Growing up in Nigeria, it was common to hear food that had pepper in it described as being “pepperish.” So, I am used to that word: pepperish. But, I do believe the correct word is peppery. Today, however, I don’t particularly … Continue reading →
After ploughing through a book and reaching ‘the end,’ you can physically close it and put it down. You can put it back in your personal library, return it to the local library, stand on it in the hopes that … Continue reading →
Since I discovered the wonders of free e-books via sites like Project Gutenberg and Google Books, I have been downloading them like crazy. Many of the classics are there for free. Thanks to e-reader apps on my phone like Kobo (which … Continue reading →
As you read more and more books, stories, articles, etc, you will notice certain habits e.g. the pace at which you read, the writing styles you prefer or tend to gravitate towards, etc. For me, I have noticed that I … Continue reading →
Last year, while I was deeply engrossed in a piece I was writing, someone pointed out that I had this weird look on my face. Okay, fine, it was not just weird; it was silly. I never forgot it and … Continue reading →
I started writing seriously in 2012 (last year), after a very long break. One of the things I quickly discovered, apart from the fact that I love writing stories in my handwriting, is the fact that writing is a very … Continue reading →
We all know the brain is a computer, but imagine this: What if you literally needed no hands to type, but as the words came to mind, your brain could somehow transcribe them all to paper without you moving … Continue reading →
Last month, Tonwa Anthony a.k.a The Crazy Nigerian nominated me for the Liebster Award. My ears are still tingling from the good news! This is my very first award on this blog and you can imagine my excitement.
Thank you so so much, Tonwa. I don’t know when I will get used to calling him, Tonwa because most of us only knew him as the Crazy Nigerian for the longest time. But that has since changed.
There are some things that never leave your mind. I remember going to the Notice Board in school – secondary school – week after week to check out the new “quote” for the week. This one, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, made a lasting impression as I can still remember it more than a decade later. That is probably because it is even truer now than it was back then. If that is even possible. Continue reading →
Have you ever wondered what your very first handwriting looked like? Maybe you have old exercise books from nursery school, etc, to help jog your memory. Even if you don’t have those, chances are that like many people, your handwriting … Continue reading →
Welcome to Design of the Picture Book! I'm Carter Higgins, and I'm a writer and librarian for kids. I spent a spectacular stint as the Children's Book Editor at <a href="http://www.designmom.com/">Design Mom</a> which I loved! You can find my column <a href="http://www.designmom.com/category/childrens-lit/">here</a>.<br /> I'm a K-6 librarian, a former-ish graphic designer, an SCBWI member, and a huge fan of words and pictures.<br /> Represented by <a href="http://www.rpcontent.com/">Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC</a>.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost - Martha Graham.