Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hmmm. Last post notes "Much going on here." Will just say "ditto" and fill you in. First, two big projects are in the final stages.

I’m excited to say that my Cryptomania Workbook on Greek and Latin roots has been copyediting and is now in the capable hands of my graphic designer and artist. Kim Doner, who illustrated my Cryptomania book, is creating the black and white spot art and just sent a fab drawing of Alphy the Microcyanosaurus in Greco-Roman garb. The dude has personality and his lively presence will brighten the pages.

My critique groups are now listening to parts of Jump, Froggies!, the eBook I’m writing for folks brand new to children’s writing. (I’m at the wrestle-it-to-the-mat stage.) Will post when both are available.

So honored to be included on the Advisory Board as UCSD Extension plans its new certificate program for writing and illustrating children’s books. What a great idea. We met last week—a bunch of bibliophiles all splashing about in ideas.

And now that 2014 is here, I only have four months (four months!) to wait for Random House to launch my Sleepytime Me. Christopher Denise’s art is breathtaking. Hop over to Christopher’s site and blog for sneak peeks of cover and interior art: and

Busy February coming up. My friend Alexis O’Neill is coming down by train and staying with me—we’re both speaking at CSLA—CA School Library Association. Judith Josephson and I are speaking on writing biographies and ebiographies for young readers. And the next Saturday I’m at CATE switching between my Grammar Patrol hat and a laurel wreath to discuss common bloopers and Greek and Latin roots.

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