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

Entries in my iPad novel (1)


iPad Novel Writing Project Begins!

Apologies for the dearth of iPad posts. If you're super-keen on iPad and e-publishing info, please do follow my iPadGirl Twitter feed; where I post on a daily basis.

Several reasons for my sporadic schedule:

1. I just upgraded to from a Wifi-only iPad to a 3G iPad (WOOHOO!).

2. I recently attended the SCBWI Conference in Los Angeles (SCBWI = Society For Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and exciting things happened.

So while I'm working on picture book stuff for Simon & Schuster and other publishers, I'm also going to be working on a middle grade novel illustrated with comics (tentatively) called KILLER ZOMBIE SQUIRRELS FROM OUTER SPACE.

To help keep this new story psychologically separate from my other projects and also as an experiment, I'm going to try writing it entirely on my iPad, from planning through revisions.  I'm starting with Black Mana Studio's Manuscript app for the iPad but will also be using other apps along the way for brainstorming, layout, initial drawing sketches, etc.

I'll probably end up importing into the Pages app so I can convert it into MS-Word format for my critique group and ultimately for sending to my agent.

I'll be blogging about my progress, including recommendations about what software I like and don't like. I'll be writing from the viewpoint of a writer and illustrator, as well as someone who loves all things iPad. Though I -am- a huge iPad fan, I will be as honest and upfront as I can about good and bad experiences.


iPad screenshot above taken on my iPad while using Black Mana Studio's Manuscript For iPad. I'll post a detailed review of this app soon.