Shiny Sparks: W.E. DeVore

I'm so excited to have the Shiny Sparks article series back in the blog rotation. I love learning about and discussing the different ways creative people stay connected to that inner spark. This week's installment is a treat. Her Instagram feed inspires me, so I reached out and asked her to be a part of [...]

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Our favorite books of poetry for kids

I’ve been working on a big poetry based project, and so I was inspired to pick up some poetry books for my kids at the library last week. We have enjoyed reading them. We giggle a lot, the poems often prompt questions from my children, and they want to repeat and recite their favorite parts. [...]

Random Acts of Kindness

I don't know about any of you, but I feel like the summer season is flying by. I was taken aback when I looked up from my life this week and realized that we're already halfway through the year. This year has had it's ups and downs for my family, but overall, 2019 has been [...]

Going the extra mile with David Sedaris

My husband surprised me last week with a ticket to see one of my favorite authors, David Sedaris. He was coming to our city as part of the DMA Arts & Letters live series, and he was also doing a book signing. I’ve been a big fan of David Sedaris’ work since around 2004, when [...]

Shiny Sparks – April 12, 2018

I launched the Shiny Sparks article series on January 29th, but I haven't been as consistent as I expected. I've had a few life delays, extra meetings, lots of book events (hooray!) and I lost my momentum a bit. Instead of making myself wrong for it, I'm examining the creative process as I experience it. [...]

The Beginners’ Guide to Publishing with a Self-Publishing Company

In March of 2016, I sat in my kitchen with a dear friend. We were looking at a pile of illustrations I had just completed for my first children’s book, Your Hands Can Change The World! I had decided to publish my book, and was telling her that I had no idea where to begin, [...]

Lessons in Crowdfunding

I have always dreamed of being a published writer, but I never imagined I would write and illustrate a children's book. But in March of 2017, I had completed my book, and the next step was publishing. When Your Hands Can Change The World! was completed, I felt many emotions. I was excited, and I felt [...]