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[31 Jul 2014 | 14 Comments | ]

The great rock guitarist Dick Wagner is gone. I’ve been a fan since his time leading The Frost;
I was fortunate to see them many times at sock hops around Detroit.

I made this portrait of him not long ago and it was a real pleasure
to know it was one of his favorites; he used it as the cover
of his last album, “Captured”.

It takes a great spirit to make such great music – rest in peace, Dick Wagner.

Dick Wagner

Detroit Free Press story
Rolling Stone

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[8 Jul 2014 | One Comment | ]

An author & artist under one roof.

From KatheKoja.com:

“When I write, I have images, always, in my mind: of the characters, or a character, first.
Then the world, their world, accretes around them, and the story grows.

The book’s cover art comes much later in the process, when the writing is done.
The Blue Mirror

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[1 Jul 2014 | 18 Comments | ]

Over at Scientific American, photographer Alex Wild is
discussing some of the techniques used
to photograph fireflies. Link Link.

I’m knee-deep in fireflies every evening now,
working on my firefly book, which will be published in 2016.

I’m working with video as much as still imaging,
here’s a still from one of my videos.

A mating call heard in the secret compartment
between flashes, trembling wings
whisper the day’s end.


Firefly Mating Calls

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[19 Mar 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Four months, 14 books, 51 teams, 241 young readers …

The Orion Township Public Library Battle of the Books was definitely epic. The high school’s auditorium was Standing Room Only, filled with beaming parents and the teams of kids in amazing and creative costumes, all there to celebrate reading, and the great fun (and great effort) involved in winning the Battle.

Even the team’s names were creative and fun: Onomatopoeic Owls, Rapunzel’s Readers, The Native Nerds, Duct Tape Divas, The Lone Readers, The Neon Mustaches.

The kids’ questions during my presentation were spot-on, and we were able to chat one-on-one afterward, during the STEP GENTLY OUT signing. Many thanks to Kristen and Deb, everyone who worked on the Battle, and all the young readers!

At the end, I received a wonderful souvenir book, filled with messages to me from the kids:
Battle of the Books 2014 souvenir book

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[17 Mar 2014 | One Comment | ]

I’ll be speaking and signing books at the Battle of the Books tomorrow,
March 18, 2014, at the Orion Township Public Library.

Every year students at the library read 14 books and answer questions in a quiz show format.
The students have fun, win prizes and read great books.

I’ll tell the story of creating my picture book Step Gently Out with Helen Frost,
answer questions and maybe give a sneak peek at future books.

Below, a river-side damselfly from Step Gently Out:

Step Gently Out - Damselfly photo

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[30 Jan 2014 | 10 Comments | ]

We are besieged by Frost Sprites.

Frost Sprites

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[23 Dec 2013 | 4 Comments | ]

Sending off the year in a blaze of luciferin,
folding up the seasons in a final
flickering greeting, a firefly drifts through
my memories of summer.


A firefly drifts through my memories of summer

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[4 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

“Settle thy studies, Faustus, and begin
To sound the depth of that thou wilt
profess.”

Scholar, conjurer, commander of the darkness:
Steve Xander Carson as Faustus, poised at the lip of the cliff.

From the immersive theatrical production of Faustus

From the immersive theatrical production of Faustus: FaustusDetroit.com

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[20 Aug 2013 | 5 Comments | ]

A feline whisper from the past,
still trying to outrun time.


A feline whisper from the past

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[17 Jul 2013 | 9 Comments | ]

Great review of Step Gently Out in the latest Horn Book,
a discussion of the 2013 Caldecott award.


2013 Caldecott award