Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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My first book as author/illustrator! Launches from Simon & Schuster in May/2015.

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Handwritten Journal entry: Missing SCBWI-LA


Gratitude: Lawrence Schimel

Thank you to my friend Lawrence Schimel​, for his support and advice early on, before I had any children's books out in the wild. I just wish he didn't live so far away!

In addition to being a writer, poet and translator, Lawrence is also publisher at A Midsummer Night's Press​ (he's worked with authors like Jane Yolen, Joe Haldeman and Nancy Willard!). You can find out more about his press at

p.s. I especially love his Fairy Tales For Writers.


Gratitude: Beckett Gladney

Feeling grateful to so many people these days, especially those who helped and encouraged me long before I had my first children's book published.

Only just starting to catch my breath after my Where Are My Books? book tour and launch, still need to finish unpacking (!) and will also be posting more about the tour. My office floor is covered with stuff left over from various presentations and trips and events, and one of my goals this weekend is to get it sorted out so I can get back into regular creativehermitworkmode next week.

I've already mentioned some of the people to whom I am grateful but today I need to talk about Beckett Gladney. I haven't told her yet, but her name came up several times during my book tour and also at my book launch; parents said they were so enjoying her blog ( and that it was helping inspire them. They had discovered her through one of my posts.

Beckett, as you probably already know, is the friend who helped me put together my very first portfolio for the SCBWI convention in Los Angeles back in 2010, when so much happened.

She is also an accomplished photographer (especially candid photos of people), illustrator and a wonderful writer. I am so looking forward to seeing her illustrations in a children's book someday.

Beckett tends to shy away from the limelight but does so much to help and support her friends. I wish we lived closer. Here's a sample for an unpublished graphic novel project that I wrote and she illustrated. I should point out that this is only one of Beckett's illustration styles:

To find out more about Beckett and her work (see navigation links along righthand column):


Gratitude: I have the best husband and sister ever


First, I ordered a chair for my new art studio corner but it turned out to be way too tall (it was a drafting chair & I neglected to measure my desk height properly). Jeff Ridpath figured out how to modify the chair to make it work and now it's PERFECT. I feel very lucky to have a husband who is a handyman as well as a technonerdboy. This is only one of many, many ways he has been supporting me in my career.

I've also been careening from "this is so cool" to panic and waves of insecurity as I experiment with traditional physical art techniques for an upcoming book project. I feel like such a newbie! Envious of those of you with proper art training. Anyway, my awesome and super-experienced sister Ruth Ohi came to the rescue! Not only did she show me some watercolour technique tips but also offered practical advice about my setup and tools. Feeling much better about stuff now. THANK YOU, SIS!!!!

Feeling very, very lucky to have the husband and sister that I do. Can't imagine doing what I do without their encouragement and support.

I also encourage you to check out Ruth's doodles on Instagram: and find out more info about her work at


Best fortune cookie advice ever

Found this in my fortune cookie at Mandarin Restaurant near Yonge & Eglinton in Toronto.