I usually post children’s poems, but today I wanted to share a more adult—or maybe young adult–one. Written for Ed Decaria’s Annual March Madness Poetry Jam, I thought it would resonate with those of us on the losing end of last night’s Final Four Game. (I live in North Carolina where love of basketball is required.)
for anyone who’s ever lost anything…
soft things bruise—a fruit, a limb—
but most of all, the flesh within—
the veins, the pulp, the under-skin.
a gathering of blood and bile,
a yellowing of youthful fire.
sweet and sour, tender, blue—
the vast tattoo of losing you.
Happy April, Everyone!
Hello, Friends, Readers, Writers! It’s been a long winter and I for one am ready to come out of hibernation! Please join me this weekend in downloading one of my newest children’s picture books, YOGABETS: An Acrobatic Alphabet. It’s a short, sweet, and rhyming story/poem that introduces the alphabet in an unusual (I hope) way. Here are the first few lines . . .
a . . . earring for a tiny lobe, or
a teacup resting one its side.
b . . . Mama with a baby bump,
baby bumpkin tucked inside.
The digital version is free for download from Amazon this week (Saturday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 16th). The illustrations are by yours truly as well.
Here’s the link:
Happy Spring, everyone!
Dear Friends and Followers–Just wanted to let you know my first picture book, Isabel Plum: Ichthyologist, is Friday, February 27, 2015. I’d love you to download/read/review it if you have time. Thanks! Julie
Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Isabel-Plum-Ichthyologist-childrens-friendship-ebook/dp/B00HPC7TCS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424895889&sr=8-1&keywords=isabel+plum
Isabel Plum likes having her way. And—right here, right now—that means getting a cute and cuddly puppy. There’s only one problem—Isabel is allergic. See what happens when Isabel’s disappointment leads to an important discovery—one this single-minded heroine least expects!
Greetings, friends, readers, and fellow writers. Just wanted to let you know I’m still trying to publish my picture books on amazon’s createspace. So far, I’ve exported the files from my IPAD–where I created them as epub files on Apple’s Book Creator–to my I MAC. At first I exported them as PDFs, but this didn’t work well because once I imported the files to createspace, the images turned out to be less than the 300 DPI CS recommends. So I asked my son to help me increase the resolution on my books. He was able to do this, but I’m not sure how. I think he used Adobe Acrobat Professional to convert the raw epub files into PDFs that were higher quality (more DPI) than the PDFs I’d exported directly from BookCreator on my IPAD.
The first book–Isabel Plum: Ichthyologist–looks good now, but it has a couple of mistakes/typos/misaligned words I have to fix. Problem is I don’t know where to fix them. Surely not on the PDFs (they’re inalterable, right?). So I need to find the raw epub file he uploaded to adobe acrobat before converting it to a PDF. Sure, I know where the epub file is, but does this mean I fix the original, resend it to my Macbook and then ask my son to reconvert the whole thing to a new PDF using adobe acrobat to produce good quality (at least 300 DPI) images?
I hope this makes sense to you, fellow readers and writers. If it does, you probably know more about these technical issues than I do. I just hope that by writing about my difficulties those of you with similar problems will feel encouraged. I’m NOT gonna give up. I’m not. I just wish this stuff weren’t so hard. I want to get back to writing, to illustrating, to actually completing my books.
Goodbye for now–and happy weekend.