Thursday, February 9, 2017


2017 is off to a great start with SCBWI conferences! I just returned from the regional conference in Miami, and will be attending the NYC conference for the first time in February!

I'm posting a few of my sketchbook pages which contain the inspirational tidbits that keep me going. I was so inspired by Jane Yolen. Not only is she creatively prolific, she's also a wonderful speaker. She shared a lot of wisdom on writing and life.  

I also enjoyed listening to illustrator, Mark Teague, talk about where he finds inspiration, and how he approaches an assignment. It was exciting to get a sneak peak at his new book, which is a creative spin on Jack and the Beanstalk. 

Lastly, Jacquelyn Mitchard gave a fascinating keynote on book titles. I think out of ALL the SCBWI conferences I've been to, this was the first talk given on the subject. Considering how important titles are, one would think it would be talked about a lot. She noted that many many books drew inspiration from the Bible. She shared how many titles also underwent last-minute title changes before being published. 

Somehow I had a lucky streak at this conference. I won the early bird registration draw and got a free portfolio critique. Then, for the Saturday night ball (themed "Kid-Lit Rockstar") I dressed up as Joan Jett because I love rock and roll. There were two other conference attendees also dressed as Joan Jett, so together we strutted our stuff for the judges and ended up winning the costume contest! So that was another free portfolio critique ;) Then lastly, I won second place for the Rising Kite Illustration contest (image below). The contest consisted of illustration the prompt, "Finally, Ping kept up with the other". My idea was inspired by a recent trip to Montana, where I spotted a few mountain goats who unknowingly became my muses. 

Thanks for visiting my blog and reading!