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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Moodboard, from A Tiny Tribe

Cathy Moodboard

I've been having a lot of fun experimenting with Moodboard ($4.99, from A Tiny Tribe). It's a great brainstorming app for organizing pictures and text.

The interface is super easy to learn, and I love being able to use the pinch movement to enlarge, shrink, move and rotate images and text. Think I might use this for storyboarding!

Also, the app has lots of options for changing the look of the background, text and images. I'm going to start using this app to generate some interesting images for my various blogs.