Since I’m not a sidebar type of gal, I’m posting all my favorite internet hot spots—books, galleries, communities—here in one place. ~ This list will grow in toilet-paper-roll-volume within the year~

Intriguing Summer Conferences

Mountainfilm in Telluride
Santa Fe Screenwriters Conference  (loved it!)
Telluride Playwrights Festival
Willamette Writers Conference (a big time favorite)
Napa Valley Writers Conference
Taos Writers Conference (a good one!)
Boston Summer Writers @ Emerson College
New Pages ~ ALL Writers Conferences

Self Publishing Communities  covers the gamut + offers services
Penguin Self Publishing: Interesting article; similar model to Kindle Direct but no exclusives (yet).
Lightening Source For hardcover and international distribution.
Kindle Direct. Simple awesome business model, ease of use.

Visual Books I Love

Maira Kalman ~ Adult illustrated novels and other quirks. Love her!
Su Blackwell: People of the Book
Natalie Goldberg’s Top of My Lungs and Living Color
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
The Elegant Cockroach

Illustrators I Admire

ANZIL, France
Lisbeth Zwerger
Alice in Wonderblog, UK Artist
Beth Van Hoesen … her animal art, wow!
Marc Johns … he cracks me up~

Book Cover Art (as an art)

 AIGA Featured Collections: Best Cover Design
The Art of The Book: Donna Seager Gallery

Organizations I Depend On

 Moo Papery Things ~ I’m an addict
UpperCase Shop, Books, Magazine NYC
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
ArtHouse Coop – Art Stories Abound
UCLA Screenwriting Programs
National Novel Writing Month
SF Writers


Top fonts used by book designers
Type & Design Pins by Seamless Creative
Type Everything
Coffee Made Me Do It

Writers I Love

Douglas Glover ~ Numéro Cin
Anne Lamott On becoming the person you were meant to be. Oprah Mag.
Lorrie Moore (love every single one of her books)
Haruki Murakami His prose touches me in both story and design. So much so that I based my MFA thesis on his work.
Sherman Alexi What can I say? I’m smitten.

Biographies I Will Never Forget

Michael Crichton Memoir
Georgia O’Keeffe: Latest read, How Georgia Became O’Keeffe by Karen Karbo

Painters I Visit Over and Over

Kristen Vestgard
Chris Gwaltney
Amanda Blake
Helen Steele
Nathan Oliveira
Regina Saura