Two things I value above almost anything in the world are relationships and honesty. I am looking for long-term critique partnerships, so we can learn each other, grow together, push each other closer to publication and one day celebrate each others success. I don't like sugar-coating and appreciate direct, honest answers. I also would love someone who isn't afraid to ask the difficult/obvious questions, but I believe that criticism should (almost) always be constructive.
Primarily picture books and board books. My natural instinct is to rhyme, although I'm slowly discovering and feeling more comfortable with my prose-writing side. I also have a blog, that's my own personal writing exercise, capturing my journey as a picture book writer and all that I'm learning along the way. http://magnoliasandmanuscripts.wordpress.com
In the picture book realm, no. Though, I don't think I have much to offer outside of picture/board books at this time.
The Velveteen Rabbit. (M. Williams)
Where the Wild Things Are. (M. Sendak)
Today I Feel Silly. (J. Curtis)
Max's Dragon. (K. Banks)
The Ox-Cart Man (D. Hall)
Panda Cake (R. Seidler)
I'm a wife and mother to three young kids, ages 7, 5, and 3. I'm a part-time stay at home mom, and part-time hospice nurse, who writes any chance I can. I ignored the call to write for a long time, so my education background doesn't include much in the way of writing or the study of literature. Please don't hold it against me, I am very eager to learn.