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Milwaukee Shepherd Express Cover, Among other Things ~

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

So, I know it’s been a while since I posted, and I apologize.  There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done between a full time job, a family, freelancing, writing and coaching (youth soccer.)  But enough boo-hooing!

I was thrilled to hear from Kevin over at the Shepherd’s Express who commissioned another cover.  (This seems to be the year of repeat business, which is awesome, since I’ve been slacking a little on my promotional mailers!)  In the midst of this explosive election season, I was happy to hear that this would be a political illustration, which are always fun to create.  The politician in the cross hairs is a woman named Leah Vukmir a Wisconsin State Representative running for Senate.

This piece was a journey into an all digital platform, an idea I’ve been moving toward for quite some time.  It’s been received with rave reviews and might even be used on television ~ a first for my art work!

My novel Lavender’s Blue is in the revision stage where I’ve been feverishly bringing the word count down to where it needs to be for the Middle Grade genre.  I’ve been receiving positive critiques which I’m hoping carries over to when it’s actually being perused by potential agents and publishers.  My query letter is currently in first place in a competition to win a chance to have my manuscript critiqued by some top agents and a publishing power house ~ It’ll only take a minute to vote.  So if you haven’t voted yet, please drop by and vote for Lavender’s Blue: http://www.wizehive.com/voting/yalitchat/10/2

The Words

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Last April with art jobs drying up and magazines and weeklies folding left and right, I decided to split my creative energies and thus split my blog into two directions: art and words.

I wrote a young adult novel.  I finished it over the summer and after numerous critiques and revisions, I’ve been actively shopping it in the hopes of finding an agent who will be my champion in this field.  I’ve had requests for partials and fulls, but the process is painstakingly slow, so I’m trying to be patient.  Something I’m not very good at.

It’s been an invigorating process and I’ve loved just about every minute of it.  The hardest part are the rejection letters.  While I know it’s part of the process they suck just the same.  My thin skin is being peppered with them, but I smile and say thanks for looking anyway, and go about my business.

I’ve taken author Phillip Margolin’s advice to heart when he told me to forgot that I even wrote the first book and write more.  So I’m now writing a new book that I grow more and more excited about with every page. 

I have almost completed the outline for, my next novel. My goal is to document my journey from outline to published novel.  I hope you join me.