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National Stationery Show 2018

Next month is the annual National Stationery Show (NSS) at the Javitz Center in NYC. It’s a big event. Thousands of buyers come through looking at colorful, beautiful, original work represented by hundreds of exhibitors. For some, this is their wholesale debut. I walked the show many years ago when I was just starting my card line and imagined a time when I was ready to exhibit myself. Being represented by the magical Big Wheel Press means that my work is exhibited each year at NSS. Which is just one of the many perks of working with Bill Muller and the team at BWP. See below for some of the new cards we are launching next month! 

Amazon bestseller!?

Fun news alert! My book, “Wear Gratitude (Like A Sweater)” was #99 out of 100 on Amazon’s bestseller NATURE POETRY section! Woot! See photo below. 

And for those of you who missed it, a dear friend came across a Nonfiction Best Seller’s List at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT last year and my book, “Wear Gratitude Like A Sweater” was listed at No. 12! Wow! What an honor for my book to have hit bestseller status and share shelf space with one of my favorite writers, Elizabeth Kolbert and her book “The Sixth Extinction” as well as Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”. After a bit of a scramble (What!!? My book was on a bestseller list!?) we discovered that the list was compiled by IndieBound an organization focused on collaborating with independently owned bookstores to promote newly discovered writers. Thanks IndieBound!

A big thank you to my publisher Rock Point Publishing and Quarto Gifts and my amazing editor.  

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CREATIVE FRIENDSHIP.

There is nothing quite like the sharing, musing and support that happens inside creative friendship. As an artist and illustrator, my inspiration comes from a universe of writers, poets, artists, musicians, makers and human beings across time who have tapped into their own creative or contemplative curiosity. And yet, day in and day out, I mostly work alone. I value and need this kind of solitude. But it is also why I treasure friendships with other makers. Together we talk, write, muse, share work and offer each other that ever-necessary reminder that doubt, stagnation, and fear (as well as joy, excitement and productivity) are all part of the creative process (indeed, of being human).  

Heather Maloney​ is one of my dearest gals whose work I have followed and shared and been witness to since her earliest days of songwriting—and her with me, too. She’s responsible for the sweet push that got me started in illustration (seriously!) and she has been with me at every big moment of my creative career. Her gorgeous new album MAKING ME BREAK is releasing on Signature Sounds Recordings​ in late April. Produced by Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses​, it is a poetic and musical beauty. Check out THIS new music video of her song, “Otherwise” from the album. The image below is the upcoming cover. The artwork is by another dear friend who has been a magical creative mentor to me: Kevin Hill.