1. WRAD: This was my second year participating in World Read Aloud Day with Skype calls in New York, Connecticut, Texas, the Ukraine, and Florida! Below are the books I shared at the end of our talk. I love seeing so many happy students and answering their questions about writing and illustrating.
2. HANK! We have a new member of the family. His name is Hank and he is a 3 month old pug puppy. We all picked favorite names before he came home, but none of them fit until my son said, “What about Hank?” and it just fit. Miles had just finished reading FRONT DESK by Kelly Yang, and liked the name from one of the characters in her book. He is a funny, cuddly dog who loves to get toasty warm and isn’t so fond of our New Hampshire winter. EXTRA BONUS: He has already given me lots of new book ideas.
3. FROG! Stay tuned for more all about Operation Frog Effect. I was lucky enough to do the interior illustrations for Sarah Scheerger’s middle grade novel and it comes out February 26th. Andy Smith illustrated the cover. It’s been getting awesome reviews and I’m not surprised! I will post a bit next time about how I developed the characters and what it was like to work on such a different project.
4. RESOLUTION RECAP: Last year I resolved to:
a) Donate Blood regularly: Check! Until I got sidetracked by anemia. But after a few months of iron pills, I hope to get back to it soon.
b) Try a spin class: Check! I love my local spin studio and it’s been an fun and healthy habit.
c) Eat healthier: I wasn’t doing well with this until the Fall (I ate my moving stress!) then I joined NOOM and lost 12lbs. But more importantly, I feel like I really learned HOW to eat.
d) Visit the Isles of Shoals: I TOTALLY forgot about this resolution, so it goes to the top of the pile for warmer months in 2019!
e) Less ‘Internetting’: Oh, I failed this entirely in 2018. But I’m doing MUCH better in 2019.
5. NEW RESOLUTIONS: This year I would love to travel more. AND, to adopt the mindset I will call NO DOUBT. I wouldn’t say I get easily discouraged, but I do have a tendency to doubt myself when a project gets rejected or I’m not as busy with projects as I’d like. If my mindset was NO DOUBT, I wouldn’t waste a beat on quiet times, but get working on all those great projects I didn’t have time to work on before.