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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Using the iPad in music rehearsal

I'm finding my iPad very useful in meetings and rehearsals with my group, Urban Tapestry. We have a concert coming up in a couple of weeks, and I've been using the iPad to take notes during band meetings as well as for storing sheet music and lyrics/chords. I've tried about a dozen apps for displaying music, but my favourite is Goodreader so far.

The recent update to Goodreader makes it possible for me to easily add annotations if I need to as we practice, marking down key changes, etc. I can either add annotations with a popup sticky note or draw right on the document.

If one of my music partners has sheet music that I need, I use my digital camera to take a picture of the document then sync to my iPad using the Camera Connection Kit. In the old days, they'd have to make a photocopy and then give the copy to me at the next practice.

I love my iPad.

Photo at top of page:

Practicing Still Beautiful by Aryana, a friend we met when we performed in Germany.