Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all! 
Blessings on your day and enjoy the time with family and friends! 

I received a stack of books for Christmas and can't wait to dig in and then share them with you!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Perfect Picture Book Friday

I wanted to share a little blogging change that I plan to implement when I return to my normal blogging schedule in January.  Instead of reviewing picture books on Thursdays, I have decided to join with some wonderful bloggers and participate in Perfect Picture Book Friday (PPBF).  Susanna Leonard Hill began PPBF in the spirit of Marvelous Middle Grade Monday.  I'll be adding a little more info about the picture books I review, but beyond that the only change will be in the day I post.  AND that I get to put this very cute badge on my blog!  It was designed by Loni Edwards. I hope you will enjoy this new feature!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Shout Out for Two Great Stories!

I'm sure you all know friends and authors who have a story in the MeeGenius! Author Challenge 2011.  I did not submit a story, but thought I would give a shout out to two of the stories that I think deserve your vote.

The first is by one of my critique partners, LuAnn Kern. Vote for her story, The Night the Tooth Fairy Didn't Come. I love this story and its cute premise!

The second is by a new writing friend, Julie Hedlund. Vote for her story A Troop is a Group of Monkeys.  Julie shares the background of her idea on her blog. She is also running a contest for the promotion of her story.  For a chance at some really cool prizes for writers and non-writers alike, check out her blog post from today.

Have a great week and enjoy reading the MeeGenius! entries!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I DID IT!

I did it!  I completed PiBoIdMo 2011!  30 picture book ideas in 30 days!  A huge thank you goes out to Tara Lazar for organizing the month!

I have to admit, when I signed up, I thought it would be easy to come up with one picture book idea a day for the month of November.  But, as the month started to wind down, I found out that it isn't as easy as it sounds, at least not for me. My goal was to have 30 unique ideas, not a whole bunch that sounded very similar.  So once I brainstormed some good ideas, it was hard not to keep coming back to them.

But, what I found helped the most were the daily posts at Tara Lazar's blogMindy Alyse Weiss started the month off by showing all the benefits of PiBoIdMo.  For each day after, authors and illustrators shared the personal techniques they use when brainstorming ideas.  Besides the common idea of starting with a character and putting them in different situations, some of my favorites included:
By using these tips and techniques I was able to complete the month with a notebook full of 30 unique ideas.  Now what to do with these ideas?  A new writing friend, Julie Hedlund, has started a new challenge called 12 x 12 in 2012. The idea behind the challenge is to write a first draft of one of the 30 picture book ideas from PiBoIdMo for each month of 2012.  By the end of the year - 12 complete picture book drafts! I'm all for goals and checkpoints, so this challenge is for me!  Check out Julie's website for more info and to join.

For those of you who also completed PiBoIdMo 2011, congratulations!  I've come to know many of you from the Facebook group that Tara started, which by the way, was also a great part of PiBoIdMo 2011. For those participating in 12 x 12 in 2012, I look forward to writing along side you in the upcoming year.

And a big congratulations to those who completed NaNoWriMo 2012!  I hope to participate next year!