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Fall, 2017 Conferences!

Again, I’ve learned so much new information, it will take weeks to assimilate. Thank you to HACWN (Heart of America Christian Writer’s Network) and SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) for great conferences! The picture of me with the map I drew & painted is at the SCBWI conference. The ones with Troy Griepentrog (Focus on the Family) and Lana Sutherland (kindred spirit I found) are from the HACWN conference.

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Bandana Buddies ~ Rascal’s Trip Update

Now 95% finished with the illustrations – unless I decide to redo one. All that’s left is the two-page map. I’m looking forward to attending two conferences this fall, and working with professionals to get the books ready.

Here’s a snippet from Rascal’s Trip:

Rascal spun around and around, bumping into broken bits of trees in the swirling wind. Closing his eyes, he curled his legs up as tightly as he could and covered his face with his paws. The wind screamed and whistled around him. He covered his ears to block out the unwanted noise.

Suddenly, the wind dropped him. The soft needles and sturdy branches of a young pine tree hugged him as he landed. Dazed, he looked around him, his eyes as wide as saucers to take in his surroundings.


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A Snippet From Bandana Buddies – Rascal’s Trip

The writing part is close to finished; just editing left to do. Here’s a sample from the book:

It blew and blew and nothing could stop it except the rocks on the sides of the ravine. Even the big trees were creaking and groaning as if in pain. Snap! A large branch broke and fell behind of him. “Mom!” Rascal yelled. But he was too far away for Mom to hear. “Stop!” he screamed at the storm.


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