Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What's Up Wednesday! - I'm Still Alive

I didn't plan to get sick (no one does), but it happened anyway. I think I had just finished a cold the last time I posted, and I got another one right after. I was really ill right up until December 24th (slept all day) and was feeling ok on the 25th (thank goodness!). How was everyone's Christmas? We had a great one here!

I am feeling better now, but still have quite the cold. I missed the December 19th interview. I have several other interviews planned, but have to go through my email later to figure out the order!

Interview Schedule:
January 2nd - Bobbie Dacus
January 9th - Julie Murphy

WHAT I'M READING
Anthology stories! 

WHAT I'M WRITING/DRAWING
I finally squeezed in writing my story for the Anything Goes Anthology. I think there is a couple more months of work on that. I'll let you know more about this later!

The free Monster Chores coloring book is coming out soon! I'll make a post for this once it's released. Jennyann has a couple more things to do before it's officially released. 

I have a TON of things I'm planning this year. I will make a post about this by Monday (or if it's several posts I'll start them by Monday). I'm hoping this will be the best year ever for both me and my blog!

Every Day Possible
2015 Planning and dummy work.

Wed 12/31 
What's Up Wednesday Post. Done! Happy New Years Eve!

Thursday 01/01-  Planning for 2015 (Especially David's Birthday Party).

Friday 12/02- Interview with Bobby Darcus! Working on some dummy work.

Saturday 12/03- Dummy work and unicorn poo. (I got sick so I'm behind!)

Sunday 12/04- Coughing all day.

Monday 12/05- Finding that lung I lost. 

Tuesday 12/06 - Dreaming about hiring a maid and personal cook.

Wednesday 12/07 - What's Up Wednesday! David's Birthday!

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Resting as much as possible.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Toddler Minding 
I'm sick, so he's sick. He did all the bad things today!

Ect.
Coughing, but not dying!

*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, December 12, 2014

Interview with Dianna Dorisi Winget

I am joined on my blog today by author Dianna Dorsi Winget. This is the second time that Dianna has been on my blog. The first time was a website review back in February of 2013. Here is a link to the first review: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2013/02/dianna-dorisi-winget.html 
I'm so glad to bring her back on my blog and get the real inside scoop on how she thinks! Last time she was here there she only had one book available, and now she has three. She's been quite the busy bee! 

Dianna has written the books: "A Smidgen of Sky", "A Million Ways home and "A Sliver of Sun". Soon "A Sliver of Sun" (sequel to "A Smidgen of Sky") will be released as an ebook. Keep checking Dianna's website to see when this book will be released! 

If you haven't visited Dianna's website then check it out. You can read a lot of her stories there and find out more secrets that aren't in this interview. Don't check it out now, there's an interview you have yet to read! 




Dani: Why books?

Dianna: I had a mother who introduced me to books and the joy of reading from very early on. But I fell in love with books about age ten. From then on it became my dream to write middle grade novels.

Dani: What's over your rainbow?

Dianna: The kind of perfect living conditions the Bible promises for the future. No more sickness, pain or suffering for people or animals.

Dani: Finish these thoughts:

1. I don't often... invite people over to my home. I know I should be more hospitable. But neither my husband nor I are big social bugs. It’s not that I don’t like people, but I've always been a homebody. Maybe it’s that whole reclusive writer thing.


2. My greatest wish... Hmm. I don’t think it’s necessarily my greatest wish, but I wish the publishing industry was a lot less volatile. It can be frustrating when you have to wade through all the red tape and loopholes when all you really want to do is write entertaining stories for young readers. Another wish would be to have enough time, money and room to go to my local animal shelter and adopt all the dogs at once.

3. My books never... turn out looking quite like I expect them to. Don’t get me wrong, I've been very happy with my book covers for the most part. But somehow, I always have these ideas in my head of how I’d design them if it was up to me, and somehow they never look like that.

Dani: What's special about your work?

Dianna: My work isn't commercial, it’s literary. I love to delve deeply into friends, family and relationships. And I try hard to come up with characters that kids can deeply bond with and relate to. Oh, and the dogs, of course! You've gotta have a dog. They’re usually the most relatable of all

Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?

Dianna: To be the best mom and wife I can be, and to help young readers fall in love with books the way I did.

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Follow Dianna: 

Website: www.diannawinget.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DiannaMWinget
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5573825.Dianna_Dorisi_Winget

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What's Up Wednesday! December 10

Having a decent December so far. Working on a lot of things, being busy. My cold is almost gone and I have a few hours tomorrow to just create. Feeling weak still, so exercise is tough!

