Didn’t May just begin? Things have been busy around here in a good way. May 1st kicked off Paula Yoo’s fifth annual NaPiBoWriWeek, a fun challenge for writers to draft up to 7 picture books in 7 days. As Paula notes on her site, “I am proud of you no matter how much or how little you write, just as long as you TRY!”
Next, the New England SCBWI conference in Springfield, MA featured inspirational keynote addresses from Sharon Creech and Grace Lin. It was a bustling, energetic event where I felt fortunate to learn a lot, meet friends new and old, and chat with 12 X 12 members at the end of the day. I enjoyed the gracious company of Stephen Fraser at lunch (PB-writing Fraser fans: he finds Jesse Klausmeier and Suzy Lee’s Open This Little Book very clever).
As May continues, I try to post on weekdays with Alison Hertz at Doodle Day May just for fun. I’ve been sharing mother and daughter “pass-the-paper” doodles like this fairy princess. A great exercise for those interested in pareidolia.
A quick shout out to Nancy Viau who sought poems to pair with her fun photo challenge at WIT to round out National Poetry Month. Nancy was kind enough to share my four line poem about feathered friends.
Last, a little love for my mom on Mother’s Day. Her dynamite recipe for Whoopie Pies was recently featured in Good Housekeeping magazine. Click on the link for her recipe. I’ve been eating these treats all my life, but somehow hers are truly extra special. Happy Mother’s Day!