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 romance (2)


Reading iPads in bed -can- be romantic


Lately I've been reading reports about how it's not recommended for iPad users to read their devices in bed just before going to sleep. Supposedly the glow from the screen confuses the brain and makes it harder to fall asleep.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I never have trouble falling asleep after reading on my iPad in bed. If the screen seems to bright, I just turn the brightness down. I also find that one of the advantages of reading on an iPad is that I don't have to worry about what reading light is available. 

Plus...I know it's sounds weird...I like it when Jeff and I are reading our iPads together. Sometimes I'll look over at him as he's reading the latest John Gruber post and I'll think how glad I am to have married a technonerdboy.


Video Featuring An iPad, iPhone, Facebook And Twitter. Also, A Wedding.