Jennifer Mann wins Grand Prize @ SCBWI WA

The image above is by Jennifer Mann and is part of a picture book she is currently working on. LOVE IT!!!

Jennifer’s portfolio won the Grand Prize this past weekend at the SCBWI WA conference held at the Marriott in Redmond, WA. She’s such a lovely person and so talented. You can ck out more of her work at her website:

It came in a dream

Last night my friend Bridget Zinn appeared in a dream. Her angelic face floated¬†at the center of a sunflower bloom. I distinctly remember that I wore this as a pin while attending the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) conference next weekend in Redmond, Washington. Then, as with most dreams, I forgot about it until I was going over my list of items to take to the conference and realized that the organizers of the conference had decided to sponsor a raffle to benefit Bridget. I guess I’ve not mentioned that Bridget was recently diagnosed and is undergoing treatment for Stage 4 colon cancer. Many of the treatments are experimental and not covered by insurance, therefore the effort to raise funds to aid her and her husband Barrett in covering these costs.

Long story short, I made the pin I dreamed of and will wear it at the conference as a conversation starter. I’ll direct as many people as possible to purchase¬†raffle tickets.

For more information about Bridget Zinn, you can read her blog entries:

If you are interested in making a monetary contribution, you can visit this online auction: