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What I Did Over Summer Vacation...
Like Christy, I was busy with work most of the summer (though I did have a marvelous week in Lake Tahoe to relax, so I won't complain!). My summer projects included getting ready for the publication of my latest picture book, The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories. The photograph is from the publication party at the Red Balloon Bookstore in Saint Paul last month, where kids came in homemade masks to enter the Scary Face Contest.
I read stories and drew pictures to a trolley full of pajama-clad kids in two separate events sponsored by local bookstores.
Just last week I was author-of-the-day in the Alphabet Forest at the Minnesota State Fair, a project masterminded by the amazing Debra Frasier. Kids came and took part in fun, creative, literacy-based, free activities. For my day, I had kids create their own "Hidden Alphabet" bookmarks with rubber stamps (don't you love the wild "Fair Hair" of those two girls?).
And throughout the summer I've been working on a revised dummy for the first book I'll be both author and illustrator, Art Attack. The sketches are going well, but I could easily fill another summer with finalizing the drawings.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the wonderful weekend in Maryland presenting at Edie's SCBWI conference. At the conference I got to present with my editor from Sterling, Meredith Mundy, which was the first time I met her in person, and was a real treat.
Yes, it was a very full, and very fine summer!
Oh! and if you saw a flock of pigs soaring through the clouds, that's because I finally succumbed and signed up for Facebook.