Sunday, February 21, 2010


This Sunshine award was given to me by Ginny of Designs by Ginny Baker - thanks Ginny!

So, as part of the rules I must pass this award on to 12 bloggers. Here's my list of bloggers that are like a ray of sunshine to me:

Vanessa Brantley Newton
Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Debbie Meyer
Sarah Jane
Amber Alvarez
Jannie Ho
Kelly Medina
Steve Mack
Kathleen Rietz
Manola Caprini
Colleen Madden
Deborah Mori

Here are the rules, so please pass this award along....
The rules for accepting the Sunshine Award are:
- Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
- Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.
- Link the nominees within your post.
- Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
- Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I'm back from the NY SCBWI Conference

My computer died 2 days before the NY SCBWI conference, I guess all the preparing was too much for her. I didn't get to tweek and print out everything I wanted to for the conference, but I still had 10 things to show in my portfolio. I have felt so disconnected from the world! I know it's a good thing and a bad thing - when my new computer arrived, I spent hours trying to catch up on everything! I AM addicted!

The conference - I couldn't believe how many people were there! They said over 1,000 were in attendance - the biggest ever! It was so inspiring! And I met several people I had only cyber-met before. I hung out with two other illustrators and had a lot of fun! I couldn't help sketching, it really does make me listen better! I sketched the keynote speakers as they spoke - here are some of them:

Lin Oliver, the Executive Director of the SCBWI

Jacqueline Woodson

If you ever get a chance to here Jacqueline read, do it - she is AMAZING! I learned so much! Something she said makes so much sense: she said she writes in an emotionally autobiographical way, and we should write for ourselves as children, not for our kids, grandchildren, etc.

Jane Yolen

Jane was the last speaker of the whole conference, and unfortunately, I had to leave before she was done :-(

For more about the conference, check out the official conference blog.