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November 9, 2010

I’ve had a little down time in between book tour events allowing me to tend to some of the ideas that have been fluttering around in my brain for the last year. One of them is a complete redesign of my website with a clean and simple interface with a focus on my children’s books. Obviously that is going to take a little time, but I will keep you all posted as Anthony and I figure out what design will work best.

Another “To Do” item is to share some of the archived video footage from various interviews and promotions created over the years to promote these children’s books. I’ve been collecting these videos here and there on VHS, CDs and DVDs and finally sat down to figure out how to transfer them to a format that can be easily uploaded to my YouTube channel. Even with my trusty Mac some third party software was needed, nevertheless I was impressed with how simple transferring video footage has become. With Elgato’s video capture software and adapter I was able to literally plug our old VCR into my MacBook Pro and record whatever videos I had. Wow.

So enjoy watching me learn how to talk coherently on camera (it only took about 10 years). My favorites are a segment on GamerTV from 2002 (with fellow artist-pal, Scott Fischer), about my involvement in illustrating for Dungeons & Dragons and an acceptance documentary that I created for the librarians and children of Indiana when I was given the Young Hoosier Book Award for my picture book, Ted, back in 2006.

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.