Monthly Archives: October 2013

Autumn Garden Gifts

Gardens are generous and never stop giving, even as their brilliant summer colors and fragrances fade. Something is always beckoning to be harvested, salvaged and used. It’s time to gather armloads and basketfuls of garden materials–pods, seeds, twigs, pine cones, … Continue reading

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Illustrating Children’s Book: Dream Come True

My next children’s gardening book with a plot, Howie Saves the Hungabirds, is on its way. Finding the right illustrator is always a challenge. Along came a young woman who read and commented on a blog post of mine. I returned the … Continue reading

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Clichés: Leave No Stone Unturned

Maybe I’m in over my head here, but to make a long story short, clichés bore me to tears. The bottom line is that clichés make us all fall asleep at the wheel. Some might say I shouldn’t rock the … Continue reading

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Illustrations Can Be Cartoony: Amanda Baker

Do you want to find an illustrator, editor, publisher, or agent? Attend  the meetings of professional associations and clubs, salons, open mics, workshops and conferences. That’s how I found the illustrator for my second kid gardening book, Zack’s Zany Zucchiniland: Amanda … Continue reading

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Illustrators Paint Word Pictures–Jim DeWitt

Picture books need a writer and an illustrator. Sometimes they are one in the same–if a person is fortunate enough to have both talents. However, for my first children’s picture book, Mrs. Feeny and the Grubby Garden Gang, I hired … Continue reading

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A Child’s Thank You Drawings

After a career of writing for others–high tech company, university, newspaper, magazine–I’m finally writing for myself and about topics I love. Gardening. Kids. Teens. Poetry. Short stories. A novel. Picture books. Way back, I never thought I’d be where I … Continue reading

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