First of all, I didn't like to write much as a child. I don't remember why I didn't. Maybe it was a low self-esteem and the feeling that I didn't have much to say. Or, maybe it was that most of the feedback was general and not specific, so I didn't know if it was good writing or not.
"Very good" or "Nice work" is not specific. Sometimes it feels good at the time. But, it doesn't tell you why it is good or how to continue.
Now, I enjoy writing and creating! I find the writing community very supportive. I also ask for and receive more specific feedback.
Currently, I am working on two other books about feelings. They are similar to "Clarinda Cloud." Who knows? Maybe I will have an entire line of books about feelings. I have had a few beta readers read the two first drafts with some positive feedback.
Not long ago, I told you that I got myself a Bamboo tablet. Well, I have been practicing with it. I have drawn some simple objects. The more I practice with it, the more comfortable I feel with it. (Drawing is something I enjoyed as a child. But, until this year, I hadn't drawn in quite a while.) I look forward to practicing more with it and improving my illustrating skills.
I hope you will hop over and explore the site. I have some educational and strategy games in "the game room," an educational blog, an online tutoring page, and a page for the Storyteller's Tale webinar series. The latter is a great program for authors and illustrators to have an author visit via the internet.
1. Not that I don't have my own ideas, but... what are some subjects about which your children would like to read?
2. What kinds of books would you like to see more of?
3. What sort of marketing ideas do you have to share?
4. What sort of activity books would you like to see?
5. Do you have an author or illustrator that you would like to see interviewed? Or, is there an author or illustrator that you would like to see virtually visit your school or library?
I look forward to your answers. Please feel free to contact me or to leave a comment. Thank you!