Archive for December, 2014

Stop Making (so Much) Sense by Dev Petty

Thinking about this as I start getting ready to teach the picture book semester at VCFA…

Nerdy Book Club

It’s night time. We cuddle up as we always do, and I begin, “Once upon a time…”

Isn’t that funny? Why do I do that? The books I write and the books I enjoy don’t usually start with “Once upon a time” or end with “Happily ever after.” Part of it is just trying to concoct a story, bleary eyed, at the end of a long day. But conventional, fairytale storytelling, the kind with tidy endings and linear story-lines, is deeply ingrained in me and it’s a lot of work to break free from it.

This is a box I strive to think out of. A box built from once upon a times, happily ever afters, dogs that chase cats and princess movies. Even though I was raised in the 70s and had first editions of some truly experimental writing, and even though I try to write unconventional picture books…

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