While I was in L.A., attending the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference, I met a wonderful person—Christy Evers. Christy writes children’s books, which explains why she was at the conference. However, in addition to writing, she has also been the keeper of Critter. Who or what is Critter, you ask? Read on, my friends.
Critter is a slightly bovine-looking, extremely cute chunk of art created by Ian Sands. Mr. Sands is an art teacher. According to his blog, http://iansands.blogspot.com/, he encourages public, collaborative and interactive art. Sounds great, right? Wait, there is more! Ian Sands started a venture called the Lost Critter project. He made a lot of critters and set them free. This is where Christy comes in. She got her hands on one of these critters and has been sending her guy to visit children's writers and bloggers all over the country. After Critter has finished hanging out with sixteen different writers, Christy is going to auction him off and donate the proceeds to charity—St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital http://www.stjude.org/ . How cool is that?
At this very moment, I have Critter with me as I type (actually, he’s in the front seat of my car, anxious for his first New Jersey adventure). He arrived safe and sound (and a little hungry, I think) in the mail on Saturday. Thank you USPS. So, stay tuned, Critter fans (because you are a fan by now, right?). I will be showing Critter around my part of the world and doing my best to entertain him. After we have some fun together, I will blog about our escapades. Then, Critter will be off to see author number fourteen—the talented and fabulous Jill S. Alexander, author of The Sweetheart of Prosper County. I adore her and so will you. Lucky, lucky Critter gets to go to Texas to visit Jill. Hmmm, maybe I’ll go with him. Love Texas.Want to learn more about Critter? Check out Christy's blog: http://christyscreativespace.blogspot.com/