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I was interviewed on the Galley Cat podcast today about my new book Dangerously Ever After and about the craft of writing picture books. 

 

My two pieces of advice for writers: learn the form and don't be a blowhard. 

 

My advice for parents: keep reading aloud to your kids, long after they can read on their own.

 

You can listen to the complete interview here.

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I'm developing a variety of crafts related to Dangerously Ever After. Some are just for fun and some are ones I'm doing at book store events and other appearances. I'm still trying to figure out which one to do at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire on October 14 -- I'll be posting some different options and if you have an opinion, please weigh in.

If you're not nervous about a big vat of hot wax, these Amanita muscaria are easy to make, with just white crepe paper twisted into the mushroom shape and then dipped in wax. Afterwards I painted them with alcohol based ink. They have a nice botanical look to them and they reminded me of this poem by Emily Dickinson:

The Mushroom is the Elf of Plants —

At Evening, it is not —
At Morning, in a Truffled Hut
It stop upon a Spot

As if it tarried always
And yet its whole Career
Is shorter than a Snake’s Delay
And fleeter than a Tare —

‘Tis Vegetation’s Juggler —
The Germ of Alibi —
Doth like a Bubble antedate
And like a Bubble, hie —

I feel as if the Grass was pleased
To have it intermit —
This surreptitious scion
Of Summer’s circumspect.

Had Nature any supple Face
Or could she one contemn —
Had Nature an Apostate —
That Mushroom — it is Him!

 

 

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