Pre-RhyPiBoMo 2015 Tanja Bauerle

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Pre-RhyPiBoMo 2015

Tanja Bauerle


RhyPiBoMo 2015 Guest Blogger Badge RPBM 15 Tanja Bauerle

Starting things off for this year is my friend, illustrator and children’s writer Tanja Bauerle. She is the talented artist who created the beautiful banner, pledge, badges and all the art you see here. I asked her to create a banner with a young Maya Angelou on it and art relating to her work. I think she nailed it! I could not love it more!
Please join me in welcoming her to get us started and
thank you Tanja for your gorgeous artwork for RhyPiBOMo 2015!

RhyPiBoMo 2015 Bird with Feather

By Tanja Bauerle

Oh, the butterflies! What a daunting task to be the opening guest blogger for Angie Karcher’s RhyPiBoMo this year! Ann Whitford Paul, Kwame Alexander, and my dear friend Diane White, are but a few of the authors that will share their wisdom and talents with us this April. We are in for some delectable treats in the coming weeks.
Angie and I met a few years ago while taking some online writing classes together. Of course, we became fast friends. Last year, at the SCBWI LA Conference, Dawn Young, my fellow AZ buddy, and I shared an ambulance ride to the emergency room with Angie, after she skewered her hand with a wine glass. We had quite the adventurous evening and I still have some interesting photos of the inside of Angie’s hand. Needless to say, after such a traumatic time together we will be sisters for life.
I am a writer and illustrator of picture books. My illustrations have been published in several books but I cannot call myself an author yet, seeing that I am still journeying down the path of having my writing published. During one of our chats, Angie told me that her poet of choice for RhyPiBoMo this year is the magnificent Maya Angelou. When she asked me to create the logo for RhyPiBoMo this year, of course I jumped at the chance.


Selecting only one of Maya Angelou’s inspirational quotes to guide the visuals would prove quite the challenge. In researching her extensive body of work, one can’t help but be awed by Mrs. Angelou’s philosophy of life. In addition to being a phenomenal writer, Maya Angelou was an even more exceptional person.
Strangely, Angie and I independently favored the same quote even before we talked about it.
We both chose:
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
– Maya Angelou

RhyPiBoMo 2015 Banner

This quote spoke to us because it is so apt for writers. Writers write because they simply need to write. Freeing your inner writer and letting your writing soar is what this month is all about.
RhiPiBoMo will shower you with inspiration; it will open up the world of rhyme and poetry to you; but most of all it will introduce you to a community of fellow writers and rhymers that share a similar journey.


Another one of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes is:
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
– Maya Angelou


This quote touched me because I have always been a cheerleader to my fellow illustrators and writers. During last year’s RhyPiBoMo, participants were divided into critique groups. I was assigned to my group at random. Today, a year later, our critique group is still actively critiquing and supporting each other. These ladies have truly been a rainbow on my cloud as I journey though the evolution of my various manuscripts. Thank you RhiPiBoMo for this incredible support system for not only my writing but also life’s other ups and downs. Thank you to my fellow moonies for your wisdom, love and support over this past year. It is so refreshing to find other cheerleaders in this industry that can be riddled with rejection.
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As RhyPiBoMo motivates you this month through various articles and posts, I encourage you to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. In addition to honoring Maya Angleou’s writing, I endeavor to take this opportunity to mirror the person that Maya was. Her humility, compassion and honesty are truly humbling. If more people lived by her convictions the world would be a much better place. I will leave you with some of my favorite pearls to live by from Maya Angleou and hope that they will touch you the same way that they did me.


I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
– Maya Angelou


I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
– Maya Angelou


I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
– Maya Angelou


I’ve learned that People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but People will never forget how you made them feel.
– Maya Angelou


You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
– Maya Angelou


Happy creating to you all.
Tanja Bauerle


About Tanja:
Tanja Bauerle, an award-winning children’s book illustrator, escaped many years in the corporate arena of design to pursue her love for children’s book illustration. Originally from Germany, Tanja grew up outside Melbourne, Australia, and now lives near Phoenix, Arizona, with her family and her menagerie of cats, chickens, a horse and two alpacas. To date she has illustrated three picture books and is continuing to illustrate the “Wright on Time” middle grade series. Tanja is currently focusing on writing and illustrating her own picture books. She is an SCBWI member is actively involved in several online writing and illustrating communities.
You can connect with Tanja through:
Website: http://www.


*RhyPiBoMo 2015 tiles with bird

RhyPiBoMo 2015 Optional Writing Prompt:

This is NOT part of the pledge. It is an optional writing exercise for those interested. You will not publically share this as part of RhyPiBoMo but may keep a personal journal of your writing this month.


Write a Haiku poem titled : A Rainbow in the Cloud


A Haiku is a short poem that uses sensory language to capture a feeling or an image. The syllables of each line follow a strict pattern


First line: 5 syllables
Second line: 7 syllables
Third line: 5 syllables


For example:


Fluffy islands float
Vacation from the raindrops
A bridge to sunshine

 © 2015 Angie Karcher



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179 thoughts on “Pre-RhyPiBoMo 2015 Tanja Bauerle

  1. Such a beautiful banner you’ve created, Tanja! I love the inspiration already and am looking forward to another fun and informative RhyPiBoMo!

  2. Angie, looking forward to a rhyme-filled month with you as inspiration. Tanja, I feel privileged to be in the Moonies with you and the rest of our crew. You truly are a talented artist and I’m glad that you have a chance to shine as the kick-off post to RhyPiBoMo. Hugs! Pia Garneau

  3. Thanks for the post. I did post it on my timeline and wrote a Haiku. See, I am so revved up I am out of my comfort zone.

    • Thanks for being an honored Golden Quill Guest Blogger this year Jackie! You are a woman of courage, honor and distinction just as Maya was. And…you are revved up and leaping out of your comfort zone to fly like an uncaged bird! = ) Hugz Lady!

  4. Jackie Wellington

    Being a huge Maya fan…I am excited about this month. Great start. I loved the post and the Haiku.

    • Kaye, you will love this month. I write in prose so rhyme does not come naturally to me. I have found, however, that you can use poetic techniques to liven up your prose to make your manuscripts sing. You will love it. 🙂 T.

  5. Wow! Each of the quotes you shared could be a post in and of itself. So much wisdom and encouragement in them, and in what you shared today, Tanja. I feel blessed to share that lovely critique group you mentioned with you – good friends, and critique buddies, don’t come along every day. Thank you, my friend! Sandy Perlic

    • Maya Angelou was just oozing inspiration. Sandy, thank you so much. I too feel unbelievable lucky to have you and our wonderful Moonies share our journey together. Many smooches and hugs to you. 🙂 T.

  6. Maria Oka. Thank you Tanja! Looks like we’re off to a great start! I love the art you’ve done and the Maya Angelou quotes. Beautifully written.

  7. So happy that you’ve kicked things off, Tanja! I love, love, love the extra Maya quotes that you’ve given us and I can attest that you ARE the rainbow in so many people’s clouds. 🙂

  8. Beautiful banner, and the quotes are very inspirational. I am ready to get started on RhyPiBoMo, and I am ready to become a better rhymer.
    Sandy Powell

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  10. Beautiful and inspiring, Tanja. I’m also working on getting my first book published and those cheerleaders are so important to keep me motivated. I haven’t read Maya’s work, but will search her out – Nadine Cranenburgh

  11. thank you, tanja, for a wonderful kick-off post! i love the focus on maya angelou; she is so inspiring. i’m looking forward to a fabulous april! -Karen Nordseth Roos

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