Friday, December 6, 2013
I had an excellent interview the other day that I'd like to post to the blog. The podcast link is down at the bottom of all the text. Even though I had a cold, I thought it came out nicely.
Listen and read here: Gorge Radio
The podcast link is at the bottom of the text.
To Louis: I'm pretty sure I got your age wrong. The radio interviewer caught me off guard when he asked about the dedication. Rarely does anyone ask.
When the interviewer asked, "Who is Louis?" I wanted to tell him "Well, that tale is caught up in a Texas Christmas love story and an old country song that sings inside my heart" but I wasn't quick enough on the draw to be so witty.
I also wanted to tell the interviewer about your aunt for whom I wanted to build a pyramid but I couldn't lift the weight of the stones. I also wanted to say that your momma had helped out so much in the brainstorm process and that your dad had built a treehouse for you and your sister in your back yard and that your love of tools was insipred by this labor of love, but that would have involved getting deeper into the story and a podcast interview only last so long.
Merry Christmas Louis and to your family too! I hope y'all are warm and well and enjoying another Texas Christmas in grand family style.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I realize I have not written much on my blog since I started a new project behind the scenes at Craigmore Creations. I am working on an historical fiction novel based upon the life and times of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of Sacajawea. I have been learning all about life in the time period of his life from 1805 to 1866 (one of his death dates). I have also been traveling to California and the mountains and plains of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and New Mexico to get hands on understanding of the places he lived.
I've been pretty wrapped up in this project and I've been neglecting the blog because of it. But, I can assure you, that things at Craigmore Creations are going nicely. We have been working on a few new projects that have been exciting for all of us on staff. Our fall releases are also very exciting to us. Bronto: Friend of Ceratops a cute picture book sequel continuing the adventures of Bronto, the do good dino, is soon to be released. In October the much anticipated release of Trailing Tennessee will occur. I'm very excited about this project. It's a fast paced read about a young man's coming of age on the Appalachian Trail to which he runs to after his father's untimely death. Full of mystery, lore and and adventure, Trailing Tennessee will be a great read for ages 12 to 16.
There are many exciting things occurring here at Craigmore Creations. I'll try to stay on top of releasing the news from around here as we enter into the fall! I'll end off with a pic of me being really happy to be in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming:
Friday, May 17, 2013
Christopher Herndon and myself were interviewed by Comic Book Resources recently. We were pleased with the outcome. Take a moment to read this interview and you'll get a sense of our process and you'll get some sneak peaks into what Terra Tempo 3 is going to be like!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Also I would like to send a big thank you to park ranger Susanna Villanueva for taking an interest in Terra Tempo and setting up this action packed week of presentations.
I presented the making of Terra Tempo to the 4th grade students as well as my new presentation Time Travel Naturalist Style. Thanks 4th graders!
I worked with a total of five 5th grade classes creating a story together as a class. Collaboration is fun! I have many of your illustrations and I have your writings of many of the class stories. Some of the classes said they wanted to revise and edit the stories before giving them to me. So I'll wait for a week or so before I start to post the completed stories on this blog.
I really enjoy doing the story telling workshops. The students come up with some great ideas and the fast pace of the group collaborations is really fun to work with. If a class can dream up and create a story together in an hour and a half, imagine what you could make if you focused your creative energies for a week or even a year!
I hope you all keep on writing!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Click here to view the guest blog about my various presentations!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I've got two big events that are back to back and are right around the curve of time!
First event: Moscow, Idaho. February 25th and 26th!
And wow do I have good reason! I will be giving my various Terra Tempo presentations to the children of Lena Whitmore Elementary, West Park Elementary, McDonald Elementary, J. Russell Elementary, and the Palouse Prairie School!
I will also be making an appearance at BookPeople. They have given me some great press to prime the Heart of the Arts for my visit! I'm really excited about this trip!
When I return from Moscow i will only have a few days to then get ready for the madness that is the Emerald City Comicon!
There will be more than 50,000 people looking to find new and exciting comics. Spread the word! Tell all your friends to visit either Christopher Herndon in Artist Alley or David Shapiro at the Craigmore Creations booth. Both creators will be at the show all day, everyday of the event!
That's all for now! I'll blog again after the whirlwind and post about my experiences on the road in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
This past weekend, illustrator Christopher Herndon and myself went out to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The picture above is of Sheep Rock. The John Day Fossil Beds are a unified collection of sites that make up the National Monument. These sites contain the best assemblage of Cenozoic Era fossils in the country.
The top priority of this visit was to visit the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center and gather up images and sketches of the fossils from the Age of Mammals. The dead of the winter is really the best time for such a visit! We had a great time talking with Jennifer Cavin, the park Fossil Preparator. Her job is to take the specimens brought in from the field and clean them of the rock matrix they were found within. After the specimens are cleaned, a mold is made of the original so that replicas can be made and passed around the paleontological world and studied.
Above is a picture of me looking at an ancient canine fossil. I had a great time asking questions about the animals that are found in the area. For the paleontologists working here, it is a treat to have some of the best digging grounds on the planet be literally right outside your door!
This picture above is of Christopher Herndon speaking with Jennifer Cavin. It was really fun for me to hear the artist and the scientist have conversations about the best materials to use in casting molds. I think Jennifer enjoyed hearing a different perspective. For those who don't know, Chris has extensive experience making monsters for Portland's largest haunted house, Fright Town.
Though our first priority was in the lab, we did take a few short hikes to see the scenery. It was cold! But it was very beautiful. The picture above is me at Turtle Cove and the Island in Time trail. Behind me is the claystone in which thousands of fossils have been discovered.
The last pic is of Chris at the Mascal Formation overlook. It's too bad there was so much snow, because I could not show Chris the very pretty colors of the Mascal formation. Oh well. It seems as though every time Chris and I go out to the field to gather up reference images, there is snow on the ground. I guess we'll just have to make another trip to the John Day region in the spring!