Welcome to Inkygirl: Reading, Writing and Illustrating Children's Books (archive list here) which includes my Creating Picture Books series, Advice For Young Writers and IllustratorsWriter's and Illustrator's Guide To Twitter, interviews, my poetry for young readers, #BookADay, writing/publishing industry surveys, and 250, 500, 1000 Words/Day Writing Challenge. Also see my Inkygirl archives,  and comics for writers (including Keiko and Will Write For Chocolate). Also check out my Print-Ready Archives for Teachers, Librarians, Booksellers and Young Readers.

I tweet about the craft and business of writing and illustrating at @inkyelbows. If you're interested in my art or other projects, please do visit DebbieOhi.com. Thanks for visiting! -- Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Entries by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (1420)

Monday
Jul032017

Comic: Punctuation breakup!!!

Saturday
Jul012017

Happy Canada Day, eh? I encourage non-Canadians out there to embrace your inner U!

Friday
Jun302017

Comic: Obsessive Compulsive Editing Disorder

Friday
Jun302017

Comic: The Plot Hole

Thursday
Jun292017

Writers: Develop a thick hide. If you can't take criticism, then don't play in this playground. - Jennifer Fallon

Thursday
Jun292017

Thanks to Writer's Digest for including my site in their 101 Best Websites For Writers list!

 

Thanks to Writer's Digest for including Inkygirl.com in their annual list of best websites for writers again! So honored. What they said:

"Artist and children's book author Debbie Ridpath Ohi is perhaps best known for illustrating award-winning children's books (including several for Judy Blume), but her online presence is equally vibrant. At Inkygirl, she couples writerly inspiration with adorably endearing doodles - you can spend hours browsing without even realizing it."

Thanks also to Dee Romito for the heads-up in her Twitter feed at @writeforapples; I had missed seeing this news!

 

Wednesday
Jun282017

Writers: take regular breaks away from the keyboard. Here's why.

Wednesday
Jun282017

Comic: Unhappy Muse

Tuesday
Jun272017

Comic: Cat Writer

"Writers need rejection as a reminder that we have to work for what we achieve." - Chuck Wendig.

Tuesday
Jun272017

Comic: Punctuation For Sale

Monday
Jun262017

Happy 20th Anniversary to the Harry Potter series!

Anyone else miss the rabid anticipation of a new Harry Potter book? I confess I sometimes feel like Moira:

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Monday
Jun262017

You can find stories EVERYWHERE. Yes, even in a coffee stain!

As some of you may have seen in my Instagram story yesterday, I was creating some more coffee stains for doodling. Jeff (my husband) was about to reject some coffee grounds since he had accidentally set our coffee grinder for the wrong setting; I asked if I could have them. And I used them to create some super-strong coffee in a French press, then dropped the coffee onto some mixed media art paper with a spoon:

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Monday
Jun262017

Writers & Illustrators: All the networking/promo in the world can’t help unless you get your book FINISHED first. 

Sunday
Jun252017

A comic for you Oxford comma fans/haters out there

Saturday
Jun242017

Comic: Canine Assistant

Friday
Jun232017

Kidlit Restaurant Library

Thursday
Jun222017

Best birthday gift for a writer

Wednesday
Jun212017

A comic for the modern-day princess

Wednesday
Jun212017

Advice to writers/illustrators: Take the long way. Shortcuts rarely pay off. 

Monday
Jun192017

Writers & illustrators: DO YOUR BACKUPS. Here's my backup system and how it saved me when an Adobe Creative Cloud update bug ate my work.

 

While Adobe Creative Cloud is convenient in so many ways, an update bug removed a LOT of my files last year, including entire file folders of PSD book illustration files. Even a year later, it makes me queasy to remember staring at the screen as I watched in horror as files were disappearing RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY EYES and having no idea what was going on.

Cloud backup service Backblaze discovered the bug. Happily, my tech-savvy husband had set up a backup system for me using Time Machine, Backblaze and a physical offsite backup, and he helped me rebuild my hard drive. 

Yes, it can be a hassle to set up a proper backup system but trust me: IT'S WORTH DOING. Imagine how you'd feel if your computer quit working or was stolen right now, and your content wasn't backed up. Even apart from your work, what about some of the personal photos of moments and people you will never be able to replace?

People tend not to really think about a backup until they need one. I can't imagine what I would have done if I didn't have a working backup when Adobe Creative Cloud ate all those files.

Another tip: Do regular checks to make sure your backup system is working properly!

I do still use Adobe Creative Cloud, but I wait a while before installing any update. That way I let other people find the bugs for Adobe to fix before they release an updated update. :-)

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