Gone Girl

Oh. My. God.  I just finished reading Gone Girl, fastest I have read a book in a very long time.  I think only two weeks??  I already knew I wanted to go see the movie in the theater but had no idea when that would happen.  So I compromised by reading the book for now.

I am just, no words.  Now that it is over I want to talk about it!  You should follow me on Twitter and if you have read it, let's talk in direct messages.  Or say stuff here but no spoilers!  That was a good ride that was perfectly matched with book form.  Watching the movie will be completely different.

Almost forgot how much I love reading.

Note to My Mom: Don't read this one.


I'm sure you have heard of bookworms, but have you heard of bookwhales?  They are a real little subculture and so interesting.  These particular whales gather in their cozy knits and talk about their favorite stories. They chit chat when they attend their weekly book clubs of course.  Fascinating.

This cute little guy is available in my shop.

I would love it if you would say hi, comments are my favorite.  Have a great day!


Queen Quail Giveaway!


Happy Friday!!  This week my debut book, Queen Quail is Quiet: and other ABC Tongue Twisters was released for e-readers for Kindle and in print and I can't stop skipping around.

This book teaches the alphabet by illustrating each letter using each sound of every letter. Younger children will learn to associate the colorful letter with the sound and older children will enjoy wrapping their mouths around the funny, tongue-twisting text.

What do you think about a Queen Quail is Quiet giveaway? Here's the deal:

1) Leave a comment on this post any time between now and 11:59 PM EST May 24 to be entered.

2) Want to up your chances? Post about the giveaway to either Twitter or Facebook and that counts as a second entry (just let me know in the comments). Or if Instagram is more your speed, write "Queen Quail is Quiet" on a piece of paper, take a photo of your masterpiece and tag it with #queenquailbook.

3) I'll choose the winner randomly using this tool.

4) The winner will get one digital download (works with Kindle, the app, etc) of the book.

Good luck!!

The Illustration Process for Queen Quail

new book!

Queen Quail is Quiet: and other ABC Tongue Twisters came out today for e-readers for Kindle and in print!

Queen Quail is Quiet grew out of my love of learning and drawing.  I wanted to be a little different to approaching learning the alphabet. Creating a sentence illustrating each sound for every letter sounded challenging.  I started out by thinking of words for the letters and then forming a sentence I could illustrate.  Sketching of thumbnail ideas came next and was much easier to do once I realized this would no longer be just a project, but a book.  Most of the sketching was just on plain computer paper and once I refined the sketches into final artwork, I scanned in the images onto my computer.

To read more, go to one of my friend's blogs where I completed guest posts this week.  Much thanks to PBJunkies and Charlotte Cooke !!

Queen Quail is Quiet

first book!

So you guys, I have pretty big news.  I can't believe I am typing this actually.  Means it is really real in a way.

The project I have been talking about forever, is that I have a book coming out. I am PUBLISHED.  If you have been a long-time follower, you know I have had a pet alphabet project and it went through many different forms.  But now it is going to finally grow up to be a book.  Available in print and for e-readers through Amazon.com.

I am so excited.

The book is called Queen Quail is Quiet: and other ABC Tongue Twisters, it is an alphabet book where each letter demonstrates the sound of each letter throughout a sentence.  Like, for the letter L the sentence is "Lemon Licks the Lollipop". I am the author and illustrator.

I hope it makes my baby girl even more interested in reading and I hope it makes its way into your kid lit libraries as well. The book should launch May 15, definitely this month.  Here is the link for pre-sale for Kindle.

Somebody pinch me, please!

Illustration Friday - Storm


Bunny is so hungry, there's a storm in his belly.

My attempt for Illustration Friday's Storm. Some parts of my Illustrator process take too long so I wanted to see if I could work on those with this image.  The experiment was a success, working in AI is a puzzle sometimes.

I'm reading a few books at the moment:

Drawn to Life Volume 1 : 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Class by Walt Stanchfield

A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print and Sell Your Own Fabric by Kimberly Kight

Making an Impression: Designing and Crafting Artful Stamps by Geninne D. Zlatkis

The Letter F

Getting into the groove with this project. I'm enjoying watching it unfold and if it's just one little kid's favorite thing for a second, I will be ecstatic. What do you think? Our family even got to see a fox run through the backyard on Thanksgiving. Pretty cool. Yay for foxes and the letter F! ****

Oh, and check this out!

his stamps

his stamps

These aren't my stamps, they are his. Even though I only snail mail one item out a month, I am jealous. Very cute stamps and I'm all stocked up so no reason to get more. Maybe I'll steal one or two. ;)

The Letter K

The king kazoo rides in his kayak.


NaBloPoMo is almost over, woo HOO! Looking over the past entries is interesting though, this was a jam packed month. Gives off the impression one might have a life even. Ha ha, yea right. I just got home from a much needed hair appointment. The last time I went to the salon my hairstylist, Kirstie, announced she was pregnant and her date is in April. She will be around to do my fro for the wedding, so that's all good. I'm so excited for her and it's great to see her glow and belly grow.

I'm home and out of the cold now, watching the only two shows that aren't repeats tonight. Survivor and Scrubs. I thought Grey's Anatomy was going to be new, hello part two!! Ah well, I'll use the time to do something more creative.

Gooo writer's strike.