Monday, April 10, 2017

Holding to the Dream :)

It's hard to believe I have had this blog for 8 years. I started it as a way to keep myself accountable. To keep striving for my goal to be published, and to create illustrations for the children's market. Too often I've let life get in the way of that goal. I have watched as others have paved their own path, writer and illustrator I've come to know through social media. I've seen their books at my library, and I hate to admit that it can be a hard pill to swallow, as you see others move ahead. And although I am genuinely pleased for their successes, it always causes me to pause and take stock of my own path? The question is always the same, "Have I tried hard enough?" Lately I've been really looking at all the starts and stops I've made along this path. I have a lot of work that I've done, and many poems that I've written. So once again I am going to do a "start." I am going to pull together all my illustrated poems (I suppose you might say my life's work over the past 20 years) and see if there's an agent/publisher out there who will take a look. It's going to be a big project and I am giving myself 2 years from start to finish. And I will let my blog and my friends keep me accountable. The biggest challenge I need to do, is to put myself first! And the second biggest challenge I need to do, is to just be nice to myself when self-doubt creeps in. And it will. So I ask for all of you who have supported me through the years, my ups and downs and starts and stops to please send out good wishes, and to keep me accountable on occasion.
I will keep you updated on my progress! Thank you!

Monday, April 3, 2017


I found this really great app for my I pad it's simply called Sketches. Little did I know when I purchased it for a whopping $4.99 that it was 15.3 GB it's huge for my tablet! So I ended up uninstalling it, and I suppose I will have to reinstall it every time I want to use it.  Unless I buy more storage which I don't want to do. Anyway it has all these great features and works great with the apple pencil which by the way I love and it feels like a real pencil.  Here is my first pic done with this app. 

Then I put it in photoshop and played around with filters just for the fun of it!