I make books and I tell stories – that’s part of who I am and what I enjoy doing…
I’ve spoken at bookstores, libraries, schools, conventions and workshops; to children as well as to adults on the process of making books, creativity…. and of course, reading my books aloud to an audience!
I sometimes lead everyone in an art project and/or paper craft and I also instruct on how to make little books of your own using a single sheet of paper. That’s pretty much how a real book is made; with a giant sheet of paper, once it’s folded and cut ~ it’s called a signature.
It’s very important to tell our stories; everyone has one or maybe a lot of them! Write them down (and include pictures too)! I’ve been writing all my personal stories in a journal since I was thirteen years old. That’s a lot of books! I think writing daily in a journal/diary is one of the most important things we can do to get perspective on our lives and learn a lot about ourselves; it’s also a good way to cultivate a relationship with yourself; the most important relationship you will ever have.
One thing that I have learned in all my years is that stories can change. Meaning we have the ability to change our stories….If you don’t like your story, change it! Then you’ll see that you’ll change right along with it. These days I still write everyday but I’m starting to keep an artist’s journal too to balance out all those words with visuals – writing and making art are two very different processes; each one with it’s own unique approach to things. I like both of them.