I've been taking a little break from my middle grade so that I can let it simmer before I do some work on structure. I'm working on illustrations in an attempt to beef up my portfolio to (hopefully) have the courage to display it at the portfolio showcase in L.A.
Yesterday, my daughter got braces. Here she is at the orthodontist's office.
Then we went here:
And for those of you who missed our post about my friend Katherine Stockett's amazing book The Help, check it out. Corey Schwartz pointed out to me that she is #12 on the Amazon ranking. She's also been on the NY Times best seller list (ahead of Stephanie Meyer, ahem) for months. Katie and I hope that Kathryn's friend, the actress Octavia Spencer, will join us for the L.A. SCBWI conference this year. She is the voice of "Minnie" on the audio version of The Help and is a writer herself.
Anyway, if you're looking for a great summer read, pick up your copy.