Powerball Dreams

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 in Advice, Experiments | No Comments

I never play the lottery. My mom does. I do not. This week, with a pot of over 1 billion dollars, I will be buying lottery tickets. What would I do with 1.3 billion dollars? I’d get a therapist to keep my head from exploding over the wonderful trauma. Next, I’d hire a team of […]

How Do I Get Published?

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 in Advice, Craftsy | 3 Comments

This is a post I did a couple of years ago. I wanted to repost for those who are new to publishing and my blog: One of my facebook friends sent this message to me yesterday: Hey Shadra! Hope you are well. I wrote a book a few years ago and am interested in trying […]

Inspiration meets Opportunity

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Advice, Art, Craftsy, living the dream, Shop | No Comments

As an illustrator my life generally revolves around deadlines and collaboration with others. While this works pretty well for me, sometimes I need to take a step back and make art for myself. It is usually never planned; my life is super busy between teaching and book-making. Those flashes of inspiration are stolen gems and it […]

Stepping Outside

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 in Advice, Art, living the dream | No Comments
Stepping Outside

I just put a second coat of stain on half of my deck. It’s been three years since I moved into this place, and until this summer, my backyard remained unfurnished and unused, which is a shame because it was one of my favorite features of my townhouse. This summer I committed and purchased patio […]

Making vs. Marketing

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 in Advice, Books, Media, Promotional | No Comments
Making vs. Marketing

Earlier this week, I received this e-mail from a good friend of mine, Maggie Suisman, asking how to balance marketing work with making work. I think this is a question that many of us ask ourselves, so I thought I would share a bit of my own experience. Hi Shadra! I just saw your article […]

Baby, it’s cold outside.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 in Advice | No Comments

Well hello January! I am sitting in my studio looking at single digit temperatures on the thermometer, thanking my lucky stars that I don’t have to leave my house today. There are many people who aren’t as fortunate. Last month I read Blue Balliett’s YA novel, Hold Fast, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago’s […]

How do I get published?

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 in Advice, Books, Uncategorized | No Comments

One of my facebook friends sent this message to me yesterday: Hey Shadra! Hope you are well. I wrote a book a few years ago and am interested in trying to get it published. Do you happen to have any contacts you could connect me with or your advice on attempting to publish? If you […]