"I feel like everyone should know about Beijing Tai Tai... it's the
Eat Pray Love
for mothers." - author Dee White

Sunday, 20 April 2014

#illo52weeks - week 16: book cover

Something very exciting has been happening these past few months. I've been so utterly inspired by the 52-Week Challenge, I started (with much trepidation) illlustrating my very own text. The only thing was, I hadn't even written the text yet. Instead, I wrote the text as I went, creating imagery inspired by a retro poster. And I finished it about 10 days ago.

It was a surreal moment. The whole thing has been very, very exciting--dreamy, really--and I'm honestly amazed at how quickly and beautifully it flowed. Doesn't that always happen when you're in your Element?

It was therefore a bit of an irony that this week's Challenge theme should be BOOK COVER. I won't show you the cover for the text I fully illustrated because that's currently in the hands of a gorgeous publisher, but I will show you a mock cover I did for another picture book text of mine - When I Was Little. This is a story that's very dear to my heart and this cover is not the one, nor the style, I'll eventually go with (I've since come up with something else) but I enjoyed it all the same.

I hope you're doing something that brings you into your Element.


#illo52weeks - week 15: detail

Week 15 of the 52-Week Illustration Challenge: DETAIL was a a real challenge for everyone, but they came up with some beauties. I have been very busy doing some illustration for an actual book (yay!) so my contributions for the Challenge were light on this week. Check out my Tania's Picks for the DETAIL week right here. You'll be amazed.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

author/illustrator spotlight on Tiaras and Tantrums


When I lived in Beijing, I met some really incredible people, and one of them was Teresa, a Chicago girl and mum to three, with a deep passion for education, photography and living the luscious life. She surprised me this morning with a Spotlight post on her wonderful site - Tiaras and Tantrums - so special!

Friday, 11 April 2014

CBCA Conference - 16 to 18 May - Discovering National Treasures!


Don't miss out on this amazing CBCA Conference--Discovering National Treasures. The line-up is truly stellar and I'm so very excited about these two-and-a-half days of literary feasting. Only five weeks away. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Beijing Tai Tai Review on Taiwanxifu


It was such a pleasure to meet Serina Huang recently--first online and then at one of my ACT Writers' Centre workshops. Serina has a fabulous blog called Taiwanxifu (it means Taiwan daughter-in-law) and she recently did a gorgeous review of Beijing Tai Tai--you can read it by clicking on the image above.

Make sure you stick around and take a look at her blog, too--it's a fascinating, eclectic mix of foodie posts, travel, culture, kids and the expat life. Love it!

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