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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Why all writers need to learn how to use DropBox

For a list of other useful apps for writers, please check out my list of Useful iPad Apps For Writers.


Price: FREE

Last updated: July 26, 2010 (Version 1.2.5)

Seller: Dropbox, Inc.

Dropbox is a file hosting service that syncs your files online and across your computers. I found out about it from my author friend, Cheryl Rainfield, who uses it to keep copies of her manuscripts in progress.

More and more iPad apps are starting to use Dropbox for file syncing, which is super-handy. This means that I can create a file in one app, grab it from another app, and edit it in yet another app. Then I can pick up the finished version from my desktop computer. I'm also using Dropbox as a convenient online backup for some of my files. I've shared some Dropbox folders with business contacts, like my agent.

The basic version of Dropbox is FREE and lets you have 2 GB of space. Because I work with a lot of image files and sometimes sound files, I've upgraded to a Pro 50 account, which costs $9.99/month but gives me 50 GB of space. You can upgrade to 100 GB space for $19.99/month.

Hey, and if you use this link to sign up for Dropbox, we both get 250 MB extra space. :-)

You can find out more about the various features of Dropbox here.