The three of us formed a critique group in March '09
and the dynamics is amazing! Karen (center) is a
published illustrator and Jennifer is a published writer.
Her three non-fiction books will be out next year.
Our motto is "JUST DO IT!" Don't procrastinate,
don't doubt, don't fret---just do it--by just practicing
every day the writing gets better, the painting gets better.
We are all challenging ourselves and reading, reading,
reading (mostly picture books and middle grade novels).
I just finished M.J Auch's Trilogy (Journey to Nowhere,
Linda Sue Park's The Kite Fighters. Both M.J. and
Linda Sue are with RACWI as are Karen and I--
Jennifer will be joining in September. RACWI
(Rochester area Children's Writer's and Illustrator's)
has given me connection to the writing/illustrating
community and has helped me attain my goals.
Our critique group tries to meet once a week, but
because the summer is hectic for all of us we decided
to set summer goals and meet together in September.
I am working on a mid grade novel, a picture book
and finishing the text/dummy for the third Marco
Flamingo PB. Jennifer is also writing a mid grade
novel and keeping a journal on kid's dialog (she has
three kids, so I think this is a brilliant idea). Karen is
revising and illustrating previous work. Karen and I
are going to meet occasionally this summer to explore
technique and paint.
A few quotes to keep the summer creative for all of
you who read this blog: