S’Wanderings – NYC Books ‘n Art Supplies Day Trip – Part II

S’Wanderings – NYC Books ‘n Art Supplies Day Trip – Part II

So, after gallivanting all around the city, I finally made it to… …drum roll… CW Pencil Enterprise! And, oh, is it one cool store. There are erasers… There are stickers… There is a fun wall of pencil happiness… And—oh, yeah—there are pencils! But, check this out. Against all odds, I visited the store at the […]

S’Wanderings – NYC Books ‘n Art Supplies Day Trip – Part I

S’Wanderings – NYC Books ‘n Art Supplies Day Trip – Part I

There really is nothing like a trip into the City during the holiday season (especially when you a pick a clear December day with temps in the 50s). For months (maybe even years, now), I’ve been meaning to make a pilgrimage into New York to visit a store dedicated entirely to—wait for it—pencils! And, I […]

The Nutcracker—Crackin’ Good!

The Nutcracker—Crackin’ Good!

The Nutcracker is here and out and available and so very, very cool! After all the months of planning and writing and rewriting, and working with the paper engineer (the incomparable Yevgeniya Yeretskaya), to make sure the text supported the pop-ups without getting in their way, and then watching as Neiko Ng’s beautiful illustration work […]

NESCBWI Conference Packing

NESCBWI Conference Packing

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Travel

You can tell the NESCBWI Conference starts tomorrow. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are humming with #NESCBWI tags. My office looks like a natural disaster blew through. And, small piles of “to-pack” items are scattered around the house. Here are two of those piles… The Paperwork Pile Here’s what’s in it: – Notebook. Given that you’re […]

Pulling back the curtain on some Big News…

Pulling back the curtain on some Big News…

I’m so very excited to announce that my third book with Jumping Jack Press will be released later this year. Woo-hoo! This time, I’ve teamed up with illustrator Neiko Ng and paper engineer Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, to create a magical pop-up version of The Nutcracker. Neiko’s charming and rich illustrations, coupled with Yevgeniya’s outrageously-cool pop-ups make […]

Starry-Eyed—The 2017 NESCBWI Conference

Starry-Eyed—The 2017 NESCBWI Conference

I just returned from the 2017 NESCBWI Conference. (NESCBWI = New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.) This conference was packed—from very beginning to very end—with activities, sessions, keynote speakers, keynote panels, lunches, breakfasts, open mics, pitch competitions, illustration portfolio exhibits, bookstore shopping, networking opportunities and lots, lots more. (And, that doesn’t even […]

Mashantucket Pequot Educational Powwow

Mashantucket Pequot Educational Powwow

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in S'Wanderings, S'Wicked Blog

The S’Wicked Blog’s been pretty darned quiet, lately, due to all sorts of interesting developments over the past several months, some of which I hope will lead to big news to share here, in the future. In the meantime, though, I had to share some of the images I came away with from the fantastic […]

MATS – Week 2 – A Suzani of Dishes

MATS – Week 2 – A Suzani of Dishes

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Holiday, S'Wicked Blog

On to week two of Lilla Rogers’ MATS course. This week’s industry: home decor. And, the theme inspiration? Suzanis—traditional textile designs of Uzbekistan. (“suzan” means “needle” in Persian.) Our job this week was to take inspiration from traditional suzanis and apply them to plates. The stunning, intensely-embroidered and highly-decorative works of art provide tons of […]

MATS – Week 1 – Getting to the Root of the Platter

MATS – Week 1 – Getting to the Root of the Platter

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog

Yeah, I know, really bad headline this week, but I couldn’t resist, given this week’s Make Art That Sells theme of root vegetables and casseroles. And, yes, I also know that a platter is not a casserole, but, eh—close enough. (Be easy on me: I’m starting to see patterns in my sleep. No, seriously. I […]

BIG. News. Followed by Even. BIGGER. News.

BIG. News. Followed by Even. BIGGER. News.

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Books, Children's books, Christmas, S'Wicked Blog

I’ve been waiting excitedly for the time when I could share some BIG. News. And, now that time has come! Announcing…my second book, The Mitten. It’s a fresh take on the wonderful old Ukrainian folktale and, like Barnacle Carnival, is published by Jumping Jack Press. This time around, though, there’s a different illustrator on the […]