My son got a toy thrown at his head and ended up with a cut. He's had to have a bandage on him and I've not taken him to get a haircut because he's scared of people touching it. Hopefully I can get Christmas cards made before December 12 (which is the limit for sending things to the states before Christmas). 

Interview Schedule:
December 12 - Dianna Dorisi Winget
December 19 - Julie Murphy
December 26 - Day after Christmas so no Interview
January 2nd - Bobby Darcus

WHAT I'M READING
Still on the anthology. I'm behind because I was sick.

WHAT I'M WRITING/DRAWING
Continuing dummy work this week. Didn't get much done last week because I was sneezing up a storm! I didn't like the idea of getting sneeze on my artwork. I'm pretty sure there is a law against that!

Every Day Possible
Dummy work

Wed 12/10 
What's Up Wednesday Post. Done! 

Thursday 12/11-  Working on picture book Dummies

Friday 12/12- Interview with Dianna Dorisi Winget! Sending out mail today. 

Saturday 12/13- Dummy work and unicorn poo.

Sunday 12/14Continuing the poo

Monday 12/15- Still dying this day. 

Tuesday 12/16 - Sleeping the whole day (yeah right)! 

Wednesday 12/17 - What's Up Wednesday!

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Sleep. All of the sleep!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Toddler Minding 
Just a boo boo and getting over the cough. 

Ect.
Better but still weak.

*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.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Kung Pow Chicken Winners!

Thank you for everyone who entered the giveaway for Cyndi Marko's book "Kung Pow Chicken: Heroes on the Side". The more people that enter these giveaways gives me a chance to have bigger and better giveaways! Keep checking back for more giveaways.

Here are the winners of the giveaway:

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

PiBoIdMo Winnah!

I am a PiBoIdMo
I last year I entered Tara Lazar's (http://taralazar.com/) PiBoIdMo challenge because I was out of ideas. At least for picture books. This year I entered the 12x12 (12 picture books in 12 months http://www.juliehedlund.com/12-x-12/). and I would have had no ideas for picture books if it hadn't been for Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo. I focused on illustration this past year's 12x12, but I was able to generate several new ideas for manuscripts (even if not all of them got written). I just barely scraped by last year with 30 ideas.

This year I wanted more.  If an idea doesn't grab me when I go to write, then it's not helpful (at least not at the time). My plan was to have more than 30 ideas. After 10 days of the event I was done with 30. I could have stopped there and been fine, but I wanted more. So my new goal was 60, and I wasn't sure that I could get that.

I'm a pretty competitive person. If I know I can win something, then I will make it my goal to win that thing. I was reading through the numbers people were posting and I had to have MORE than what everyone else was posting. I think the highest number I saw was 52, so I went from 40-60 ideas in one day.

60 wasn't enough, so in the final week I came up with a few. I joked that I would come up with 30-40 ideas in one day. I was crazy busy all month, but Sunday was slow. I got an idea for generating ideas, and ended up with 102 ideas to finish up the month. 

Now not everyone is going to get 100 ideas, but it's the trying that counts. Next year will be different, but I'm happy what I achieved this year. I have a lot of ideas now, but not all of them are going to move me when I go to write. If I don't like any of my ideas? I'll go back to previous PiBoIdMo years and generate ideas from old posts. Thank you so much Tara Lazar for PiBoIdMo. I promise to make you proud of the amount of ideas I use in manuscripts this year!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Interview With Jennyann Carthern

Today on my blog I have the fantastic Jennyann Carthern. I met Jennyann through the 12 x 12 (which is an awesome group of picture book writers/illustrators--more on this later). Jennyann has brought together several illustrators for a monster coloring book which she will be releasing soon. This fantastic coloring book will be a free download for every coloring enthusiast to enjoy!

Jennyann loves the fine art of mural creation. She also teaches students to paint murals, sculpt, act, design, and animate. Jennyann paints in a traditional medium and loves creating brightly colored illustrations.












Dani: Why picture books?

Jennyann: Picture books have always been a interest of mine since grade school. Under the influence of my school librarian, who would read to my class every week. I was not only inspired by the stories, but the images that surrounded them. Some of my favorite picture books growing up included Corduroy, the adventures of Busytown, The Little House, and all things by Shel Silverstein starting with Where the sidewalk ends. I could go on on on with this list.



Dani: Do you know the Muffin Man?

