Little Hoo Christmas Reading at Once Upon a Storybook


I just wanted to pop in and share some photos from my Merry Christmas Little Hoo book reading last week. It was really fun and sweet. I love reading to littles who participate. There was one little boy in the audience who answered “Nooooooooooo….” all big-eyed and anticipatory to every “Is it Santa?” question. I wanted to slip him a hundred afterwards for making the whole event so much better but of course I can’t be doing that.


Here I am all animated and stuff. I can be scary when I’m reading. Especially since I don’t like speaking in front of crowds and of course I was sweating profusely. But you can’t tell and none of the kids seemed too afraid of me.

Then we had some cookies. I signed some books and pretended like I was celebrity. On one book I totally screwed up a word but the lady smiled like it was supposed to be that way. So obviously I’m not a real celebrity because I’m sure that doesn’t fly well with the haters. Or maybe it does. Maybe it’s more fun when authors screw up? I don’t know.



Anyway, it was fun. I signed the wall. I really hope this cute little book store sticks around. It was right out of You’ve Got Mail with it’s little-shop-around-the-block charm. If you’re in the neighborhood, you should definitely visit and let them know I sent you. Make sure they have my books on the shelf too!

I’ll probably be back when my summertime Little Hoo book comes out so if you missed me, you’ll have another chance in June!


p.s. Thank you to Deb for taking all these pictures!

Living Room Photo Shoot


Last week I shot a “fashion shoot” for AlphaMom in my living room. I’ve done a lot of photography in this little one-bedroom apartment but this shoot actually felt almost professional. We had a real backdrop and some really cool mettaprints props (shown below) and Bug and our neighbor, Mohammed, are about as pro as it gets when it comes to modeling.


They are both pretty photogenic naturally but they’ve got the goofball posing down. Perhaps the I like to Move It, Move It and Gangnam Style music blaring in the background helped. Music always makes everything more fun.


Anyway, they both had a blast and are looking forward to making real paychecks (!) this time instead of the usual frozen yogurt treats that I usually pay them with.


I love our new Aspen Trees that we are now selling at  We did them as a custom order for a client and then loved them so much we had to make more for the shop. It’s like I had my own “Where the Wild Things Are” in my living room. (In more ways than one.)


I had to stop the wild things from pummeling each other with pillows and taking down my cardboard aspen woodland.

But at the end of the day I gotta say it wasn’t a bad gig!