SEASON’S READINGS*, friends!
(*Credit to Paul W. Hankins for that clever phrase.)
It feels like Christmas came early this year, thanks to the wonderful people at @scbwi
(For those of you visiting for the first time, my blog series WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING–a BOOK! starts here. )
This morning I took a holiday stroll over to the sites that SCBWI recommended, and I highly recommend you do the same. As authors and illustrators–aka busy book-parents–, it’s so important for each of us to TAKE TIME from the hustle and bustle of our lives and READ.
- I have followed editor Cheryl Klein’s BROOKLYN ARDEN blog for years and always come away with solid tips about craft: http://chavelaque.blogspot.com/
- As a “closet illustrator” myself, I am inspired and amazed by the works of Anne Marie Perks: http://annemarieperks.tumblr.com/ .
- Jody Casella–whom you might recall as a guest blogger on WTEWYE–a BOOK! —writes about her experience as a debut author: http://www.jodycasella.com/ I love how she compares it to a Hero’s Journey.
- I soaked up the positive affirmations of Erin Brown Conroy –and ok, yes– her first name is fabulous– : http://erinbrownconroy.wordpress.com/ but even more so:”Life is speckled with opportunity. Possibilities are open.”
- I met Sue Ford (aka author Susan Uhlig) when I was an SCBWI co-Regional Advisor and believe me, she is is well qualified to share The Nitty Gritty of Children’s Writing: http://www.susanuhlig.com/the-nitty-gritty-of-childrens-writing/ Thanks Sue!
- I remember the star-struck thrill of meeting Emma Dryden when she was Vice President and publisher at Simon & Schuster, home to two of my picture books, so it’s always a treat to scroll through her blog, which overflows with Emma’s accumulated knowledge of children’s publishing: http://emmaddryden.blogspot.com/
- Author Tara Lazar and I met on Twitter, and I learn (and laugh) a lot from the gems she shares: http://taralazar.com/
- And yes, Virginia– Kiri Østergaard Leonard ‘s gorgeous rendering of Sankta Lucia got my Swedish roots in the holiday spirit: http://kirileonard.com/blog/ . (My mother would be truly pleased.)
So, my friends, I urge you to treat yourself to these musings and inspiration.
I have a feeling it will help us all
Isn’t that what Season’s Readings should do?
Happy Holidays to ALL!