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Bird By Bird

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Finally I got to read a book recommended to me years ago by an illustration teacher. Bird By Bird, by Anne Lamott, had nugget after nugget of words on writing, and the creative process, in general. Some highlights: – Nobody is reading your first drafts, so go crazy. – On perfectionism…. It’s ok to make a […]

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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

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Yesterday I came across an amazing collection of illustrations compiled by Chris Van Allsburg. Or so I thought. There are basically 14 enigmatic illustrations, each with a title and caption. As the story goes, they were introduced a children’s book publisher 30 years ago by a mysterious man Harris Burdick. This guy disappeared, but left the […]

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The Frank Show

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I’m hanging out at the children’s section. It’s usually stuffed away in the back, no air circulation. Kids are whining or chasing each other all over. And all I’m trying to do is get my geek on, so I have a basic strategy for getting the most out of a bookstore visit.  Since I am […]

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Coraline

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In the quest for the secret recipe to “What makes a good story?” …I’ve been trying to read more Y.A. fiction, in hopes of gaining some good insights. The most interesting book recently has been Coraline, by Neil Gaiman. This story is dark. And I loved the darkness. I loved the fantastic imagery. I liked […]

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Lately Inspired…

I was nerding out at the children’s section a few weekends ago and was completely enamored by Meet Me at the Moon by Gianna Marino. Something about her style has a nice depth… Or maybe I just love elephants. The story was super simple but pretty. Another book I found beautiful is Red Knit Cap Girl […]