Jennyann: Yes, I know the muffin man, he lives on Drury Lane. I don’t like to visit him all that much, because of his crummy attitude. Just saying!


Dani: Finish these thoughts:

1. I can't find...my pencil sharpener.

2. I never want...to pet a spider.

3. Drawing is like..being born again.




Dani: What's special about your work?

Jennyann: The work I make is special because it is an authentic translation of where I am in any given moment. It’s made from passion, hard work , and play. I also prefer the tactile qualities in making art, in that I love using the raw materials, rather than digital, which still come in handy for editing purposes.





Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?

Jennyann: My ultimate goal is life is to create successful art businesses, that will allow me to make a living doing what I love while sharing those creative sparks with others. I love making art, teaching art, and advocating the arts in after school programs, and I’m on a mission to show the world what art is made of.






Follow Jennyann: 


Website: http://jennyanncarthern.wix.com/jennyanncarthern

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennyannCarthern

and https://www.facebook.com/paintisthickerthanwater

Fine Art: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jennyann-carthern.html

Blog: http://www.paintisthickerthanwater.com

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106358831937128489417





Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What's Up Wednesday! December 3

I am SO GLAD November is over. It was a crazy month. It left me really sick, too! Or maybe that was my son? Oh well. Anyway I want to tell you to get your clucking self over to this post: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2014/11/interview-with-cyndi-marko-and-book.html because you could win one of two Kung Pow Chicken: Let's Get Cracking! (Kung Pow Chicken book 4) books. Cyndi Marko has kindly donated two of her softcover books for the chicken cause! This is NOT an EBOOK PEOPLE! Please enter. You don't have to do much to enter!

Interview Schedule:
December 05 - Jennyann Carthen
December 12 - Dianna Dorisi Winget
December 19 - Julie Murphy
December 26 - Day after Christmas so no Interview
January 2nd - Bobby Darcus


WHAT I'M READING
I'm still reading stories for an anthology. The most recent story I read made me cry! Sweetest story ever!

WHAT I'M WRITING/DRAWING
I FINISHED MY DUMMY AND FINISHED ARTWORK! I submitted it to an agent, so fingers crossed. I also finished the portrait I was working on. The parents really love the portrait! I'm working on some additional dummy work now. It's one (by one I mean many stories) of those things that I need to get on paper yesterday. It's burning a hole in my brain. 

I also have a unicorn poo picture book I'm doing. This may not be suitable for people who are against unicorns, bunnies or poo. Sorry if you are one of these people. Hopefully I'll have this done soon!

Every Day Possible
Dummy Work and finals

Wed 11/26 
What's Up Wednesday Post. Done! 

Thursday 11/27 -  Starting some new picture book Dummies

Friday 11/28 - Interview with Jennyann Carthen! Maybe some Santa photos?

Saturday 11/29 - Dummy work and unicorn poo.

Sunday 11/30 

Monday 12/01 - I shall promptly die this day. 

Tuesday 11/18 - Working on Unicorn Poo if not done. Also sewing a pegasus

Wednesday 11/19 - What's Up Wednesday!

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Occasional sinus medication... I have a cold. :(

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Toddler Minding 
Kiddo has bronchitis! Had a cold forever and now this. He's on antibiotics right now. Coughs a bit and is fussy, but otherwise fine. 

Ect.
Sick, sick, sick.

*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, November 28, 2014

Interview with Cyndi Marko and a Book Giveaway!

Today on my blog I have the lovely Cyndi Marko! Cyndi is one of the members of my SCBWI (Canada West) region. It's so exciting when I get to interview someone who lives near me!

Cyndi is one serious chick. She's been working hard, boiling her eggs..er stories that are quickly becoming a hit (let's hope for a TV series). These stories are about a crime fighting chicken duo. When I think of her stories I wonder: Why was this not a thing before?

Cyndi's first book that cracked open the way for her no so foul popularity is KPC #1 Let’s Get Cracking!  This book is now nominated for the Silver Birch Express 2015 award. Click here to see the Nomination! Let's all cross our fingers (or feathers if you don't have fingers) for her! 

As an extra special bonus today, Cyndi has generously donated two of her books for a giveaway. Be sure to enter this giveaway for your chance to win one of these softcover books! Before you do this, please be sure to read this entire interview first. Anyone who breaks the pecking order will be disqualified. Of course I have no way to know if any of you cluckers entered before reading, so there probably wont be any disqualifications.


