It’s December 1 already –
twenty-four days to Christmas.
December 1 –
the day after PiBoIdMo ended, and …
the first day of Post-PiBo.
Post-PiBo is the week after the inspirational Picture Book Idea Month (brain child of Tara Lazar), the week when daily guests post encouraging and helpful advice on how to proceed with all our ideas gleaned in thirty days.
Yesterday, November 30, was the last day of the 30-day challenge to write a picture book idea each day – any idea that could be used in creating a picture book. This was my fifth year of taking on PiBoIdMo and it is my most creative to date. I’ve completed (won) in the other four years I’ve done this, but this year? This year I surprised myself. On day 17 I already had 30 ideas! By the end of day 30, the final day of the challenge, I completed with 65 – yes! 65! – ideas.
Here’s my badge to prove it.
Yessiree … I’m doing my happy dance!
Not quite like that but you get my point.
if when even one of my ideas is developed into a picture book and makes it to being published, the above will be even less of the happy dance I’ll be doing. You can be sure of that. :) Perhaps you will join me?
One year I won one of the prizes given out at the end. It was a cute caricature of me, based on the illustrator’s insect characters. I may show you sometime what he sent me. I think it’s meant to be a combination of a firefly and a mosquito – or a misinterpretation of a firefly.
Tara Lazar does an amazing job of putting together six weeks of inspiration for writers of all skill levels and experience. She is a published picture book author herself, having written The Monstore which I reviewed here, Little Red Gliding Hood, I Thought This Was a Bear Book, and Normal Norman. She has two more picture books coming out in 2016. I urge you to buy, borrow, and for sure .. read and share .. her books.
Right now I am happy and feeling a little proud of myself for managing to go beyond what I’ve done before. This time I will complete manuscripts.
What or who inspires you? What challenges helped you to go beyond what you thought you could do?
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! :)