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Camper at sunrise overlooking Puget Sound

Road trip! Or: How I Wrote Nothing for a Month and It Improved My Writing

The old blog has been a bit quieter than usual. That’s because I was gone almost the whole month of September on a road trip. 6000 miles. With a dog, two kids, two adults, and one not-so-large camper. We passed through numerous national parks, stopped in mega metroplises to visit friends and eat pastries, and …

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How A Children's Book is Made: Part 2: How Books are Illustrated

How a Children’s Book is Made: Part 2. The Illustrator’s Speak

Welcome to my blog series on how children’s books are actually made. Last time, I explained illustration from the author’s perspective. This time, we’ll look at how the illustrator does their job. I’m not an illustrator, so I’m going to let them speak for themselves. I’ve gathered together videos and blog posts of different illustrators explaining …

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How Children's books are Made: Part 1. The Truth About Illustrations

How a Children’s Book is Made: Part 1. The Truth About Illustrations

Being an author is a funny thing: everyone has heard of your job. (Unlike my husband – a systems architect.) But people don’t know what it is I actually do. (My husband and I have that one in common.) Whether you’re a writer hoping to publish a book or a kidlit lover who is curious …

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New Year 2019

Happy New year! Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

It’s nearly the end of 2018, folks. It’s been a great year for me writing-wise.   Looking Back at 2018   2018 in Writing I published my second board book, I Pray Today, and I had my first-ever blog tour.    I revised my novel and got two new work for hire picture book contracts – …

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2018 Successes – And Why Writers Sometimes Need to Brag

Right now I’m participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge for Writers. Each day there’s a small reflection. Yesterday I shared the Day 2 reflection on Instagram. View this post on Instagram Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge for writer's by @juliefhedlund is about what surprised you in the past year. …

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Bullet Journaling for Writers: Part 3 Collections to organize your writing

Bullet Journaling for Writers: Part 3 Collections

Today I excited to share the third part of my series on bullet journaling: collections to add to your writing bullet journal. But before we jump in, if you aren’t familiar with Bullet Journaling read part 1. I’ll wait. Ok, ready to rock your bullet journal? Here we go!   What is a Collection? Just …

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Bullet Journaling for Writers Part 2: The Magical Monthly Spread

Bullet Journaling for Writers: Part 2. The Magical Monthly Spread

Today I excited to share the second part of my series on bullet journaling: the monthly log that is the magic to the whole system. But before we jump in, if you aren’t familiar with Bullet Journaling read part 1. I’ll wait.   Back? Great. Now let me tell you how I got here.   …

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