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NaNoWriMo comic: The Word Pusher

To those doing NaNoWriMo this year: good luck! I hope you find all the words. Here’s the first episode of NaNoMusical; I have a dancing cameo!



Comic: When Your Characters Take Over

Does this happen to anyone else? I hit the 54k wordcount today in my middle grade novel. My original goal was around 50k but my characters won’t let me end the story yet. 😁 I figure I can let them take over for now since it’s just a first draft; . . .





About my Beware The Squirrel blog

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with squirrels for over 30 years. This is an introduction to my Beware The Squirrel blog. About Debbie (Bio kindly provided by my friend Bruce Macintosh – It remains one of my favourite bios ever, and I hope to use it in a book someday.) . . .



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 . . .




Rogue Squirrel Blamed as 12,000 Lose Power in Upstate New York

I’m not the only one who has had power cut off because of squirrels! Apparently thousands of people in upstate New York have been affected by a squirrel who managed to knock out three substations. See the article on nbcnewyork.com. Thanks to my friend Susie Ghahremani for the heads-up!



Talking about Evil Squirrels at the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA

o those who came here because of my Illustrator Intensive session at the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles – WELCOME! The image above is from my slideshow presentation when I talked about how recurring themes in creative journals can be harvested for picture books, and thus how SQUIRRELS became . . .