Bad Poetry? Oh, noetry!

I was researching a new nonfiction book idea and recalling one of my favorite editors telling me that my nonfiction writing is too “textbooky” for her. Yeah, that’s a word. And selling a book to that editor is on my bucket list. I have been getting kind rejections from her for about twenty years. Seriously….

Switching Gears

I had a week after the school visit to catch up on things, so I used some of the time to keep messing with computer collage, gleefully recalling that this time last year I was stressing out over the annual SCBWI Spring Conference. Retirement is good. Here’s the latest version of the collage I was…

Sharing the Torch!

I finally finished putting together a huge presentation for a school writing festival on Friday. I got a bit nostalgic, going through all the books I’ve contributed to over a 25+ year career. Remember In a Cabin in a Wood? Probably not, but it’s still one of my favorites, because of the friendship that created…

Ghost Writer in the Woods!

Here is the cover for my first Boxcar book, The Mystery of the Fallen Treasure. It was extra fun to receive this today because I happened to be working on the next one at that very moment and was totally in the Boxcar Mode. So anyway, as you can figure out from the author’s credit,…

Keep Your Shirt Off.

I’m researching two social studies books for K-2, and in the process, trying to remember what I understood about our culture and community when I was that young. This photo brings back a very strong memory. And it was published by the local newspaper when I was “going on four.” I was enrolled in a…

Hand-made Books

A year or two ago I bought up a bunch of my pop-up books when they were remaindered (the remainder of inventory that the publisher wants to let go rather than warehouse any longer): Up All Night Counting and Creepy Crawly Colors. Now I’m officially an Amazon Bookseller, so be sure to come by for…

Biding Our Time

A big brown bat appeared in our bathroom. Okay, it didn’t just appear, it flew around the room to let us know whose domain we had entered that evening. We figured the little guy came in through the vent fan from the attic and got to the attic via the roof vent, though we’re not…

Go ahead and judge my book by its cover, please!

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m working on publishing another ebook – a reissue of The Complete Backyard Nature Activity Book, originally published in 1998 by McGraw Hill’s Learning Triangle Press. I designed the first cover, which featured a daytime scene surrounded by a night scene. The night scene had owls, flying squirrels,…

The Complete Backyard Nature Activity Book for Kids, Part I

In 1998 I wrote and illustrated a book called The Complete Backyard Nature Activity Book for Kids. There was a subtitle, too, equally as long. Originally it was called Going Wild! but the editor thought that title could be misleading. Editors are smart about these things; that’s one reason I love them. McGraw Hill’s Learning…

Robin’s Lighted Arted Design!

This is a box of the holiday tags that I marketed in the mid-1980s. I produced gift tag sets that included six designs in each little bag, with titles like Reindeerments, Santamonium, Pandamerrium, Kitten Kaboodles, and Fun Buns. I created these little designs using pen and ink and overlays for the red bits. Hand color…