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 review (1)


Apple's Pages app


Version 1.1, Price: US $9.99

Size: 24 MB

Creator: Apple Inc.

(Also see my list of other iPad Apps For Writers)

I haven't been posting a lot of reviews of notetaking apps recently because I've been using Pages quite a bit. Really nice interface, and I'm using it for some of my writing and critiquing projects. Lots of formatting options, and I like being able to import and export Word docs.

On my wish list:

Hierarchical folder storage - Keeping more than half a dozen documents is impractical because there's no easy way to access them except by flipping through them one at a time.

Easier import/export needed - Right now, you can only export your document by e-mail, and iTunes. I'm surprised Apple hasn't kept up with other word processing apps and enabled easier file sharing options.

TextExpander integration - I've grown to be a huge fan of TextExpander-enabled apps because of all the time and typing it can save. This would especially be useful on the iPad when users are using the built-in software keyboard.

Wordcount tool