Thursday, November 08, 2018

Everyone needs an alter-ego!

Frank Frent is just an everyday ordinary mild-mannered actuary whose secret identity isn't that of any super hero who might go by a name that rhymes with beinerban or freinerfan or anything like that. Yup, just a normal average guy going about his business analyzing statistics and calculating insurance risks. Not fighting crime or going up against his arch-enemy whose name might rhyme with bubble-X.

Monday, November 05, 2018

National Doughnut Day!

What better way to celebrate National Doughnut Day than to plug my self-published alphabet book, A Rather Round Alphabet, which features a tasty looking doughnut for the letter D? Okay, yes, a better way to celebrate National Doughnut Day would be to eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts in one sitting, but it was a rhetorical question. You can find my fun little book at Amazon here:

Friday, November 02, 2018

Weiner Man and Double Trouble

I doodle a lot. And sometimes I like a doodle so much I decide to make a version of it in Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop. This is Weiner Man and his Arch-nemesis, Double Trouble (aka Double X (the X is for trouble (he always has to explain that which makes him more grumpy))). And sometimes I feel like I need to make up some stories about my doodles. We'll see where this leads. Below is the original doodle, which I did in pencil and then inked over with an Extra Fine Point Sharpie.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Scariest Thing!

Here is my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill's 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest. The rules are that the story must be for children (12 and under), and has to be 100 words or less. It must include the words shivercauldron, and howl. Of  course, it must be Halloween themed. Enjoy mine and then go to Susanna's website and read all the other entries! Or join in the fun. You have until Halloween at midnight to post your own Halloweensie story!

The Scariest Thing!

(91 words)

My mom is a witch.
She cackles and screeches
And stirs her black cauldron.

She doesn't scare me.

My dad is a werewolf.
He is covered in hair
And he howls at the moon.

He doesn't scare me.

My sister is a ghost.
She shrieks in the night
And wanders through walls.

She doesn't scare me.

My brother is a bat.
He has sharp pointy teeth
And a terrible bite.

He doesn't scare me.

My teacher is human.
She makes my spine shiver.
 'Cause she can give homework,

On Halloween night!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Halloween fun

Having worked with Adobe Illustrator since it was version 1.0 I do a lot of doodling in this very popular vector artwork application. During Drawlloween 2015 I drew these two weirdos for the "candy" prompt.
And just the other day, one of my favorite artists, @scaredofbees posted a weird little candy corn character which got my brain on the candy corn train of thought. Thinking about how weird candy corn is got me thinking about what is weirder than candy corn, and I came up with the following list.
Since the idea made me think of the work of another one of my favorite artists @tomguald I attempted to copy the format of some of his cartoons, as a sort of tribute.

Happy Halloween! And let me know which of the weirdos above is your favorite.

Friday, September 07, 2018

It's January/February Pitch Pick Time!

There are five brilliant children's book pitches up at Susanna Leonard Hill's Blog that require your attention! Five writers (including me) have pitched their story ideas on Susanna's blog in hopes of getting better at pitching, an important step on the road to publication. Their reviewed and polished pitches are now ready to be voted on by you. The writer with the most votes will have their pitch read and commented on by editor Erin Molta! Follow the steps below to cast your vote before Sunday, September 9 at 9PM Eastern! And thanks for your support!

  1. Go to the Pitch Pick web page
  2. Read through the revised pitches
  3. Choose the one you like best
  4. Vote for it in the poll

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Would You Read It Wednesday!

Children's book author Susanna Leonard Hill has again selected one of my picture book pitches for her latest installment of Would You Read It Wednesday! Wo0t! Go to Susanna's web site to read the pitch for my second finished-ish picture book manuscript and let me know what you think in the comments on her site! Thanks!