Posts Tagged ‘society of children’s book writers and illustrators’

Urban Wolf, Whimper…..

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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See all the URBAN WOLF cartoons HERE!

The Last Day of the SCBWI Los Angeles Conference.

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Sorry that this cartoon is a day late. I’m extremely tired after my three days of fun.  In tweets and Facebook postings I noticed quite a few complaints from other attendees of headaches and exhaustion.  For me, I know in my regular life I get woozy at about 9:00 at night.  At the conference I stayed up past 1:00 every night.  But it was worth it.

One of the most important parts of the conference is hanging in the hotel lounge.  The Hyatt in Los Angeles  has a lounge that is comfy and perfect for chatting.  If you ever go to this conference don’t leave or go up to your room when the talks/workshops are over.  Head straight to the lobby.  Anyone with a convention tag around their neck is a friend.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators / Los Angeles Conference

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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Day One of the SCBWI Los Angeles Conference.

I’ve been asked to write a report on this year’s L.A. conference. I haven’t written a report on something since I was in school and I will not even begin to tell you how long ago that was.   I also have the attention span of a gnat.  I know this doesn’t bode well but I will give it a try anyway.

The conference started off this year with a few words from Lin Oliver ( Children’s book author, writer / producer of family films and one of the founders of SCBWI).  A few months ago I got to talk to her in person and I’ve got to say she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.   She gave us a number of facts about who exactly was attending this conference.  And, here they are…

   There are 1266 attendee’s.

   38%  published

   62% unpublished

   There are 400 plus new attendees

   175 portfolios in the portfolio showcase.

   312 attendees for the writer’s intensive

   46 States are represented here, with the exception of both North and South Dakota.

   14 Countries are represented

   Approx.  988 women attendees, 192 Men and 86 Undeclared

   Some of the occupations represented here are Animal Communication Specialist, Auditor, Spam      Fighter, and Pickle Professional.

I haven’t check out all the numbers to make sure they work out but it does give you an idea of who is here.

The first keynote speaker was Laurie Halse Anderson (best selling children’s book author).  She talked about how the readers of our books are the most important of all readers of all (children).  She stressed the importance staying a child because “Growing up is a whole lot of Horse Shit”. And finally, she stated how important it is to sit around a campfire at least once in your life.

The next keynote speaker was Jon Scieszka (Children’s book author). His topic was Subversion, but his talk quickly headed in a different direction.  I couldn’t keep up with him as he told stories of growing up with his brothers.  But I do know that Jon and his brothers broke the youngest brother’s clavicle several times in his life.  Poor kid!

Laurent Linn (Dir. for Simon and Schusters  Books for Young Readers), always a conference favorite, gave nuts- and- bolts talk about how a book gets made from dummy to printing.  Laurent talking style is a mix of charm and no-nonsense and I find him one of the most informative of all the speakers. This talk was extremely good for people new to this business.

Finally, the last event of the night for me was the Illustrator Social.  It’s great to visit everyone but it gets so loud in the room that a bunch of us went to the hotel lobby to talk.  This hotel’s lobby is one of the best for socializing.  It’s filled with various groups of writers and illustrators experiencing the friendship and comradely that seems to come easily to people in the world of children’s books.

I know this isn’t the greatest of reports, but I’m tired now and don’t care.  So there!

 

Good Night!

 

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. . .

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!

Baby Lincoln

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

This is a new image that I am thinking about putting in my portfolio.

You won’t believe it! A NEW free embroidery pattern!

Friday, February 15th, 2013

You know, you guys have put up with a lot from me over the years.  First, there was Oil-Painting Andrea, then Craft-Girl Andrea, Stupid-Story Andrea and now Children’s-Book-Illustrator Andrea.  What can I say?  I wear many hats and some of my hats are wee pointy things with glitter on them, but I digress.  I vaguely remember promising to give you, my loyal minions, a new free pattern every month (what was I thinking?) and that seems to have disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle of my life.

But guess what!  A free pattern has snuck in! Right under my nose too (it’s probably because of me having a cold).   And it’s topical!  That’s right, it is!  It’s an Easter Bunny.  Can’t you just image him hippity hopping into your house on Easter night and depositing his eggs?  Oh the joy.

So go ahead and have your way with him.  Make me proud!

You can click on the pattern above for a large view.

I got my flu shot.

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

I got my flu shot!

I don’t know if this happens to you, but when I get my flu shot I have feelings of invincibility.   I feel like I can do crazy things!  It’s like no matter what  happens at least I won’t catch the flu. Or, at least, there is only a 3% chance of getting the flu.  And those are my kind of odds.

But still, I hold back,  I’m no fool.

This time, after I got my shot, I went on the web and read up on what the flu shot was all about.  That’s when I was horrified to learn that  it takes two weeks to get the full effect from the inoculation.  I was still fair game for the flu bug.

Well, that sure put a damper on my euphoria.

So, I’ll soldier on with my tradition flu vigil.

But in two weeks, watch out!  I’ll be 3% more dangerous than I am now.