Closing the Year

Published December 21, 2018 by Elsa Pla

Greetings from my little writing corner of the world.

It’s not easy to find (or steal) alone/focused time to write when you’re working full time, are also an artist, and you’re being distracted by the crazy and terrible stuff happening in our country and the world.

Still, I press on. Very slowly. Easy goals.

Since the last time I posted, I’ve completed three bilingual picture books, each with an accompanying illustration; I’ve started two bilingual chapter books; and I’m almost done with an adult short story. I have a few other projects, old and new, waiting in my whenever-I-can-find-time-for-this file. And that’s pretty much as good as it gets.

I’ve also attended a couple of  SCBWI conferences, participated in a couple of local art shows, and continued to post occasionally to my blogs:

Middle-grade book recommendations: The Reading Café

Thoughts on art and living a simple life : Catch a Butterfly

My online art portfolio: E. Pla Art

This year I’ve added three more writers to my ever-growing list of favorite children’s authors:

Katherine Rundell, author of many wondrous books including Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms and The Explorer.


Lauren Wolk, outstanding author of Beyond the Bright Sea and Wolf Hollow.


Jonathan Auxier, author of many fantastic books including The Night Gardener and Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster.

The Night Gardener by [Auxier, Jonathan]   

I’m currently reading an encouraging collection of essays and speeches, Barking with the Big Dogs, by beloved author Natalie Babbitt.

My goal for the new year is simply to continue moving forward with my writing and art by taking advantage of all the opportunities that may come my way.

May you all have an incredible 2019!




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