Edit: I forgot to mention earlier that for the giveaway anyone can enter, but books can only be sent to the US and Canada. I made a note of everyone who entered the contest before this. If one of these people wins (and does not live in the US or Canada) I'll figure something out for them! Also I shortened the giveaway time. It was always meant to run just a week. Sorry about that!

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Dani: Why children’s books?


Cyndi: Writing and illustrating kids’ books is just something I’ve always wanted to do, and I always had a lot of encouragement from my English and Art teachers to pursue writing and art. But I think the biggest reason is because I can be as weird and as silly as I want, and kids will not only be okay with it, they’ll get it. At heart, I’m a big kid. Having to be a grown up seems like punishment in a lot of ways. I don’t wanna do the dishes!


Dani: Why DID the chicken cross the road?

Cyndi: SO funny you should ask that!! That question actually gets answered in KPC book 4, HEROES ON THE SIDE, which is out December 1st. *spoiler alert* To get to the bad guy on the other side.







Finish these thoughts:

1. My books are…

Cyndi: A little bit ridiculous. And I hope lots of fun! I’m usually giggling my pants off when I write or sketch something. So, yeah, I laugh at my own jokes. *hangs head in shame*



2. Readers should know…

Cyndi: Leotard wedgies are a real and constant threat. Be vigilant.



3. My secret is…

Cyndi: Secrets? What secrets? I don’t have any secrets. Why? Do you know something?

Dani: What’s special about your work?

Cyndi: I think my work has a slightly absurd, but a little bit charming, quality. I write/draw what would have made me laugh as a kid. It brings me immense joy to hear about kids running around saying Bok Bok Brains.








Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?

Cyndi: Three words: World Chicken Domination.


Webpage: http://cyndimarko.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CynMarko



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What's Up Wednesday November 26

Crazy, crazy November. I'll be glad when it's over. This is going to be longer than most of my What's Up Wednesday posts because I'm going to announce a winner and also give you my upcoming interview schedule! The winner is annouced at the bottom of this post. Yes I'm evil!

Interview Schedule:
This Friday (11-28) - Cyndi Marko
December 05 - Jennyann Carthen
December 12 - Dianna Dorisi Winget
December 19 - Julie Murphy
December 26 - Day after Christmas so no Interview
January 2nd - Bobby Darcus

If your name is not on this list, and you submitted an interview please let me know ASAP! I will be sending out more interviews soon.

WHAT I'M READING
I forgot to mention that I'm reading a bunch of stories for a collaborative fiction anthology. I keep feeling like I'm not reading when I'm not reading a book, but yes, I am reading many stories right now. Also commenting on said stories. I am reading people!

WHAT I'M WRITING/DRAWING
So many things this week! I'm finishing a portrait, finishing my final images (and scanning them in) for my picture book package, sketching up a new dummy (hopefully one final on this at least started!) or two, finishing up a collaborative coloring book, and doing a million other things that would be boring!

Every Day Possible
Working on finished artwork and new dummy work.

Wed 11/26 
What's Up Wednesday Post. Done! Coloring book done tonight.

Thursday 11/27 -  Finishing up my finals and hopefully the portrait work as well. 

Friday 11/28 - Interview with Cyndi Marko. Scanning in finals.

Saturday 11/29 - Birthday Party today!

Sunday 11/30 - Submission for agent due at noon PST. Hopefully in sooner.

Monday 12/01 - I shall promptly die this day. 

Tuesday 11/18 - Working on Unicorn Poo if not done. Also sewing a pegasus

Wednesday 11/19 - What's Up Wednesday!

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Drinking coffee until I literally can't see straight. 

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Toddler Minding 
Husband off this week so he's watching the kid a lot. Which means I'm doing more work on other things.

Ect.
Not feeling great this week. Had my first ocular migraine. It didn't hurt, but I couldn't see well for 30 mins!

WINNER: 

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*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, November 21, 2014

Interview with Illustrator Leila Nabih

I have the wonderful Leila Nabih on my blog today. Leila does adorably fun (mostly) digital illustration! She and I are working with a group of illustrators to put out a free coloring book...which I should be working on right now...

Right now on her webpage Leila has some wonderful Christmas Cards for the holiday season. If you love these cards (and what's not to love?) you just have to click on them to see where you can pick them up!

If you have a Mac or iPad you should pick up Leila's book "Imagine" off of iTunes! Don't click any of those links yet! Read the interview, fall in love with Leila and her work and then (ONLY THEN) you can click on her links to find out more about the fantastic Leila Nabih!





Dani: Why do you illustrate for children?

