Sunday, October 18, 2020

New Quickies Coming!

One of the things that's different at school this year is that teachers are always looking for different things to make the day, which is by need and design unfun, fun.  One of the things that a couple of teachers in my school do is to show my Quicky Drawing videos of which there were three.

That has prompted me to dedicate myself to making more videos. There are a total of eight "in the can" set to premiere on Sundays and Wednesdays and more are in the works. I've even purchased a new rig to get a better view of what I'm drawing!

So here is the first. The Unicorn.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Out and About: Other People Reading My Book Edition

It's been an amazing school year this year so far.

First, this is my 15th year in my school. That fact brought the realization that "If Picasso Were a Fish" and "If I Had a Gift" both turned 14 this year.

That, in turn, sparked another couple thoughts.
  • The students who first saw and reacted "Picasso" are all neck deep in college or military service or the start of their 20's.
  • The young woman on whose birthday sheet "Gift" was based, is also deep in college (she was in second grade at the time).
Then also the realization that I have not finished a book in a while.

So, I have six new books in a restarted pipeline. 

Now as to the title of this post...

The administration in my preK-grade 2 school reads a different book to each grade every year. This year, I'm blown away by this, they chose If I Had a Gift as the official book to read to every second grader in my building. 

I'm humbled beyond belief. 

I'll keep you posted on the pipeline.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Recovered Treasure: Cleaning out the basement edition.

One of my projects this summer is going through all of the boxes downstairs many of which have been moved to several houses without having ever been opened. This has led to my downstairs office/studio looking like a cross between a residential street after a tornado and the hanger that the FAA uses to reconstruct downed aircraft.

It has also, however, allowed me to rediscover artifacts from the early days of my children's book author "career".

These include:

A 10 minute sketch of what a Saurat picture might look like for If Picasso Were a Fish.

The first parts of If Picasso Were a Fish. Interestingly, the goat sketch lead
to a whole bunch of "What?" designs that I put on Cafepress items.
They are returning to Cafepress now.

and the end of "Picasso" showing that the ending never changed through development.

The original "Picasso" sketch.

and a copy of the original birthday sheet that led to If I Had a Gift. Grace was in second grade, she's a sophomore in college now.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

I Get All Good Morning Wilton-ized

Good Morning Wilton is a local digital newspaper that has, some would argue, surpassed the regular print newspapers as the source for news in town for any of us with an internet device. There are a lot of us here with internet devices.

So when Good Morning Wilton contacts you and asks if they could do an interview with you about your say yes.

This past August founder, editor, lead reporter and all around doer of nearly everything, Heather Borden-Herve Facebook messaged me to set up an interview. I said yes of course and we talked for about an hour an 45 minutes about my books and how I get my ideas and execute the books I've written. We had a great time talking and the interview came out yesterday.

A big thank you to Heather for the great article.

Read it for yourself here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I've Gone All International

All issues involving copyright, making sure that I was the same Skip Ploss that had published the first books previously, have been sorted out and all six are now available at

The really cool thing about using CreateSpace is that they are an Amazon company and because of that books are placed in the Amazon supply chain nearly immediately when published. So, I thought I'd let you know what books are available in which countries through Amazon.

First the countries that have all six books available;
Now the countries with partial offerings;
So there you have it. 

It's pretty amazing really.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Abstracts Update: August 18th 2015

Abstracts: minimalist scribblings published 2006 and 2015 
After all books had been loaded into CreateSpace (Amazon) and all looked good I noticed that both Abstracts books had been locked for sale.

When I contacted CreateSpace they said that it was due to the fact that the books had been published before and that they needed to make sure that I was the author and that no copyright issues were being created.

The issue with previous publication was because I had those two books placed in the Amazon sales channel when they, the books, were being published by

Abstracts 2: more minimalist scribblings
published 2007 and 2015
After some back and forth and me sending sales and royalty records from the time that they were at Lulu along with the original cover file which was time stamped in 2006 and other bits of information including this interview from The 2 Cents Blog all seems to be straightened out and I am told that the two titles will be made available again shortly.

Now on the the new stuff!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Process Update: August 10th 2015

UPDATE: As of this evening, August 10th 2015, the last of the Lulu books, those previously published on, has been loaded onto CreateSpace and my Lulu Store has been shuttered. We are an all Amazon shop from now on I guess.

Here's where we stand in original release order:

  1. If Picasso Were a Fish: Available online at (
  2. If I Had a Gift: awaiting my proof copy.
  3. Abstracts: minimalist scribblings: awaiting my proof copy.
  4. Abstracts2; more minimalist scribblings: awaiting my proof copy.
  5. Holy Mackerel: awaiting my proof copy.
  6. I Have Two Bunnies: Available online at (
Work will now commence on something new. I just haven't decided which one yet but I'll keep you posted.