Yes, more poetry! I cannot keep my inner poet down. It turns out that, with a little help from a friend, I was able to participate in the April 2021 Poem-A-Day Challenge. She supplied the daily writing prompts, and I wrote poetry while waiting at the airport for flights. (By the way, this airport-waiting was part of my children’s picture book adventure. I was on my way to and from Texas to read my books to karate seminar participants.)
You may have seen in my books that I am into traditional Okinawa. That's why I wrote this wistful, gritty poem, an ode to the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Here, you can take a look inside the conundrum of too many ideas for "The Follow Through Karate Kids" book launch celebration t-shirt design.
What you need to know about the Get Book Direct fraud scheme. Be wary and careful of a website going by GetBookDirect dot com. They are trying to bait you with books they don't have.
The interior picture book illustration of the first Dojo Kun Charcter Book contains a lot of symbolism. Here's some of the symbolism in “The Can-Do Karate Kid.”
Quitting is the name of the antagonist in my third children’s picture book. He is a violet and grey rollie pollie. Here is his baby picture!
The color tests for the protagonists and antagonists are one of my favorite parts of illustrating. Here are my Quitting monster illustration color tests.
My second children’s karate picture book, “The Two True Karate Kids,” has the adoption of a dog as an important part of the story line. So for the book launch party, we held a special outdoor celebration that included a karate with dogs.
I found this inspirational quote online. I could not find who to give credit to for saying or writing this. But I love it.
The quitting monster says it would be so easy. Just stop, just for now, it’s so nice and dark and safe and comfortable to hide in a little pill bug ball. Isn’t it easier to do that any time life throws obstacles in our way?