Ten writers for children. All with something to say.


plork is . . .

the intersection of work and play. I've been doing research on designer/inventors Charles and Ray Eames for a possible picture book biography. For this husband and wife team, work and play were one and the same. They only took on assignments for problems that interested them, but then they kept refining solutions for decades.

Here is a link via poet and friend, Laura Shovan, about plork and revision in writing. "Plork is what happens when writers feel free to experiment and to play. Possibilities open up. That's when you get someplace new."

More musings:
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."—Confucius

"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work."—Richard Bach

"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play."—Heraclitus

"Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions."—Mark Twain

Tomorrow, children's book creators, Ashley Wolff, Julie Downing, Elissa Haden Guest and I will meet for our second annual January Jubilee (we all have January birthdays). Yesterday I played hooky. I have sketches due for a book, but instead I was hard at work at play—treating myself to a day creating mini collage-painting portraits to give as gifts. Shhhh, don't tell! Today, refreshed by yesterday's play, I'm back to more plork.


Edie Hemingway said...

What marvelous collage-painting portraits you have created! Your friends are very lucky. Happy Birthday, by the way!

David LaRochelle said...

Yes indeed, those are beautiful portraits...and thoughtful gifts. And it is so true, the difference between work and play can sometimes be our attitude towards what we are doing.

Lauren said...

Thank you for all the "work and play" quotes. I am going to add them to my quote-wall for reminders on those heavy days when work seems like work. I hope you had a wonderful birthday and what thoughtful presents!

Stephanie said...

Those are amazing. You are so talented:)

Stephanie said...

Those are amazing. You are so talented:)