Redrockwriting's Blog

March 11, 2010

Isn’t this book design beautiful? I hired graphic designer Jane Perini to marry the copy and illustrations. And what a beautiful result! For the writers who may follow this blog, using a professional designer was so important to the final result, as well as painter Cyndi Thau, who did the illustrations in pen and ink. It was printed by a firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan that specializes in printing books of all kinds. I was impressed with their expertise in spanning the gutters on the two-page spreads with the illustrations and color blocks. It all worked! Now I’m busy marketing my book both locally and to national and state parks. I had pegged my niche accurately, as the book is proving to be popular at these locations for their gift shops that cater to tourists. It’s pretty exciting!

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Ravens have excellent eyesight. They can fly upwards of 30-35 mph, ranging 30-40 miles from their nest during the day. Even more important, these birds are smart. They are considered one of the smartest birds in the world, after parrots. They are excellent problem solvers, and have been known to employ tools, i.e., sticks, stones, etc., to get what they want. A researcher back East set up an experiment with ravens to see if they could obtain some food from a machine he set up that dispensed food when a coin was inserted. It wasn’t long before the raven caught on and put the coin in the machine! Some smart bird!

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This pair has mated for life (at Bryce Canyon)

March 7, 2010

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I want to tell you about a Southwest inhabitant that is a joy to watch. The Southwest is home to really big ravens. They are cousins to the Crows back East, but really big! Like when they spread their wings to fly, the wing span can be 4 or more feet. They can weigh two or more pounds. These are birds you can’t miss flying through the sky.

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Soaring through the blue skies of Sedona

February 2, 2010

I promised to show you one of the frequent nighttime visitors to my house. Here he is…..

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Javelina hanging around

January 15, 2010

Welcome to Sedona

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When you take the gorgeous drive down Oak Creek Canyon from Flagstaff (it’s only scary the first time), you will find this welcoming sign into town.  The views coming down the canyon are truly breath taking.  As you pull into town, you will see reminders of the little dusty Western crossroad that grew into a popular tourist destination.  But its the red rock mountains that will bring you back.

Welcome to Sedona

Welcome to Sedona

December 31, 2009

This is my first attempt at blogging, but I think it will be a good way to meet other children’s authors. I am in the process of self-publishing my first book. More about that later. I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, a constant inspiration for creative types like me. Beautiful vistas everywhere you look. Moving here has given me more time to concentrate on my writing. Mostly for children, although I have spent many years in marketing communications. I have found other writers here, but my town is home to many artists as well. No surprize. As soon as I can figure out how to do it, I will post some photos of Red Rock Country. You will be amazed! The flora and fauna and people who live in this high desert area influence my writing every day.

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