Shiny Sparks: Miranda Chop

This week's inspiration highlight is provided with awe and acceptance by Miranda Chop. She takes us on a short but no less profound journey into her creative process as she answers the question, What Inspires You? _____________________________________ I’m never short on inspiration. It is everywhere, all the time, if you know where to look, but more [...]

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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. [...]

Shiny Sparks: February 26

I had just finished setting up my table for a book event yesterday, when a women walked up and asked me what my book is about. She looked really tired and I could see she had been crying. I answered her question and we got to talking, and she's going through some serious life challenges. [...]

Diamond in the Rough

My father came to visit one afternoon he triumphantly presented a small blue box with an appraisal my grandmothers wedding ring he said this is yours now   I don’t have a lot of experience with diamonds I don’t wear bling my wedding ring is a modest silver band with a little message on the inside [...]

Use Your Words

I’m working on the second book in my children’s book series. It’s about our mouth: our sense of taste and our teeth – the material world aspect of our mouths. It’s also about the power of words – the spiritual world aspect of our mouths. I write about how to use our 5 senses in [...]

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 [...]