PiBoIdMo — I won the challenge!

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.

Actually, 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 hereLittle 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! 🙂


8 responses to “PiBoIdMo — I won the challenge!

  1. Congratulations! Well done. Your head must have been exploding with ideas. I just know more than one will be a published book one day. 😀


    • I was amazed at how easily ideas came to me this time, except for two days which took a little longer.
      Thank you for the vote of confidence, Darlene. I have to believe it and go for it now. 🙂


  2. Well done Lynn. That’s quite an achievement. I hope a book comes from every one of your ideas. That’ll keep you busy for a while.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


  3. YOU inspire me!! Congratulations on another win — not easy, I’m sure, but very worthwhile!!!!


    • Sue, thank you! Most of my ideas will have to be heavily worked on, some may have possibilities of something once combined into one story; however, there’s hope there. I’m excited about it and now need to get the space in my life to make it truly worthwhile. Tara Lazar would be elated if one of my stories made it to publication, thanks to her PiBoIdMo. I’ll be in touch with my writing coach for a brainstorming session, I expect.


  4. Yay! 😀 You are completely awesome! AND you have a jump start on 2017 with five ideas! 😉


    • Erik, awesome I am NOT, but for the thought – thanks . 🙂
      I have to confess I was lost in what you said about five ideas for 2017. I just got it and I have read your comment, and puzzled over it, a few times. Duhhh. You mean with the 65 ideas I got, I have the requirement for 2015, and 2016, and five left over for 2017. Wowsers! I guess you’re right! Even so, I have a lot of weeding out to do, and likely will take on the challenge again. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by.

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