Little did I know that when I recorded this video for the Cuddlefish Academy, was THIS going to happen:
I had gone out to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Florida Chapter's conference this weekend as a part of my First Year Regional Advisor Professional Development grant to learn a bit more about how other chapters ran their conferences to apply things I liked to our conference. At the same time, I wanted to be sure to participate in the conference in every way I could, which included submitting my portfolio to the portfolio contest. Of what seemed to be the 30 portfolios out on display, I was humbled to have walked away with the judges choice award! What does this mean? Maybe nothing, but one of the judges was the amazing Laurent Linn, art director for Simon and Schuster, so maybe it will mean I'm just a bit higher on his radar now for getting some book illustration gigs. Who knows?