Friday, May 4, 2018

2018: 117-124/365

Wow... this week flew by!
Photo courtesy of my sister, Stevie.

The weather was finally Spring-like, and I definitely took advantage of it... I had a great time helping my sister paint her truck
(but that is a story for another week).

This week, I promised to share more about my trip to Springfield, Massachusetts...

Art by Priscilla Alpaugh

While at the New England SCBWI Conference, I took workshops with Dan Santat, Josh Funk, Russ Cox, and Sara Zarr.  I listened to amazing panels and speeches with incredible authors and illustrators including Jane Yolen, Rita Williams-Garcia, Amy Reed, and Matt Phelan.  I listened, learned, and talked about books.  I volunteered, participated in the Illustrator Challenge, met with an editor, had books signed, and made a lot of new friends.  It was a very full, very fun, and very inspirational, weekend!

It would be impossible to share everything, but here are my top takeaways from NESCBWI 2018...

 Nothing is more important that being good.

Hard work develops talent.

 Practice & push yourself.

Learn from others, but don't compare yourself to them.

 Explore, evolve, & try new things.


Don't be afraid to take risks!


  1. Glad you had such an inspirational trip those are the best. I do love your sister's photo.

  2. Wow! I wondered what those conferences were like, but never could afford to go to one. Now that I'm not working on a children's book, but working on children's comics instead, I don't know if I should continue my membership with SCBWI. I'm not sure if they help or are interested in comic creators, but I do like their magazines they send out in the mail. :o)


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