Hey all! Just wanted to give our friends and followers a heads up that we'll be featured creators at the Oregon Reads Aloud event, Saturday, February 25th, at Barnes and Noble at Clackamas Towncenter. Come out and meet me, Josie, and Victor, as well a host of other awesome authors and illustrators. You can grab yourself a signed copy of Oregon Reads Aloud. We'll also have our Wonderous Flights coloring book, and will be conducting a small coloring event as well. SEE YOU THERE! #BelieveInWonder #OregonReadsAloud
Hey all! We had a busy week at PCC Mini Comic-Con and at Fanaticon! We were able to share our proof copy of The Wonderous Science, too! Sorry we didn't have copies to sell, but we should have some for our upcoming events. The book release party will be announced soon, so stay tuned. It was so great getting a chance to geek out a bit with our fellow story-lovers, so thanks everybody for stopping by. #BelieveInWonder
I had a great time at the 2017 Write To Publish conference. Thanks to the grad students of the Ooligan Publishing group, my distinguished fellow panelists, and the enthusiastic authors in attendance. I got to hang out with some really awesome people – including David Walker, author of Shaft, Nighthawk, and Power Man and Iron Fist, and Cathy Camper, author of Lowriders In Space! #BelieveInWonder
What is The Wonderous Science? Imagine the ability to invent incredible wonders, imbued with the power to bend the very laws of nature. Now, imagine that power in the hands of a 12-year-old girl. Zora Sparks is a genius by all accounts. Having grown up in the foster care system, she has learned through experience to rely on herself and her own abilities, specifically her amazing skill in the Wonderous Science – a fabled knowledge that has raised kingdoms with unimaginable artifacts, and toppled societies with terrible weapons. The Laurel Society has made it their mission to guide and protect those with this amazing ability, and “contain” those that have used it for evil. Now it falls to Ms. Daisy Kidd, a member of The Wardens Division of the society, to watch after Zora and her precocious little brother, Nate. But, unknown forces are plotting in the shadows, and they have plans for the young prodigy. Can Daisy, Zora, and Nate discover what lies in the secret history of The Laurel Society before it’s to late?
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I had the pleasure meeting a great group of children's authors this past Saturday at Books with Pictures comic shop in Portland. Thanks Nichole Robinson for hosting a fine pitch party, and for inviting Believe In Wonder and Rob Broder of Ripple Grove Press.
I had a student say to me the other day, "You make books, so you must be rich." After I stopped laughing (not at him, but just in general) I had to set him straight. "No lil'man, I'm not rich. In fact, I have to work really hard just to get by. But I'll tell you this, every hour I spend making art or writing stories, or spending time with my family, is an hour that I'm living my dream." Living your dream isn't easy – it is, in fact, very difficult. The rewards of working at something that you love, however, are immeasurable. #truth
Believe In Wonder Publishing is proud to announce, we partnered with Toy for tots and DHS Foster Care to present our first annual Believe In Wonder Toy Drive! We are aiming to help provide toys and needed items for kids in the foster care system. We’ll be accepting unwrapped toys, clothing, and donations for kids between the ages of 0-18. Please be on a the look out of ways to help Believe In Wonder, and be sure to spread the word. There are many kids in the foster system that could use your support. We are running our donation event from December 1-12 to be delivered to DHS on the 13th.
Thanks so much, and always #BelieveInWonder #BelieveInSanta
Just cause I feel like sharing, here is the entire set of #BelieveInSanta#PropagandaPosters that are available from #BelieveInWonder. They are $30 a piece, or $150 for the set. Proceeds will go towards our annual toy drive for Toys for Tots and Believe In Wonder. Message me if you are interested .
Hello friends and fans,
As some of you know, I've been dealing with health issues over the past month. I am recovering every day and slowly getting back to work. You can help keep Believe In Wonder on track and continuing to make imaginative and inspiring work – consider purchasing some of our original artwork, or one of our published offerings like the Wonderous Flights coloring book, You Can Rely On Platypi, or Crow In The Hollow. If purchased directly from us, you'll get signed copies!
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NOTE: this year's Santa Propaganda poster is coming! To order direct, you can message me with your order and your email address, and I'll send you a PayPal invoice. All the art in our gallery is available as prints, and we can also send signed copies of our books as well. :)
It's done! Once again, I have indulged my love of all things "Santa" and produced another Santa Propaganda poster for 2016. This is the fifth year, and I don't see any end in sight (I really love doing these.) I decided to go with a Mrs. Claus center poster this year, inspired by Rosie the Riveter, but with her own magical flair. There is a very intricate story in my Santa posters, one I hope to someday put down as story. In the meantime, please enjoy my little Christmas flights of wonder.
This, and all of the illustrations in this series, are available for order directly from yours truly. Message me with a request if you are interested in owning any one, or all, of the Santa Propaganda posters. They are truly one of a kind. #believeinwonder #santa #santapropaganda
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So, at the end of September, I hurt myself during my first week working at the library (it was a lot more strenuous than I have originally expected.) I wasn't getting better, and the pain was really hard to deal with. I ended up going to the emergency room three times, and eventually one of my doctors ordered a CT scan and discovered I had a very aggressive virus called necrotizing fasciitis. I ended up have four surgeries over the course of a week. I won't go into details, but suffice it to say that I was pretty torn up before they got the virus under control, and eventually I was moved to the burn unit at Emanuel Hospital. Over the course of another week I had to learn to walk with a walker, I pulled a NG tube out of my stomach through my nose because it was super uncomfortable (a proud moment for me), and I had a lot of time for introspection. Laying in a hospital bed gives you a real moment for self evaluation, and a chance to look at the world in a different way. I feel really blessed to have a family that kept up with me, and nurses that indulged my moments of universal clarity and deep spiritual realization (we had some great conversations.) Eventually, I decided I wasn't going to lay there, so I got myself up and started to get myself ready to recover. It's going to be a long road, but I'm determined to get my health issues under control.
I know that I could have died, and I feel that even though I'm still weak and recovering, I came out of the hospital stronger, and with deep sense of clarity and purpose. I know what I'm meant to do – inspire creativity, encourage imagination, and always #BelieveInWonder.
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