Category Archives: Practice

Elizabeth Bishop and Books Around The Table

I am going to use Poetry Monday to highlight one of my favorite blogs, Books Around The Table, co-hosted by four marvelous illustrators, Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Laura Kvasnosky, Julie Lario and Julie Paschkis. Their posts are always rich in visuals and inspiration … Continue reading

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Thinking Sideways

This week I’ve been thinking about the creative process, reflecting on Jonah Lehrer’s lecture, reading the blogs and thinking about my own work which has been slightly bogged down to my mind. I challenged myself to try and post every … Continue reading

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Selling Story

I’ve been working with a colleague on last year’s Annual Report for 4Culture, the arts, heritage and preservation agency I work for in King County. The challenge is to deliver the facts and figures that are the very reason for … Continue reading

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In a term coined during an online critique with kidlit writer pals, I have been seeking zing. Zing to increase the fun factor, zing to energize my other endeavors (writing, breathing, walking around) and zing for the principle of the … Continue reading

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winter talk

I’m not having enough fun. I started the year with reflection and resolution, having made it through the holidays intact and if not refreshed, then at least rested. I engaged with my new job duties right off the bat, worked … Continue reading

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first snow

Our first snow of the year has come and gone several times over the course of the day: big, fat, wet flakes that lay down an inch or two of snow efficiently and then melt away. Just before the snow … Continue reading

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i will be the water today

I commute to work by bus. This is my writing time and the time I review other manuscripts to give feedback to my writing pals. Before the bus leaves the park & ride I have my laptop open and am … Continue reading

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jump, pig, jump!

Before leaving for LA, I printed up business cards and cards to put out with my portfolio at the SCBWI conference this coming weekend. I hadn’t been on the press for a long time and had honestly forgotten how much … Continue reading

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favianna rodriguez on artistic practice

Fabianna Rodriguez’ terrific blog has this gem posted a few days ago that is perfect for Inspiration Wednesday. Visit her blog and read the whole post, but here is her list of strategies for energizing her art practice. These can … Continue reading

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rosanne parry on character & the 7 deadly sins

The SCBWI Western Washington conference is several weeks in the past and I had intended to post notes from the workshops that inspired me immediately, but I found that I needed to let the experience sink in. Newly finished with … Continue reading

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