Monday, October 29, 2012

Glendale Illustrators SCHMOOZE october

What a lively bunch!
So great to Schmooze with you all!
Great ideas for Promos... I really like the idea of the long postcards.. and odd sized, I think they stand out.  We had a great idea about sending out seasonal cards to publishers (art dir) this way they get to know you and may be looking forward to your next one, it keeps your art on their minds. It also gives you a project to do and if it is seasonal, a deadline... don't we love those. :)

We have a big Congrats!!! to Frans ... we got a sneak peek at some of his new Fuddles Christmas illustrations for the book! Yay ... GREAT JOB Frans!! See Fuddles first adventures here on Amazon!
or visit:

ALSO a BIG WOOT WOOT to Kent and his book that is recently published:

Another WOOT to Denise for her first Illustrated 32 page picture book.  The author Amber Housey has made a book trailer.
The book is "Just Because"

or go to her blog to view
You can also sneak a peek at the GREAT Chalk Fest illustration that 3 of our schmoozers did last July.

Next Schmooze is November 8. See you all soon.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


We reconvened this September and it was good to be back! Everyone brought their copies of MOON OVER MANIFEST in preparation for our discussion about the book but first we had some catching up to do . . .

We discussed recent news from the summer months when we were off. RENE RAWLS, our co-coordinator, finished a screenplay and RICHARD MANNING, TV writer, announced he is teaching a UCLA Extension class on writing TV Dramas. Those who attended the SUMMER CONFERENCE in L.A. reported high points. 
My personal high point was the dancing (just it terms of pure fun) and
the most educational and inspiring part was hearing Clare Vanderpool speak.
THE AUTHOR OF MOON OVER MANIFEST described how she became a writer, how she writes in the kitchen WITH HER FAMILY AROUND and blocks out the noise with headphones.  (I usually can’t write with my family around, but I wish I could, but they certainly love being around them when I am not writing!)

At the SCHMOOZE meeting, we focused on aspects of this Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Once again Rene set up a great activity. We divided into pairs and discussed setting, point of view, characterization, dialogue and voice. When we shared our opinions with the group, there were differences. We all agreed that the novel is well-written and engaging and that setting and characterization are well drawn. I confessed that I cried at the end of this book because the resolution is so heartfelt.

How do you weigh in on this one? If you have read the novel, please place your vote:


a) Abilene’s story set in 1936

b) Jinx and Ned’s story set in 1918

c) Both stories

d) Neither story

(I vote for A. I was much more engaged in the 'present day' story of Abilene but there were parts of the 1918 story I found interesting.)

Next month, we will bring topic-ideas for next year – 1213 is almost here and we will be off in November and December. Also, look out for an article in Kite Tales on the Hollywood Schmooze written by yours truly J




Thursday, October 4, 2012

Come Schmooze with Soooz

The Westside Illustrators (& Writers)
Schmooze October Fest!

  Please join us
WHEN: Monday evening, October 8, 2012
            7:00pm to 9:00pm

WHERE: 445 15th Street   Santa Monica CA 90402

Topic 1: "Storytelling... with words and pictures"    
           What makes a good story?

        A beginning, middle and end, of course!
          How do we get there? Join us and see...
 Topic 2: Get prepped for Illustrator's Day Nov 3
              Bring contest illustrations,  postcards,
               and new work to share!

Come prepared to participate, ask questions and be inspired!
Let's enjoy a fun creative evening together
& move forward in our common pursuit

of making a contribution to the world of
children's illustration and literature!

Next meeting ... November 12,  2012

RSVP???  YES...if you can...

WHERE??? 445 Fifteenth Street, Santa Monica Ca 90402


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