Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summertime Updates

I've had a lot of things going on recently.

Blogging hasn't been one of them.

A test print for my new book.


So far in the last couple of months, we've flown once. We've seen lots of people, and we've made a few dozen library trips. I've also started working on a new book project.

Background: we tend to talk about rockets a lot in my family.

Translation: we aren't rabid aeronautics enthusiasts, but we do watch every SpaceX launch, most of them live. We've also watched that Top Gear episode where some guys try to turn a car into a rocket...and it crashes. We talk about that particular rocket almost every bedtime. The toddler's script goes approximately thus: "Today was a good day. :deep sigh: Sometimes rockets crash."

As a result, I'm now working on a book about a rocket that goes to Mars (with a space-age twist on the nursery rhyme 'The House that Jack Built'). If all goes well, I'll have all of the artwork done in another month and be able to assemble the book thereafter.

Technically, when I set up this blog back in March, I meant to start a series of posts about art projects for toddlers. I've still got some ideas for that series, but I'm lucky to get an hour or two in the evenings right now. So, my big dilemma is deciding whether to think about more random kid things or to work on another picture for my new book.

The book tends to win.

Still, I did read a couple of books about preschool projects recently : Playful Learning: An Alternate Approach to Preschool by Anne Engelhardt and Cheryl Sullivan, and Get Ready, Set, Grow! A Preplanned Calendar of Preschool Activities by Eileen Morris and Stephanie Pereau Crilly.

One was recommended to me, while the other was a library find. They both have a variety of really fun ideas which I'm planning to try out soon. I'll let you know how that goes.

Meanwhile, I'm off to work on another picture!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Book Launch & Giveaway Results

And the winners are:

Sarah G., Amy L., and Emily H.!

I have emailed them and will be sending off their books shortly. Congratulations!

And a huge thank you to everyone else who was downloaded my book over the past few days!

Fun fact: at one point, the English version was first and the Spanish third in their Amazon category [Free Kindle Books > Childrens > Nonfiction > Animals]. According to the Amazon stats, I also had two copies of the Spanish ebook downloaded in...Japan?
screen shot from Amazon
Screen shot from February 25th.

Second fun fact: I found that the hardcover version of "Who Laid the Egg?" is also available on Barnes & Noble. For that version, I'm actually using a POD company that happens to be one of the major book distributors, and that makes it easier for companies like Barnes & Noble to list my book. Let me know if you spot it anywhere else!

Over the next week or two, I'll have a couple other updates to add, and I'll be working on a couple other small projects, so check back soon!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Book Launch and Giveaway!

And it's out!

For the next couple of days, you can get the ebook for free on Amazon. I'd love for you to check it out and leave a review telling me what you think (both of which get you an extra entry in the giveaway below).

Who Laid the Egg?
¿QuiĆ©n Puso el Huevo?

As far as I know, Amazon is the only store carrying the books currently, but I'm hoping the hardcover will get listed with a few of the larger booksellers soon. You can also contact me directly about ordering either of the print versions.

book poster

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, February 20, 2017

About "Who"

Somewhere back in November, I decided to write a children's picture book...because a picture book would be easy, right?

This book happened from an idea I had while making breakfast one morning. My toddler has been very fascinated by all things kitchen, so that morning he was sitting on the counter, 'counting' the eggs in the carton as he handed them to me.

Toddlers--if you don't already know it--generally like to talk, to talk a lot, and to talk repetitively.

That morning, we started talking about who had laid the eggs in the carton. That led to talking about other animals who laid eggs, and that led in turn to my book idea.

working on a picture
Working on one set of pictures.
After years of procrastinating on half-a-dozen stories, I didn't need one more idea to stall midway through from yet another case of writer's block. I needed a project that was relatively short, easy, and doable.

This one worked.

For "Who," the final word count runs just under two hundred. The pictures took me about a month to create (though that meant a number of late nights at the time). And the idea was simple--and yet so fun to work with.

cover ideas
A few options I played with for the book cover.
Turning the idea into a book was fairly basic. Getting it ready for publication has been a much bigger challenge, of course. I went from drawing the pictures (with soft pastels), to photographing them, to photo editing, to multiple iterations of rearranging two or three words in the text, to even more iterations of tweaking the images and the book layout.

I'm actually still finishing up a few little details, but I've got the main files finished, and I'm waiting for my second proof copy (the hardcover this time).

It should all be done by Saturday, though.

In fact, this weekend, I'm going to run a small giveaway/launch promotion to celebrate.


See you back on Saturday for the launch!

Monday, February 6, 2017


I'm glad you found me.

At the moment, I've just finished my first children's picture book, and I'm waiting for the proof copy to show up in the mail.

You can always check back here for new updates. I will be posting art projects and coloring pictures for kids, as well as information for where to find my book once it is available.

I'll be filling out info for the other pages in the next couple of days, so check back soon!

Who Laid the Egg: cover image