the time and we continued to support each other until I moved to Arkansas and we lost touch.

June 21, Children's book author/illustrator, Theresa burns-Maler will be at the Baxter County Library, Mountain Home.
July 19, SCBWI Missouri Chapter is having a writers workshop at Springfield, Mo
August 15, Bel Arco Writers Workshop