Archive for March, 2013

Another kind of dog.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

(Please click on the images if you have trouble reading the dialog.)

There have been quite a few children’s books about dogs.  Lovable, people loving dogs.  I’m writing a book about my dog, but he’s a bit different.  My boy needs personal space.  Strangers are to be seen from a distance and they’re definitely NOT supposed to come up and manhandle his butt.  Even if they do it while saying “Who’s a good boy then?”

I can’t really blame him.  If someone came up and manhandled my butt and said, “Who’s a good girl then?”  I would be VERY upset and prone to physical violence.

Sometimes I wonder if he ‘s seen  one to many Public Service Announcements about strangers.

And let’s face it, there is nothing stranger than some children.

When I say children that includes babies.  As I’ve said before, in my Christmas story ( http://zuill.us/andreablog/2012/12/06/a-christmas-dog/  ), my dog can’t stand babies but he does like their toys.  He’d never hurt a child but stealing from them is not a moral issue for him.

 

There is a type of child my dog likes.  My furry guy  likes to be treated like just another kid.

He may not know what is going on but he gives it his all.

There is only one problem with gaining my dogs trust. . .

March’s Free Embroidery Pattern! The folk art design: Heart in Hand

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

 

   March’s free embroidery pattern is an old symbol that I am very fond of.  It’s called Heart in Hand.  You’ve probably seen it before.  Lot’s of folk-art crafters use this symbol.   It’s been used to identifly the Odd Fellows organization.  It can be seen in cemeteries on headstones of past Odd Fellow members often with the addition of a three link chain underneath it.

 

 The Shakers used it to symbolize  charity given with an open heart.  I have also seen it used in old handmade valentines. 

 As always, click on the pattern above for a larger view and to print out.

 

Another tooting of my own horn. 2013 Golden Gate SCBWI San Francisco Conference.

Monday, March 4th, 2013

 

I have no idea why I chose the above image for this post.  But I’m lazy, and I don’t feel like changing it now.

I’ve just gotten home from the Golden Gate Conference for the SCBWI San Francisco at Asilomar.  For those of you that have gone to just the large LA or New York conferences I want to tell you that smaller events have some great benefits.  There were only about 140 to 150 people at this conference.  Like all SCBWI gatherings the people there were a real mix.  There were all levels of writers and illustrators there, from those  living- the- dream to total newbies.  I believe that I got to have face time with literally everyone.

I have some new BFF’s (Hi, Suzanne, Joyce, Matt, Kat, Tiffany, Kathrine,  and Tamara .  Sorry if I missed anyone.  I’m trying to be better at remembering  names but I’m pretty sure I missed of few there) .  My agent, Erzsi Deak, was there and she was one of the speakers.   I also got to meet  Jon Agee, Ed Briant, Patti Ann Harris, Lisa Jahn-Clough, Daniel Handler and Greg Pincus.  And I finally got to really meet Lin Oliver.  I’ve seen her a dozen times but I’d never actually had a chance to talk to her.

But my favorite part of the conference, because of my ego, was winning the Golden Gate Portfolio award!   I remained humble after winning and waited until I got back to my room to do my victory strut  (I’ve been told my victory strut is very disturbing).  Emily Jiang won the Golden Gate Writer’s Award.  (www.emilyjaing.com)  She is a truly awesome person!

Oh, and I forgot to say, Asilomar is a state park in Pacific Grove near Monterey.   It’s right on the beach and has beautiful historic buildings.  It’s the perfect place to meet friends and discuss children’s books!