I've been using this break from classes to work on a picture book. I've found that getting a children's book published is very difficult. I've searched many publishers and most only accept agented manuscripts, they're not interested in a series, or they take a year or more for a response. This is what led to my decision to self publish. I've got four books in a series written, and I'm working on the illustrations for the first book, The Peanut Buttor Tweatment. I hope to have this ready within the next couple of months. I've also been working on a website for this book series and its characters. It's coming along!
I'm excited and nervous about the release of Tales from Imagination's Closet in March. I've updated my website with new links for Melange-Books and added a list of stories included in the book along with a small blurb about each. Check it out @ http://www.msmithallman.webs.com/