I'm really looking forward to my second annual Oregon SCBWI Conference on May 17th & 18th. Everyone was so generous with their knowledge last year! If you're a children's book writer or illustrator in Oregon or Southwest Washington, I recommend attending the conference. And if you haven't already joined SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)—do it. You get a discount on the conference, and the connections and support you receive are invaluable. Such a coincidence that this year's theme happens to be Wagons Ho! I've been working on a picture-book biography about Oregon Trail pioneer and suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway over the past year...