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Welcome to my new blog, which now includes content from many of the blogs I’ve created over the years. You can now also access content via category from this one page instead of having to search for my individual blogs, which were scattered over various platforms and websites.

Welcome to my new website!

It’s been a long time coming, but I am SUPER excited to launch this new website. To those coming to my new website for the first time: I know things look very different.



Interview with 13-year-old Abigail The Story Teller

Thanks to 13-year-old Abigail The STORY Teller, who was my 45,000th follower on Twitter! When I asked Abigail which of my books she would like me to send to her as a thank you gift, I was honoured when she chose my own solo picture books Sam & Eva and . . .



Did LIBRARIANS, SQUIRRELS, ALIENS or AME DYCKMAN steal my books?

*****[Exciting update November 9, 2021, 3:30 pm ET: MY BOX OF CONTRIBUTOR COPIES JUST ARRIVED!!!!.] According to my social media followers, either librarians, squirrels, aliens or Ame Dyckman stole my books! 😀 Even though I’M SORRY launched over two months ago (Sept.7th), I have yet to receive my box of . . .




NaNoWriMo Begins! (and why I am a NaNoWriMo Rebel this year)

NaNoWriMo begins today! For those who don’t know, the full name of this annual event is called National Novel Writing Month. There are many variations possible for those who want to use this community writing challenge in other ways (I’ll be talking more about this later in this post), but . . .



THANK YOU, school librarians!

Photo: With Carrie Davies at Nerd Camp. I continue to be grateful to school librarians for sharing my books and works by fellow creators with young readers. I was lucky enough to meet teacher librarian Carrie Davies (see photo above) in person at Nerd Camp Michigan years ago. I’ve also . . .



How to support indie bookstores by including indie bookstore links

(Feel free to scoop the above image for posting elsewhere. You can also access the animated gif version on my GIPHY page.) I’ve had book creators ask me how to find book links for indie bookstores, so here is a short tutorial. For U.S. indies, it’s relatively easy. Just go . . .



Art Process: Bread Tag Guy

I’ve had more questions recently about my art process and materials behind some of my pieces, so I’m going to start posting details about how I create some of my art. If you like my found object art, I encourage you to check out GURPLE AND PREEN by Linda Park . . .



HAPPY #CAPSLOCKDAY!

Happy Caps Lock Day! And yes, it is a real thing. Apparently (I’m still looking for a reliable source to verify, since the CapsLockDay domain seems to have been taken over by someone else, be warned), software developer Derek Arnold created Caps Lock Day to poke fun at “typographical conventions.” . . .



Halloween Read Recommendation: HARDLY HAUNTED by Jessie Sima

Five-Bat 🦇 🦇 🦇 🦇 🦇 review for HARDLY HAUNTED by Jessie Sima is such a spookily (is that a word?) fun story about a house who fervently wants a family to move in, so tries NOT to be haunted until she realizes that it’s better to just be herself. “She . . .



Discovering Savoury Oatmeal

I’ve never considered myself a cook. Don’t get me wrong; I used to enjoy cooking, back when we lived out in the countryside and when I was still trying to get published and had more time. I was never one of those intuitive cooks, however, and my rare attempts to . . .