Release Day for A Visit to Oaklenbrooke Farm + Giveaway!

About a year ago, I was plain frustrated with my author/illustrator career, and I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere. Aberdeen, though trying to be helpful by going after people and telling them to hire me, only succeeded in chasing off potential customers and making me go into debt (from all the people suing … Continue reading Release Day for A Visit to Oaklenbrooke Farm + Giveaway!

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 3: Giving Your Protagonist Flaws that Children (and Adults) Can Empathize With

This is the third installment of a series analyzing the humor, heart, and zany plots of various Pixar films. The focus is on applying these principles to children’s stories; however, writers of all genres can benefit from Pixar’s literary genius, so I highly encourage you to have a seat and prepare to write like the … Continue reading Storytelling According to Pixar Part 3: Giving Your Protagonist Flaws that Children (and Adults) Can Empathize With

Storytelling According to Pixar Series Part 2: The Building Blocks for Creating Unforgettable Characters for Children

This is the second installment of a series analyzing the humor, heart, and zany plots of various Pixar films. The focus is on applying these principles to children’s stories; however, writers of all genres can benefit from Pixar’s literary genius, so I highly encourage you to have a seat and prepare to write like the … Continue reading Storytelling According to Pixar Series Part 2: The Building Blocks for Creating Unforgettable Characters for Children

Storytelling According to Pixar Series Part 1: 3 Ways to Write Children’s Stories that Will Reach for the Sky

This is the first installment of a series analyzing the humor, heart, and zany plots of various Pixar films. The focus is on applying these principles to children’s stories, however, writers of all genres can benefit from Pixar’s literary genius, so I highly encourage you to have a seat and prepare to write like the … Continue reading Storytelling According to Pixar Series Part 1: 3 Ways to Write Children’s Stories that Will Reach for the Sky

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Communications, Illustrations, & Frustrations

Mariposa has been doing quite a lot lately...including quite a lot of not writing. Or at least, a lot of not story writing. She’s been doing scads of email writing, list writing (and unwriting), text writing, and inconsequential writing that’s better left at the bottom of some dumpster in Hong Kong. It seems every time … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Communications, Illustrations, & Frustrations

Today’s Lunch Special: Robot Rawrs: Death Trap

There’s nothing quite like a good book for lunch (or dinner or breakfast or really any time), but it’s not every day I get the pleasure of sinking my teeth into one of chef Sigmund Brontor’s savory concoctions. Some of the ingredients include: Sirens blasting. Solar panels that aren’t working. Only enough oxygen for five … Continue reading Today’s Lunch Special: Robot Rawrs: Death Trap