Harbor Springs, Michigan, USA
May 07
Illustrator, Book Designer, Writer
Janice Phelps Williams is a book designer, illustrator, and writer. Learn about services for authors and publishers, as well as her artwork and books at www.janicephelps.com.


NOVEMBER 25, 2012 5:46AM


IT'S SUNDAY MORNING... and our word for the day is *appreciation*. It is listed as Way 5 in my small (now out of print) book "What Saved Me" (2000, under pen name, Clair Starr). I thought it might be good to place this short essay and thoughts on appreciation with theRead full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2012 5:45AM

United States of America

It’s Sunday morning and this was a long week at the end of a long presidential campaign in the United States of America. When I awoke this morning and began preparing the coffee pot, going through the motions of water, filter, and grounds, my mind muddled through words like: division, anger,Read full post »

Photo from Hocking Hills, Ohio, by Janice Phelps Williams © All rights reserved. 


I was raised in a family that never discussed politics, religion, or income. At least not in front of the children. I suspected my parents were divided, one Republican, one Democrat.


I voted Republican in 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992. I voted Democrat in 1996, 2000, 200/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2012 9:53AM

A New Path...



I took a different route back to my room. On this new path I came across the same brick house that I passed nightly. The same house, but on a different street. There was even the same cat in the window. I stopped and examined it. Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2012 6:40AM

It's Sunday Morning: October 7, 2012

A few years ago I started posting "It's Sunday morning..." meditations on Facebook. I want to share these with you as well, from now on, so am going to post also here.

(A personal note: I do not attend church and my beliefs do not fit into any specific label,Read full post »

When Mark and I moved from the beautiful hills, forests, and caves of Southeastern Ohio to the equally beautiful hills, forests, shoreline vistas, and incredible big skies of Northern Michigan, I debated within myself as to what to do about Appalachian Morning, a blog I started soon after we moved… Read full post »
The Forever MarriageThe Forever Marriage by Ann Bauer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Forever Marriage
by Ann Bauer

From the publisher's description: "The Forever Marriage is at its heart a mystery, and the mystery is what, exactly, the nature of Carmen and Jobe's marriage might have been. Page-turning and irreverent, Th/…

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AUGUST 28, 2012 7:54AM

"Open House" by Elizabeth Berg

Open HouseOpen House by Elizabeth Berg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read Open House by Elizabeth Berg for the first time four years ago. I discovered her books at the library and read all of Berg’s titles available there, then purchased some additional titles as well. I’ve now read all of her/…

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An author I have worked with, Jessica Bell, posted a link today to an article from Forbes: Publishing Is Broken, We're Drowning in Indie Books - and That's a Good Thing, by David Vinjamuri. Here is the link.  I wrote a lengthy comment on Facebook about the article, and decided to… Read full post »

Today,  I am the guest of Karen S. Elliott, The Word Shark, at her blog for writers and readers. I discuss my path to becoming a book designer and illustrator and list out the steps involved in creating illustrations for an author and/or publisher.

Here is the link:

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One of my most visited blogposts is "Yarn Companies Offering Free Patterns" from 2009. It's time to provide a new list...my gift to all those who love to knit and crochet! Remember, it is never too early to start working on holiday gifts. Enjoy...

This lovely lavender yarn was purchasedRead full post »
JULY 22, 2012 10:10AM

July in Northern Michigan!

A snippet of my day yesterday and some photos taken throughout the month of July. 

"Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer's year - it brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul." ~author unknown

Harbor Springs, MI, Saturday Farmers Market

Angie Ledbetter and I recently decided to do an altered book swap. I wrote previously on this blog about altered book projects:

JULY 4, 2012 2:07PM

My Revolutionary War Ancestors

Between June and December 2011, I spent a lot of time looking into our family history. I wanted to give my mother, sisters, husband, and sons scrapbooks with information about their ancestors. These first pages are taken from the scrapbook I made for my children. Gen. William Heath is their uncle,… Read full post »
JUNE 21, 2012 8:21AM

Videos, Photos, and Poems...Oh My!


Dear Friends,

Beginning with our move to Harbor Springs, Michigan in April to my road trip to Philadelphia in May to a bevy of creative activities both personal and professional this spring...I've barely had time to catch my breath, but catch it I have. Breath after breath of "Pure Michigan" aiRead full post »

Yesterday I posted several photos and links of memorial statues. Today, I've found more to share with you. Some may be familiar already, others not. All, I think, are worth considering. Today I thank those for envisioning, funding, creating, erecting, and maintaining these public memorials.

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For several years I have been interested in public memorials and how an artist, working with a community, implements his or her vision to permanently honor a specific person or event. On this Memorial Day 2012, I offer a few links, paragraphs, and photos of public memorials.
It has been nearly 6 weeks since Mark and I moved from Athens, Ohio, to Harbor Springs, Michigan. So much has happened! I am going to let my photos do most of the talking! These are not in chronological order, but neither are the happy memories, visual experiences, and feelings that… Read full post »
MAY 14, 2012 12:00AM

FabricToday I'm celebrating the release of Jessica Bell's new poetry collection, Fabric ... Wait! Please don't close the tab at the the mention of poetry! Trust me, just read a little note from the author herself before deciding to disappear ...

Jessica says:
My poetry will not baffle you with ph/
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Tonight after dinner, Farley (our dog) and I went for a drive and took more photos of our new hometown, Harbor Springs, Michigan. We are learning our way around. The camera helps to "see" what is around us. On this 45 minute ride we saw a wild turkey, two beautiful Golden…

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APRIL 22, 2012 4:02PM

My Favorite Music

So, today my son mentioned Neil Young, and that prompted me to remember music from when I was in high school (including Neil Young's music)...and then that prompted me to think of music that I've listened to at different times in my life and...well...before you know it, I was compiling a…

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Last week, Mark and I moved from beautiful Athens, Ohio, to beautiful Harbor Springs, Michigan. After 13 years of enjoying the hills, trees, caves, lakes, and architecture of central and southern Ohio, I have opened my camera bag 500+ miles to the north and found hills, trees, a much bigger lake,…

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Congratulations, Lucrecia Guerrero! Lucrecia has won the NATIONAL PREMIO AZTLAN AWARD for 2012. The National Hispanic Culture Center has named her novel Tree of Sighs as its novel of the year!

The Premio Aztlan Literary Prize is a national literary award, established to encourage and rewardRead full post »

Winter: a slow freezing, dripping, hiding, melting. Cold air, cold feet. Deer and ice. Coats and hats.
Spring: already here…lavender, lime green, blue sky, birds sing, thick grass.

Last summer, Mark and I went to Petoskey, Michigan, on vacation. We loved it there. It was August and I got/…

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