Happy Dance Time

Who wants to join me in a happy dance? I just discovered The Denim Jungle has its first blog review. At which point I pretty much did this… From Loralee Leavitt of CandyExperiements.com: “A new picture book invites parents everywhere to get down to kid level and look at the world their children see. In The … More Happy Dance Time

12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 4

  My birthday (the big 4-0!) has added an extra patina of sentimentality and reflection to this holiday. In honor of this milestone—punctuated by finally unlocking the “author” achievement—I’ve assembled my own 12 days of Christmas* Thankfulness. Day 1: Cathy Taylor Day 2: Sue LaGow Day 3: Ryan Hylland Day 4: Jackie Phillips Day 5: Szaba … More 12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 4

12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 2

My birthday (the big 4-0!) has added an extra patina of sentimentality and reflection to this holiday. In honor of this milestone—punctuated by finally unlocking the “author” achievement—I’ve assembled my own 12 days of Christmas* Thankfulness. Day 1: Cathy Taylor Day 2: Sue LaGow Day 3: Ryan Hylland Day 4: Jackie Phillips Day 5: Szaba and … More 12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 2

Five Years

Five years ago today, I said goodbye to my mother-in-law. I made her many promises that day, not the least of which was fulfilling her dream for The Denim Jungle. 

Eye Candy

It’s Tuesday morning. You’re knee deep into a busy week, and the weekend lies far in the distance… You need a break. You need some eye candy. The Denim Jungle on Instagram Are you on Instagram? I’ve started an account for @thedenimjungle with pictures about seeing the world from a kids’ perspective. Come on, aren’t you … More Eye Candy

Falling Forward

Hey, remember me? It’s been awhile. Things have been a little crazy town over here. Book progress is moving full steam ahead (for release this November!) while I juggle client jobs to fund it. Plus, summer has morphed into autumn, my youngest is in preschool, and my eldest has officially entered the wild world of kindergarten. And yet, … More Falling Forward

Finding an Illustrator—and Introducing Mine!

How do you find an illustrator for your children’s book? Or perhaps more adequately… How do you find, choose, and trust a person to take what’s been in your head and turn it into the tangible something special you know it can be? There are many ways to go about finding an illustrator: You can already know of an … More Finding an Illustrator—and Introducing Mine!

Dreams Persist

Today I finally dropped my baby boy off at daycare for his first full day. I meant to do so months ago, but circumstances had other ideas. But every time I got frustrated with my lack of work time, I’d snuggle my baby in my arms and remember this post I wrote back when my now-four-year-old was the baby in … More Dreams Persist

Child’s-Eye View

Can you imagine what it must be like for most people (and even some household pets) to tower above you? Add to that a toddler’s limitless imagination—unencumbered by years of practical knowledge and assumptions—and they practically live in a whole other world than our own. One of the kids’ book I’m working on explores this perspective, so I’ve been keeping my eye out for glimpses … More Child’s-Eye View