Work on Shivering Snivels is coming along! (Slowly)(gumble, grumble) 

The manuscript has its final edit done and our publisher is ready to put together the mock book. 


The next challenge is to see how we will place the text with the images and work out any kinks that might arise. 

This is also when we finalize the illustration style. 

Once that’s approved, we will move on to the final illustrations! 

Whew, is it done yet? ;p

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My Pretty Awesome Birthday

You all know I don't like to play favorites......but this is my favorite birthday present this year!! Drawn by my disgustingly talented BFF Gabby. I think she captured me wonderfully

You all know I don’t like to play favorites……but this is my favorite birthday present this year!! Drawn by my disgustingly talented BFF Gabby. I think she captured me wonderfully!♡♡♡

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Couple shots from the festivities…

So yeah, it was very fun! I’ve had such a crazy year, from making the Shivering Snivels Trailer and graduating, then stumbling as I figured out how to be self-sufficient. Now, finding balance and fulfillment, I appreciate my friends more than ever.

This, above all, was the year I found them again.  ♡

 

Quick little character study for Snivels

Quick little character study for Snivels

Thanks Kara <3

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Shivering Snivels & His Shadow mock book finalized!


Video Chatting with our Shivering Snivels illustrator! Kara and I just hammered out the art for Shivering Snivels & His Shadow. The final mock book is on it's way! Also, hooray for Skype otherwise these two shut-ins would NEVER meet ;p

Video Chatting with our Shivering Snivels illustrator! Kara and I just hammered out the art for Shivering Snivels & His Shadow. The final mock book is on its way! Also, hooray for Skype otherwise these two shut-ins would NEVER meet ;p

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An original doodle for Shivering Snivels very first fan!

Happy Birthday from Shivering Snivels & His Shadow to our #1 fan, and my friend, Weston Ryan Wilson! He was also our very first supporter and backer! We wish you a spooktastic birthday, and a year filled adventures with your monster friends ♡ @ayyy_im_weston

Happy Birthday from Shivering Snivels & His Shadow

to our #1 fan, and my friend, Weston Ryan Wilson!

He was also our very first supporter and backer! We wish you a spooktastic birthday, and a year filled adventures with your monster friends ♡

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A Clean Workspace is a Happy Workspace :) 

A Clean Workspace is a Happy Workspace :) Apartment remodel coming along. Got my desks back today! Got a crazy rose, so I warn you now...I may begin to post way too many pics. Alright. Time to finish our Mock Book

Apartment remodel coming along. Got my desks back today! Got a crazy rose, so I warn you now…I may begin to post way too many home garden pics.  Alright. Time to finish our Mock Book! #nomoreexcuses

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Even Bureaucrats Can Have Fun!

Found this little gem while doing research for Snivels.

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To Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme: The Writing Process

A sneak peek into the “glamorous” work of a writer.

I know, as a young author, I need to be blogging as much as possible. However, I struggle to know what’s worth blogging about in the first place. Perhaps it’s my visual arts background that makes me feel that if there’s nothing worth looking at, there’s nothing worth reading. The process of writing a children’s book, while challenging, is not very visually stimulating.

However, until we have new art, I thought I’d give you a peek at the writing process.

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One thing I wish more authors did was show us there crumpled up piles of rewrites. It’s easy to assume that the amazing book you just read was written in just one sitting. As if god was speaking directly to the author who only had to transcribe each perfectly placed word.

In reality, for most of us at least, writing is a long and grueling process. Similar to chiseling away at a sculpture, and wondering if you’re even using the proper hammer.

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The biggest challenge for any children’s book writer is deciding whether or not to rhyme.

Yes, if you can manage to craft the perfect meter and rhyme, your book will be beloved, at least by relieved parents. However, a clumsy attempt can ruin your otherwise delightful tale.
So for the last few weeks I tried my hand at a completely rhyming draft of Shivering Snivels & His Shadow. It was not far off in the first place, since I found many of my lines were already beginning to rhyme.

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Since I majored in Filmmaking, not writing, my first step was to study rhyme and meter. Then I broke down my manuscript (as is) into all of its respective parts.

How many words are in each line? How many syllables? Is there a pattern?

(Because there should be)

Then came the crafting. Taking the lines that didn’t fit the pattern and rewriting them, over and over again, until they fit with the rest.

Now I have to ask myself, “Is it good enough?”
Is it close enough that a little editing will bring it home?

Or should I go back to an earlier draft?

I’ll let you know the answers when I have them!

The First EVER Shivering Snivels & His Shadow Trailer

 

Snivels Stormyweather may be a very miserable name, but he is a very miserable boy. At the beach or at school, Snivels always seems to find fearsome phantoms stalking him from every shadow. When Snivels own shadow comes after him — life certainly seems spoiled for this scaredy cat.

Special Thanks to

-LaluCoo aka Kara Jaskolka

Our extraordinarily talented Illustrators who developed the art in the film.

-Joshua Nicholson

-Lauren Clare

-Leara Morris-Clark

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Welcome to JessPrince.com!

What an amazing website, don’t you all think?! I know I couldn’t be happier.

To use the words of the great Penny Lane,

“It’s all happening!”

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So many wonderful things are in the works! I’ll be releasing The Shivering Snivels Trailer in a week, as well as GRADUATING from ArtCenter College of Design’s Film department.

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I was just offered a paid position producing, and being the Production Manager on, the beautiful indy film “Night Train,” written and directed by my dear (and talented) friend Jeanne Marie Spicuzza.

 

 

 

AND I’m working on a lovely Ocean Science Series to sell to The Aquarium of The Pacific. I plan on this becoming an ongoing collaboration with this wonderful educational center!

 

ANEMONE

Hope you all enjoy the new site! Beyond the blog, check out Light and Pigment for my ever developing portfolio.