There was a break in the winter weather, took advantage of that and went out side.

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How to be enchanted

This was such a nice post on NOBODYSREADINGME about my little storybook. Thank you, again.


A friend, Julie Kolb, has written a short story for children. It’s called ‘Snowball’ and I think you can find it on Amazon. Although it’s aimed at children, the illustrations are enchanting for adults. She just gets how kittens work. The pictures are truly delightful.

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Where To Go From Here

Well, a I am behind on my sketches for the picture book.  It is quite possible my excitement was bigger than my energy!  There is still a week left, so who knows what will happen next week.

Maybe, just maybe all the things that got in my way so far this month were all the prep work necessary to make next month chug along at a nice steady pace.  I could catch up, it is entirely possible.

Everything is going to work out just fine.  Not exactly sure how, yet. But it will.

Taking a class on chapter book writing with Mira Reisburg.  Hearing her talk in the webinars makes reading her messages and emails come alive. Now I hear her lovely accent, such a sweet lady.

That reminds me, an important part about the writer’s voice.  You may have heard that said before, but what is it really?

It is the style of the writer, the common way they write.  It includes how and when they use punctuation, and dialogue.  It can also include how they develop the character.

Another thing some children may not know the meaning of or understand, character development. Explaining it to mean when and what we know about a character in the story.  Sometimes that is hard, even for adult writers.

You have to ask yourself what do does the reader need to know about this character to make them believe their words and actions.  Those things you have to tell the reading audience is the character development.

They can be information told by the narrating voice, or by actions and dialogue with other characters that lets the reader come to the knowledge on their own.

A sign that a writer is doing a very good job at that is when we can ‘hear’ their voice in our heads.  Just like hearing and watching Miss Mira on the webinars, when I read her emails, ‘hearing’ the words as I read in her voice.

Too simple? Maybe, writing children’s books means I am never sure who will be visiting this blog.  The parents, or a child.  So while I am wanting to promote my stories for children, I also want to open the world of writing up to, well anyone – grown up or very young.

Drawing, writing, any creative activity that you enjoy is certainly worth your time.  They are like games to your brain giving your imagination muscle a work out.  This helps with so many things in life, including problem solving.

Hope everyone gets to do a little creating this weekend!

Art Work Continues

So far, I am pages behind in drawings.

I have thumbnails, or a storyboard laid out.  Prep work is being done. Really had hopes of being further along.

A second possible picture book was a project I wanted to start doodling about.  So far, I have been more concerned with finishing the first.  That is how it should be.

Maybe this weekend, or next week if I get going on the current book some time and free space in my imagination will pop up to work not that second.

finding boy's age

This week, I really have to start playing with colors.


Picture Picture In My Sketchbook

Almost chuckled.  I have a sketchbook.  Who would have thought?

Not an artist, or illustrator, not by any stretch of anyone’s imagination.  But.  I am enjoying this process.  It is new, interesting and really a lot of fun.

I have made a series of thumbnails.  Little tiny scribbles of what might be on the pages to go along with the words.  Some of the characters and scenes I have been working on since Thanksgiving.

Last week in order to move to the next stage of creating this book for a very young grandson of mine, it became apparent I needed a better light box that using a window and painter’s tape.  Some days the sun is just too bright, others the time to work is best at night because of appointments during the day.

I didn’t realize light boxes are so expensive.  So, I wandered around and found a cheap wooden box, a cheap frame with glass, and bought some clearance fairy lights to put in the box, and T-DA!  My very own light box.  Tried it out and works just wonderful for me.  Better yet, if I don’t do anymore drawing after this, all items are reusable in their original form.

Don’t you love when things happen like that.  All good.  I love all good stuff.


light box

Happy 2015!

How is your first weekend of 2015?

Lots of things are going on around here.  Illustrations were set aside a bit during the holidays in favor of spending time with family.  Though, we did do some artsy crafty things. Mostly we have been busy having fun with family.

One decision was made to start sharing the process of getting a story written, you will find that over on The Kolb Web blog site.  The steps that I figured out over a two year period when I wrote every day.

Every day! Yes!  People with the heart of a writer find it hard not to write every day.  Did you know that there are writers in all areas of life?  Writing is just one skill that overlaps many careers.  You can be a writer and something else!

I figured out a process that worked for me, and I am sharing it.  It is not the only way to write a story, not by any means.  It may give you a place to start writing your own story.  If you are interested check it out.

One last thing, for  parents, all my children and young adult stories will be published under ‘Julie Kolb’, but that isn’t all I write.  I am working on a compilation of short fiction stories, the genres are wide and varied. I love reading different genres myself.  This collection will be published under J. Kolb.  Hope that will be available in 2015 as well.

Looks like a very busy year ahead!

Happy New Year!