Leila: I have a billion gazillion stories to tell. I have a bursting imagination that I cannot contain. I don't know if it is a blessing or a curse.... For as long as i can remember, I've wanted to tell magical stories and capture the imagination and minds of children. Consequently, i chose, not only to write these down , but also to illustrate them. This is how and why i decided to quit the corporate world of publishing and focus on my writing and illustration skills. I'm still learning a lot ( it's barely been a year since i started this journey and I already feel like I've made a lot of progress) and i've still got some way to go before I 'make it' in this industry, but I'm determined to make it. Now, what I need to figure out, is the age range I should focus on, my signature style and how to 'officially' set myself up as a freelancer.

2. Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?


Leila: I am..... My big bad wolf being "the fear of not being good enough". How does one know if one is ready to get out there and approach agents and publishers with one's work? Be it in illustration or writing, I'm afraid of putting myself out there. I know I'm the only one standing in my way... I know there is no such thing as 'being ready' ( one can never be ready really...), but I'm just still a bit reticent to get destructive criticism and rejections when i put so much of myself in everything i do. I'm trying to build up confidence through my audience, on my website, on my facebook page, on my blog, through Twitter, by participating in challenges, by responding to interview requests, by collaborating with other artists on special projects, and anything else that comes along... But the big bad wolf is hiding in the shadows, behind a tree, his white teeth glowing in the dark, holding a leash, pulling ever so lightly so i can't cross that life changing moment when i say "this is it".



My latest adventures (despite the big bad wolf) are :

-an interview on the website of Telaina Muir (http://www.impandthestoryteller.com/?p=838http://www.impandthestoryteller.com/?p=838)

-an illustration for a colouring book as part of an artist collaborative project on the theme of monsters that will be published soon

-A new collection of prints and Xmas cards available on my Society6 store (http://society6.com/leilasimaginarium)

-a competition to produce a bookmark for the International Book Giving Day 2015 ( Illustration attached)


Dani: Finish these thoughts:
1. My greatest achievement...

My greatest achievement SO FAR (because I plan on achieving a lot of things in the upcoming future) has been to get a Diploma in Children Illustration with Merit from a renown London University.

2. I want to...

I want to be the best i can be. There are so many artists out there, so many people more talented than me. I just want to find my place among those stars.

3. I draw...

I draw because I love it. I draw because its the most satisfying way for me to express myself, say what and how i feel, and tell a story. I draw to find my inner child and stay young at heart.

Dani: What's special about your work?
Leila: I would hope that my work illustrates my world. Cute and cuddly characters, funny and quirky individuals with stories to tell. Animals or children one can identify himself/herself with, through their experiences and their emotions. Illustrations that make you feel fuzzy and fluffy and skip a step and dance.

Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?

Leila: I would like to write and illustrate books that will be memorable for generations to come. Like Beatrix Potter, or Charles Perrault, or the Brothers Grimm or Dr Seuss.... Very ambitious I know, but what's the use of dreaming if you don't dream big?

You can follow me and my progress here:

Website: www.leilanabih.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Because I Didn't Get Enough Entries

Because I did not get enough entries for Danielle Girard's "Everything to Lose" I'm extending the deadline until Tuesday Night. You can win a free eBook with this giveaway, so enter now. Maybe I didn't advertise this enough, or maybe it got lost in the post, so I'm posting it again here!

I've given you more ways to enter now, so there should be no excuses. There is even a "Free Entry" so if you don't want to do anything but enter you can. I hope a lot of people enter, because I don't want to stop doing giveaways on my blog. I will stop doing giveaways if no one enters said giveaways.

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I also forgot to post the winners for the Soulless contest, so here's the results! Sorry about that!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What's Up Wednesday! November 19

November is going fast! I've been busy doing so many things lately that I can't see straight. For some reason I decided to do some unicorn and unicorn poo drawings. It's probably better that you don't ask, but I hope you do! I also have TONS of interviews coming up. I just need to sort through and remember who runs at which time!

WHAT I'M READING
Some annoying Transformers book my kid loves. Really bad story and far too old for him.

WHAT I'M WRITING/DRAWING
Doing some portrait work this week. Working on a Unicorn Poo coloring book and finishing some final artwork for a book I have.

Every Day Possible
Working on finished artwork and new dummy work.

Wed 11/19 
What's Up Wednesday Post. Done!

Thursday 11/20 -  Danielle Girard's "Everything to Lose" Giveaway ends today. Also doing some much needed drawing!

Friday 11/21 - Interview with gosh, I forget! I'll get back to you on that one.

