May 2013

On Redwood Time.

By |May 24th, 2013|

Ancient One
who makes all things new
may we receive with gentleness
and touch with hopefulness
and protect with fierceness
and love with tenderness;
and may we celebrate with gratefulness
and welcome with humbleness
and tend with gracefulness
all that you give
into our care.

— Jan Richardson


We just returned from 8 days camping in the ancient Redwood Forest. I had never been in these forests […]

January 2013

Taking chances.

By |January 21st, 2013|

above, Summer, 2012

It feels like it has taken me a long time to gain my momentum back with my art since Tulsi was born, but I’m thankful it’s back. I am only working part-time, but I realized about 9 months ago that the “lack” of time for my art could actually be a gift. And […]

February 2012

New Interactive Book Art! – Travel Behind-the-Scenes of my book

By |February 22nd, 2012|

I just created a page “FOR KIDS” (and parents, teachers, big kids…) — it is now in my menu above. I think it’s super fun, and I hope it will inspire young authors and illustrators. At the top is an interactive page with 27 different “clicks” that shares some of my writing & art process […]

May 2011

Same, Same but Different: from Idea to Book

By |May 13th, 2011|

One of the most interesting things about picture books is the story behind the books — where the seeds of ideas came from and how they grew.

Unlike some tales I’ve heard of children’s book authors who woke up from a dream in urgency to scribble down a story appearing to be a gift from the […]

April 2011

Children’s Book Publishing FAQ

By |April 25th, 2011|

“I have this idea for a children’s book, but how do I get it published?” I have heard this so many times over the past few years — from dear friends and family, family members of childhood friends, girlfriends of ex-boyfriends :), blog friends, students, and strangers. I am no expert on this. My own […]

August 2010

seeing stories.

By |August 1st, 2010|

a sweet, still moment from a recent visit to the Lama Foundation nearby. these mountains ground me in a way i’ve never felt prior. i am so grateful for living in such a beautiful place with endless inspiration.

So, remember that cigar box I’ve been stuffing with story fragments scribbled on note cards? I laid […]