1. NESCBWI 2017, Here I come! I've been blogging about the annual New England SCBWI conference for a really long time. I attended for a really long time (since 2003, my last was in 2013). Polishing up my portfolio, bringing new art for contests, meeting editors for critiques, scaring away my introvert so I could meet new peers, and sitting through workshop after workshop. A few years back I decided to take a break. I was still working hard on writing and illustrating, but I just couldn't do it. All those years of trying without the success I wanted had taken a toll. I was bitter and didn't want to spread that around. I didn't feel like it was a good investment of my money, time, or spirit. So I took a break. And another. And another. So I'm thrilled to return this year, with a fresh portfolio, a book I illustrated in the bookstore, and no other pressures. I'm excited to see old friends, make some new ones and absorb some great peer knowledge.
2. A star! Publishers Weekly reviewed IT'S GREAT BEING A DAD - it's a great review AND it's a starred review. I hope this helps the book land in more readers hands. Congratulations to Dan Bar-el and Tundra Books!
3. Jumping for Joy, still. It's been tough to juggle promotion for DAD with work on final art for TOO MUCH! NOT ENOUGH! I just adore these rascals and can't wait to share the whole book with the world (Summer 2018!). In the meantime, here's a sneak peek. Shhhh!
4. Release the monkeys! So cool to get the May 2017 Highlights Magazine and see my monkey illustrations. Thanks, as always, to Patrick Greenish for seeing my weird work then finding more suitable assignments for me!
5. The Leftovers. Whatever you do, don't expect me to call/text on Sunday nights. Season 3 of The Leftovers requires all of my attention. It's like what happens to all of you Game of Thrones and Walking Dead fans, except WAY less people watch this (why? you are missing the BEST show ever...minus most of season one...)