Saturday 11/15 - ARTWORK MUST BE DONE TODAY!

Sunday 11/16 - Uncorn Poo

Monday 11/17 - Money, money, money, money, MONEY! (I don't know if that will get me money, but it doesn't hurt to try.)

Tuesday 11/18 - Working on some artwork.

Wednesday 11/19 - What's Up Wednesday!

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Unicorns. I don't know why. I don't usually draw unicorns, but whatever.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Toddler Minding 
We woke up screaming, "I DON'T WANT TO GO TO SLEEP!" It was 7am and I told him he could get up. Still we screamed for 10 minutes.

Ect.
I'm not doing great but I keep working out!

*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.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I'm Making Ornaments! Also my Etsy shop is OPEN.

I'm making some ornaments for our Christmas tree this year. I've got three of them finished so far. I have a barn owl, a reindeer and Santa Claus! These are not the only ones. I've also got an angel and a snowman I've yet to finish. Those are not the only ones I'm doing for the year, but this is the limit to the ones I've designed so far. I'm thinking about doing a panda bear, an elf, a bunny and maybe even a few other designs.

In case you don't know I also have my Etsy shop up and running again. You can see what I have here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/DaniDuckArt I have a lot of recent artwork up for sale there along with prints. I also have a couple of coloring books (one is a great stocking stuffer).

I do not make any money with this website and hate the idea of having ads. It is difficult to spend unpaid time on my website. If you like my blog please see if there is anything in my shop you like. Be sure to type in the coupon code: artistobscure to receive 10% off your purchase. I'm not planning on removing this code any time soon. So feel free to use it as many times as you'd like. If you have any problems or questions feel free to contact me!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Interview with Deena Lipomi

Deena all prettied up!
I have the wonderful Deena Lipomi on my blog today. She has a wonderful sense of humor and was very fun to interview. After (and only after) you read this interview go and visit her blog for more fun! Have you read her blog? Did you see the library cat shirt donation? So hilarious! Deena has two books "Blackout" and "Deserted" I stole her link for the trailer for "Blackout" which you can view at the bottom of this post. To see the trailer for "Deserted" you have to visit Deena's website (because I can't make everything too easy)!

Dani: How does being a librarian change your writing?

Deena: Because I am so tuned in to the new YA and MG books being sold, published, and released so I can decide if they should be bought by our library, I am perhaps hyper-aware of stories/ideas that are close to my own, which can either be motivating (Must. Write. Faster!) or discouraging ("That author stole my idea!" although we've never met.) This happened to me three times this past year, twice with YA novels and once with an MG. So I don't think it changes my actual writing so much, but instead my motivation to write -- or give up on an idea.

Dani: Who left the gum on the floor?

Deena: I don't know about the floor, but it was a day of disgust when some colleagues and I went into the library on a weekend to rearrange some furniture, and when we turned the (14-year-old) study table on its side to move it -- EWWWW! The underside was COVERED in fossilized gum…AND I'D TOUCHED IT! So I guess the answer to "Who left the gum under the table," the answer is everyone.

Deena in Paris
Dani finish these sentences: 

1. Libraries are…

Deena: a place where everyone is accepted and welcomed…as long as they behave themselves.

2. I love to read…

Deena: young adult novels more than anything. But that is closely followed by middle-grade novels. Which is closely followed by great YA non-fiction. Which is followed by…OK, you get the idea. My TBR pile is about 12 books high right now. 

3. Nobody knows that…

Deena: Rather than finishing this sentence I am going to interrupt with this statement: There is probably nothing that nobody knows about me unless I don't know it myself. However, I will also say that nobody knows that public libraries are not quiet, calm, peaceful places to work unless they've also worked in one.

Dani:  What's special about your work?

Deena: I feel my writing and novels are special because they stem from places of truth. BLACKOUT was the result of a conversation with the mom of a babysitting charge I had in high school who was driving through the Pennsylvania countryside with her brother when they saw a UFO and never spoke of it again. The MG novel my agent is trying to sell is based on an old insane asylum community here in Rochester, NY. I hope the truth of the emotions related to these real places and experiences shine through the pages. 

Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?

Deena: Wow, what a loaded question! Career wise, I would love to make enough money off of my novels to work as a YA Librarian 20 hours per week and write for 40 hours per week (now it is the opposite). But just as a general life goal, I hope to be a peaceful, loving, friendly person who makes the day brighter for others just by treating everyone well; I'd like to know I helped to dilute the population of not nice people in the world with my good intentions. 

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