North Texas Teen Book Festival and C2E2 in Chicago!

If you’re visiting this site, you’re most likely here for the comic strip. But I have another full-time job, too, as a kids’ book author. I won’t go into details in this post, but you can read all about it on my author website, here.

I do many speaking gigs for Pajama Diaries, near and far, but the books are now taking me to places I’ve never ventured before: namely, bigtime book festivals and comic cons (the latter I’ve actively avoided until now). 

But these…these are major! If you have time, scroll through the lists of all the authors, creators, and entertainers. Wow.

I’m so excited to be among such an amazing lineup of authors at the North Texas Teen Book Festival in Irving, TX and the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in Chicago, IL. I’ll be in Texas March 22-23 and Chicago March 24. 

Click here for details about my appearance at NTTBF.

Click here for details about my appearance at C2E2.

Whether you’re a fan of the strip or books (or both), come say hello!

Erie Event


I’ll be speaking at Temple Anshe Hesed in Erie, PA on October 21 from 11 am-12 pm. The presentation will cover my artistic background, syndication, the Jewish aspect of the strip and its characters, and will offer up many samples for your viewing pleasure.

This event is free and open to the public. A “Pajama Diaries: Deja To-Do” book signing will follow the presentation. Hope you can make it!


L-L-L…nope, can’t say it

Aside from, well, real emergencies, there’s probably nothing else that horrifies parents quite like the “L” word. No, no, not that “L” word. I’m talking about:
Fortunately, I’ve never had to deal with these ghastly creatures from hell (or from other kids’ hats and combs). But I’ve heard enough horror stories to know when I’ve got a relatable topic. For this series, I talked to several friends and consulted blogs and articles. I have only one word: YEEEECCCCHHHH.
In some cases, I read that parents would get rid of the pests, only to discover that they’ve returned with a vengeance. This is after disinfecting every household possession and shaving each family member’s head. I think I’d call FEMA, declare my home an emergency zone, and then move to the nearest hotel. Bedbugs can’t be as disgusting…right?
Anyway, hope you enjoy the series. Or – realistically — I hope it gives you a laugh and doesn’t make you relive the horror or retch your guts out. If it does, I apologize. Please don’t curse me with lice.

Crazy for Peanuts…

It’s been another long expanse of time between blog entries. I chalk it up to the summer/pre-school crazies. We went on our first real “faraway” family vacation since about…hmm, ’03? We traveled to Northern CA and had a great week spending time with relatives and sightseeing. My husband and I managed to escape on an overnight side trip to Napa as well as to the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa.  For anyone who grew up idolizing the creator of Peanuts like I did (uh, is there such a thing as a cartoonist who hasn’t?), I highly recommend seeing this wonderful homage to the late great Schultz.


Many thanks to Justin Thompson and Stephan Pastis for our tour of the Schulz studios as well. It was an incredible experience.

*As a side note, it’s the first time I’ve EVER taken off more than 3-4 days at a time without feeling stressed. In other words, I’ve finally managed to work far enough ahead of my deadlines that I don’t hyperventilate over making up for lost work time. I can’t tell you what a relief that is. Now back to the drawing table…