Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and reading resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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January 7, 2013: After some hard thought, I've decided to officially shut down this blog. I know I haven't updated it in a while, but I thought I should let you all know so you can remove it from your RSS feeds, etc.

Reason: I've decided that I need to find ways to make more time to read and create books.

I had great fun working on illustrating I'M BORED (written by Michael Ian Black, published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in Sept/2012) and am now working on writing and/or illustrating new book projects. In addition to my picture book projects, I also want to get back to my novel writing.

My challenge: I want to do too many things and am currently involved in too many projects. My solution: To prioritize and cull.

You can find out what I'm working on at or follow me on Twitter at @inkyelbows.

Thanks so much for your support and interest in my projects.

-- Debbie

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Appigo's To Do app gets new themes

Appigo's To Do app has added some extra themes, both free and a couple of paid themes: Christmas and Pirate. When the notice first popped up on my screen, I rolled my eyes and thought, "Geez, what losers are going to pay $1.99 for these themes?"

I downloaded the four new free themes, flipped through them, thought "Nice but boring" then took another look at the Pirate theme. It's pretty ridiculous: finger bone binder rings, over-the-top old map pages as background, tarnished gold binding corners. But the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. Hey, anything that makes me more diligent about keeping my To Do lists and projects up-to-date is worth $1.99, right?

So I bought it. Go ahead, mock me.