Friday, June 28, 2013


If at first you don't succeed...revise, revise again. I finally spent some time this week working on revising my first book. It's been challenging, to say the least! Since it's my first book, it's also my "baby." Revising was tough to do, but necessary. I realized my "baby" was rather spoiled, and that I had resisted "disciplining" her by withholding what needed to be done. Well, enough was enough, and I got down to business! I'm happy I did, and it looks like I now have a much better child.

I'm not sure there's an author out there that enjoys doing revisions. (If there is, I'd like to meet you because, to me, it'd be akin to getting a front row seat to the freak show! Just kidding.) One of the things I ended up doing to get the ball rolling was to go back through my notes from the Writer's Conference. It was a tremendous help! A few lines from my conference workshop notes:

(From Tanya Chernov's workshop on "Earning Your Artistic Stripes")
* Writing begets writing.
* Writing is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
* It's not a waste of time when you delete the unnecessary.


Friday, June 21, 2013

An interview with illustrator Ann Panning

I am as much intrigued by the reasons illustrators draw as I am to why authors write. I love to find out what makes them tick, so to speak. I thought it would be a good idea, therefore, to do an online interview with illustrator Ann Panning. Don't 'cha love the 'net?!

Question #1-What gives you inspiration for your drawing? 
Ever since I was a wee child, nature in all it's amazing colorful facets has inspired me in my artwork.  A close second would be people's unique faces. I think the love of faces came about when I would study them as the communion crowd walked past me back to their seats.

Question #2- Writer's experience "writer's block." Do illustrators? 
Sometimes I do experience illustrator's block, but I've learned to stop and do something quite unrelated like wash dishes or tackle whatever the biggest pile is.

Question #3- What are your favorite things to draw? 
My favorite things to draw are, not surprisingly enough, nature, people and animals- God's wonderful creation! Always interesting fodder! 

Question #4- Do you draw every day?
I don't have the opportunity to draw every day, but when I can't I am doodling!

Question #5- What advice would you give to a young, inexperienced artist?
Advice I would give a young artist is to draw what you love, learn from others by taking lessons, and study other works of art; copy from the masters!

Question #6- What brings you the most joy in your drawings?
The thing that brings me the most joy in my artwork is finally the "ah-ha" moment when I got a pet or human portrait to look like them!

Thank you so much, Ann, for the interview. It was a pleasure!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Excuses, Excuses

Below is a link to a very funny blog post. Enjoy!

Why I'm Not Writing

Also - enjoy the following link to the 2012 top 10 blogs for writers.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Writing Tips

Below is a link for writing tips that you definitely should not dismiss!

34 writing tips that will make you a better writer.