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October Doodling list #DIBOOJITOS

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October Doodling list #DIBOOJITOS

Did you know that I co-moderate/host a group for Latine authors and illustrators called Kidlit Latinx (on FB)? Romy Natalia Goldberg and I started the group a few years ago. Anyway, this year after a request from members to put together our own draw-along, we came up with a fun activity for October as a way to mark #HHM #LHM and also celebrate fall/spring in Latin-America. It's a Spanglish list of words to inspire your creative juices throughout October.¡Que lo disfruten! Enjoy!Join us in the activity when you want, and use the hashtag #diboojitos21 so we can find your doodles!...

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2020, Unrelenting

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2020, Unrelenting

This year has been a doozy! And, we still have several weeks left.

Thank you to everyone on social who helped me decide which cards to print. I’ve posted the favorites in the shop!

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August Recap

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August Recap

I’m keeping this month’s post rather short and to the point. Current events and events in my life keep my weltangst alive and well, but losing hope means losing everything.Father’s Day stickers I worked on for PicCollage… A comforting self-portrait of me as a kid with my teddy bear. Media: Mixed- gouache, watercolor, colored pencils, watercolor crayons, and digital on tinted paper.

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SCBWI Miami - First Books Panel

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SCBWI Miami - First Books Panel

These are things I didn’t get to say, but they helped me along the way. My sixth grade teacher posted this quote on the board one day and I wrote it in my journal, and it’s stuck with me ever since. Hitch your wagon to a star. -- from the Ralph Waldo Emerson essay “American Civilization” It comes from an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson about proximity to celebrity and wealth, but back then I didn’t know that and I interpreted it as setting your expectations for yourself very high. In my mind, always literal, I imagined someone hitching their...

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Highlights of the Highlights Retreat

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Highlights of the Highlights Retreat

Whoah. Just whoah.The Getting to Know Your Picture Book workshop and retreat led by Debbie Ridpath Ohi featuring Heidi Stemple was awesome. We spent weeks dissecting our manuscripts on an online forum, and then a month or two later, we met in real life and had 1:1 edition sessions and group round tables to discuss our stories. We were able to edit 2 of our manuscripts during this time, and the course was jam-packed with information and a wealth of knowledge.So, the course itself was very much worth it. The interactions with other attendees and mentors was priceless.How’s it work?...

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