Welcome to The Toymaker’s August Newsletter!
"I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.”
~ Abraham Lincoln


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" I dwell in possibilities.”
~ Emily Dickinson


Hello and hello!

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference in Los Angeles was a dream! I met many wonderful, creative people, caught up with old friends and made lots of new ones. The high point for me was when the very nice Elizabeth Parisi, Senior Art Director for Scholastic Books asked to look at my portfolio. She also took a copy of my fantasy novel, The Toymakers to read on the plane. I hope she liked it! It was four days of intense bookish learning and enjoyment and I can hardly wait until next year.

Thanks to all for your continued good thoughts for my family. My folks celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary this month and my dad was able to sit up in a chair and eat cake. Who would have thought that we would see that day after he was in a coma for two months? It was the best of days!

The summer has sped by and it is almost time for school to start again. We survived a few weeks of hot weather and I, for one, am looking for the cooler days of falling leaves and pumpkin pie.

Best thoughts,


"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
~ Mary Oliver

“...a good and wholesome thing is a little harmless fun in this world; it tones a body up and keeps him human and prevents him from souring.”
~ Mark Twain


For the full account of my adventures at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference visit my journal.


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"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."
~ John Wayne