PiBoIdMo: Keeping it Fresh

So here we are, a mere 9 days away from PiBoIdMo 2014. I have my notebook. I have my pen. I have my imagination. That’s all I need to spend 30 days having ideas pour out of me, to be ready on December 1st when I can start magically weaving them into amazing stories. Right? […]

Friday Five: What I’m Doing During My MG Break

So October is my step-away-from-the-MG month. I’m taking four weeks between finishing the first draft and starting to revise. Why? Well, mostly, because everybody (right?) says it’s a good thing to do. And you can probably add to that that I’m a bit nervous about this revision, just because it’s been a while and my […]

I’ve Been Tagged: Picture Book Projects

Okay, I was tagged almost two weeks ago, but I’m here! Thanks to Carol Baldwin for giving me the chance to talk about my project(s) and process. And, rather than tag anyone specific in turn, I’m just throwing out an invite. If the questions in this post look fun and you’ve got a project you […]

Friday Five: Why I ALMOST Quit PiBoIdMo

It was close. Yesterday, I almost tucked the notebook away and just let it go. I was telling myself that this wasn’t the year for me, that it wasn’t a big deal, that I could just choose to stop. Why was I considering backing out of the month’s goal? 1. I haven’t really been “there” […]

Zen and the Art of PiBoIdMo

True confession one: I’ve never read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I know people who’ve read it, though, so that counts for something. Right? And I’m certainly no expert on zen as a practice. I think about it, though. So that counts… Oh, never mind. It’s just a good title for my blog post. […]

In Which I Look Into the PiBoIdMo List and Find it…Not ALL Heffalumps and Woozles

It’s mid-January, which means 2012 is well on its way. Which means, yes, that I should be doing something with that list of ideas I came up with last November, in Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo. How easy would it be for me to let this all go? Oh, too, too easy. So… This weekend, I went […]

PiBoIdMo: A Wrap-up

A few days before November, I took the PiBoIdMo pledge, promising that I’d do my best to come up with 30 ideas in 30 days. How many ideas did I get? 57!!!! Which means, I get this! I also treated myself to one of the PiBoIdMo mugs, with Bonnie Adamson’s darling art, from the CafePress […]

Friday Five: Restart

Yesterday was a catch-up day. My to-do list had gotten pretty long while we were out of commission, so I plugged myself in at my desk and slogged through, checking things off and moving on. Felt good. I have dipped a toe back into my writing & reading, too. Just a bit. And today felt […]

PiBoIdMo & My Lightening-Fast Reactions

It’s November 10th. Ten days into the month that is PiBoIdMo.  It’s been an interesting week and a half. The guest posts at Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) blog have been great! And it’s as much fun as I thought it would be to just open up my senses and imagination for […]

Where I Am Today: PiBoIdMo

This morning, I’m guest-posting over at Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo. I’m talking about revising picture books, those ones we’re doing to write AFTER we come up with the month’s worth of great ideas! You can see the post, with giveaway, here.