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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What's Up Wednesday! February 25

I hadn't intended to stop posting after Tuesday of last week, but this is what happened. I am almost done with moving things and am almost done with cleaning. OH, GOD THE CLEANING! I also have a whole boatload of things left to unpack, but should have time Thursday to get some serious drawing done!

Interview Schedule:
February 27th - Michael Blackbourn IT WILL BE EPIC!

WHAT I'M READING
A few pages here and a few pages there of almost every book I unpack. I have to look at every title as I put them on the shelf (a self imposed restriction). I'm noticing a lot of books I forgot I had!

WHAT I'M WRITING/DRAWING
I've got two new ideas for picture books... now if I can remember what they are and get them down on paper before they fade. Also being a bit erratic when it comes to mediums I'm using in my artwork. Tried using colored pencils and I hate it. Why did I use to love it so much? Funny how things change.

Every Day Possible
Drawing all the things!

Wed 02/25 What's Up Wednesday! Post. Done! Getting rid of a couple of big furniture items. 

Thursday 02/26-  DOING ALL THE THINGS. ALL OF THEM  WILL BE DONE!

Friday 02/27- Interview with Michael Blackbourn!

Saturday 02/28- Running away from home.

Sunday  03/01 - Crying tears of joy, because all of the moving will be done this day. Then I will be crying tears of unpacking pain.

Monday  03/02- Maybe I'll be in a sleep coma today? No? I can dream. 

Tuesday  03/03 - Looking for the magic organizing fairy.

Wednesday  03/04 - What's Up Wednesday! If I'm still alive.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
"Locking" myself in my art room. Even though there are no locks and people come in often. This soon shall change.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Toddler Minding 
Anyone want to buy a slightly used 4 year old?

Ect.
If I die from moving will I still get my deposit back?

*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.

Friday, February 20, 2015

No Interview Today

There is no interview today, sorry! I posted the interview early this week here: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/02/interview-with-rita-goldner.html I posted it early because I wanted to give Rita Goldner her best chance for her Kickstarter. The more days the post is up the more chance people have to see the Kickstarter! I will be posting a new interview next Friday with Michael Blackbourn!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! - Day 8 - Last Day!

Today is Day 8 and the last day of The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! I just read Teresa's blog post and I'm in tears. I know, I'm a big sap (I blame the birth of my son for that). Teresa is right. The books that we created between Kindergarten and High School were not bad, they were awesome! I hear of so many people say they aren't good at drawing or writing. All of us here weren't great writers or illustrators when we started. It's amazing how far you can go with a lot of passion and practice.

I want to take this moment to thank every single person who donated their time and effort to making this blog hop possible. Becky, Marcie, Mandy, Sylvia, Rachel, Annina and Teresa are such wonderful people and I'm so honored to know them all. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I know we are all destined for great things!

Feb 9  - Dani Duck http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day-1.html
Feb 10- Becky Fyfe http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day2.html
Feb 11- Marcie Colleen http://writeroutine.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-seeds-of-my-dream-bad-picture-book.html
Feb 12- Mandy Yates  http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/mondays-with-mandy-or-mira
Feb 13- Sylvia Liu http://www.sylvialiuland.com/2015/02/My-Early-Writings-and-Drawings.html
Feb 16 Rachel Elizabeth Cole http://rachelelizabethcole.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop.html
Feb 17 Annina Wildermuth https://allmycharacters.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop/

You are here -> Feb 18 Teresa MI Schaefer http://www.teresamischaefer.com/#!The-Bad-Picture-Book-Blog-Hop-Beginnings-and-Endings/c1hi3/D425A4D8-3007-436C-B708-8999DFDED75C

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Interview With Rita Goldner

Today I'm having a special interview on a special day. I am interviewing Rita Goldner today Author and Illustrator of the book "Orangutan: A Day in the Rainforest Canopy". The reason why I moved the post today is that Rita is running a Kickstarter for this very book and she needs your help! She is almost 50% funded and has 14 days left to go!

Rita created this book to help educate about animal extinction and the importance of the rain forest. There are fun facts written throughout the book. Her book is beautifully illustrated as you can see from the paintings at my blog. Check out Rita's Kickstarter here, but not before you read the interview!

Dani: Why did you choose to focus on Orangutans in your story?

Rita: I've been a plein air painter and sketcher for years, and spent a lot of time sketching animals at the zoo. The orangutan family were great subjects, and as I became more interested I started doing research and realized how serious their threatened extinction is.


Dani: What's the silliest thing you've seen (or hear of) an Orangutan do?


Rita: I saw them at the zoo putting pieces of cardboard on their heads like hats. I learned later that it's a natural behavior to put a big leaf on their heads to shelter from rain. The zoo didn't have huge leaves, so they gave them sheets of cardboard from boxes.


Dani: Finish the following thoughts:


I need to express how urgent the plight is. I hope my book engages young readers with the natural world and endangered species. If they learn to love and respect orangutans, maybe they can make a difference in the future.

Animals are not for entertainment, but to be respected and cared for.

If only people would realize that the world's ecosystems are all intertwined, and each species depends on the others.


Dani:  What's special about your work?

Rita: My educational background is Elementary Education with a concentration in Art. So when I started writing and illustrating pictures, I felt a real connection, both with the kids and the illustration. My pictures are colorful and whimsical, and in this particular work, I kept the story upbeat. I don't want to upset kids with a problem they can't help now. I just want them to learn about orangutans and the rainforest, so they'll help when they grow up.



Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?

Rita: To help change the world for the better through education. That sounds kind of vague, but my specific goal now is to get this book printed and distributed. Toward that end, I've launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing. The kickstarter page has a video with sample pages, and an explanation of the project. It's a community effort from animal-lovers on all levels. Please check it out at this link: http://kck.st/1zsJVWe

The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! - Day 7

Today is the Seventh day of the The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! I can't believe it's almost over! Imagine if all that bad stuff you did in elementary or high school was up for everyone to see. That's basically what we're doing here. Posting our Picture Books from High School or before! I am the organizer of this blog hop and will keep you up to date each day as to where to go next.

Here is the list of stops. I'll be adding new links throughout the week so you can check out the actual posts.

Feb 9  - Dani Duck http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day-1.html
Feb 10- Becky Fyfe http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day2.html
Feb 11- Marcie Colleen http://writeroutine.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-seeds-of-my-dream-bad-picture-book.html

Feb 12- Mandy Yates  http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/mondays-with-mandy-or-mira
Feb 13- Sylvia Liu http://www.sylvialiuland.com/2015/02/My-Early-Writings-and-Drawings.htmlFeb 16 Rachel Elizabeth Cole http://rachelelizabethcole.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop.html
You are here -> Feb 17 Annina Wildermuth https://allmycharacters.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop/

Feb 18 Teresa MI Schaefer 
http://www.teresamischaefer.com/

Monday, February 16, 2015

The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! - Day 6

Today is the Sixth day of the The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop! We took a break for the weekend, but now we are back in business! Imagine if all that bad stuff you did in elementary or high school was up for everyone to see. That's basically what we're doing here. Posting our Picture Books from High School or before! I am the organizer of this blog hop and will keep you up to date each day as to where to go next.

Here is the list of stops. I'll be adding new links throughout the week so you can check out the actual posts.

Feb 9  - Dani Duck http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day-1.html
Feb 10- Becky Fyfe http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop-day2.html
Feb 11- Marcie Colleen http://writeroutine.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-seeds-of-my-dream-bad-picture-book.html

Feb 12- Mandy Yates  http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/mondays-with-mandy-or-mira
Feb 13- Sylvia Liu http://www.sylvialiuland.com/2015/02/My-Early-Writings-and-Drawings.htmlYou are here ->Feb 16 Rachel Elizabeth Cole http://rachelelizabethcole.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-bad-picture-book-blog-hop.html


Feb 17 Annina Wildermuth https://allmycharacters.wordpress.com/
Feb 18 Teresa MI Schaefer 
http://www.teresamischaefer.com/#!The-Bad-Picture-Book-Blog-Hop/c1hi3/5A91D616-0D6C-43A3-AB6D-DC3D6103557E

Friday, February 13, 2015

Interview With The Devilish Tatum Flynn

I am so sorry I'm so late posting this interview this week. I just remembered it was Friday a few hours ago!  

I love it when books travel far from the norm. I especially love fantasy stories that aren't all about the normal fairies, mermaids and princesses. (Those can be fun as well.) I especially love it when I find a person who is writing stories that I would have loved to read as a kid. Bonus when these are books that are for the MG -YA level. I find that there are far more books now that understand the minds of kids (maybe partly because there are just more books). 

I would have loved to read Tatum Flynn's "The Devil Diaries" when I was young. Her second book in the series. "Hells Bells" is set to be published January 2016 by Orchard Books! 

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Dani: Why devilish kids books?

Tatum: The Devil told me to do it. Oh and possibly also because I have a fondness for funny mixed with scary, and unusual fantasy worlds, and because kids are the best people in the world to write for because they really LIVE their favourite stories.

Dani: Are devils truly evil?

Tatum: Some are. Some aren't so much. And certain twelve-year-olds really wish they were but just can't seem to get the hang of evilness no matter how hard they try, and keep accidentally ending up with kitten gifs instead of deadly computer viruses, or rainbows instead of napalm...


Dani: Finish the following thoughts:

1. I can't...

Gee, thanks. Now I'm thinking about all the things I can't do, like sing or marry Jason Momoa or make cakes without them coming out looking like overused bath sponges. Let's settle for 'I can't wait for my book to come out', although I'm actually quite terrified about it so that's not *entirely* true.

2. Writing is...





3. I'm always...

that friend who tells you to Do The Thing. Meanwhile I'm probably in bed with a stack of Calvin and Hobbes, Not Doing The Thing.

Dani: What's special about your work?

Tatum: Um. I'll leave that for my readers to decide. Though The D'Evil Diaries *is* the only kid's book set in Hell, featuring Lucifer's youngest son, a dead circus girl, a demon sloth, and carnivorous carousel horses that I know of, so there is that.

Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?

Tatum: Yikes. Now I feel like I'm at a Christmas party with all my relatives. *hides behind sofa petting cats* To be happy, and for my books to make other people happy, I guess.

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Bio: Tatum Flynn lives by the sea in England with a cat called Friday and too many hats. She has a soft spot for the word ‘ramshackle’, and a vagabond past which involves piloting lifeboats in Venezuela, playing poker in Las Vegas, shooting rapids in the Grand Canyon and almost falling out of a plane over Scotland. Her debut, THE D’EVIL DIARIES, will be out from Orchard/Hachette on the 2nd April 2015, with illustrations by the brilliant Dave Shephard, and a sequel, Hell's Belles, will follow January 2016. Find her on Tumblr (sometimes) and Twitter (far too often).