by Sara Jordan
A great CD of bilingual songs that are helping me learn how to say the alphabet, numbers, months, food, animals, weather, how I feel, plus so much more, in French.
and the Learn French by Podcast
Real Life French for Everyday Conversation
This is a great podcast that is supported by printed educational information available on their website.
This all reminds me of college. On the first day of new class, I would wonder, "how am I ever going to learn all this?" And then on the last day, I felt completely comfortable with the subject. After this past week of listening to French every day, some words are starting to take hold.
In French, I can now count to 10, tell you to touch your eyes, ears, or mouth, and say that I prefer orange jelly beans.
It’s a global blog tour that started Down Under and has tagged numerous, FABULOUS illustrators and author/illustrators along the way. And now The Next Big Thing is here! Rules: answer the same ten questions about your work, then tag up to five wonderful artists whose work you want to champion. I’ve been tagged by Vicky Rubin.
Following are the questions that I answered about one of my current projects:
1) What is the working title of your next book?
"Snails Only Slide"
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Color Sample of Cover
I work with writers and artists of all ages. I see how almost everyone struggles with feeling that they aren't doing 'it' right. Whatever 'it' is. They are hestitant to try things and to take chances...when trying things and taking chances is the secret to getting better and succeeding at whatever it is that you are wanting to do...whether painting a picture or running a race.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
humor, picture book
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
A young Justin Bieber as Simon, the Snail
Nathan Lane as Drake, the Duck
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Simon, the Snail, proves to Drake, the Duck, that he can do everything Drake can do.
6) Who is publishing your book?
It's under consideration at one house...when it's accepted...You'll all find out!!
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I wrote the first rought draft in less than an hour. Since then, I've rewritten and rewritten and rewritten...and then fine tuned it through several dummies.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It was a nice full circle experience. Monica Wellington was my first teacher in Children's Illustration and now she had invited me to share with her students my experience over the years in illustration and children's publishing.
I shared what I have found the most valuable over the years...
* That quantity produces quality...the more you write and rewrite...the more you draw and redraw...paint and repaint...the better you get.
* The more ideas you record on paper, the more ideas come to you. I have found this to be true...the writing and drawing of ideas seems to open channels that trigger more ideas to flow.
* If you're feeling discouraged, watch or read a biography about a famous author, illustrator, artist, etc. Careers are full of ups and downs. You are not alone. Find comfort in knowing it can be done. Also, find comfort in knowing that even those who are successful have rough moments, and learn from how they work through them.
In addition to these inspiring gems and more, I shared my portfolio and a stack of book dummies and manuscripts that are searching for homes in the published world. I wanted students to see that I work on a large number of projects. That it's important to grow and change.
Of course, my most important advice:
* Paint, draw and write because you love to do it. If you don't love it...find something else that you love to do. This is a business of love...because very few creative people make much money.
And in rough patches...and there are plenty of those...you need to be able to say to yourself..."I get to the paper every day...to write or draw...without any future expectations. I'm here because I love to write and draw and paint."