The PARTY is Here and There…and EVERYWHERE!
I LOVE virtual parties…I can attend barefoot, in my pajamas, scratch when and wherever I need too, not have to shave or smell nice, and celebrate in my own crazy way. But STILL enjoy everyone’s joy, and share my own.
My joy??? TWELVE PICTURE BOOK DRAFTS in 2012!
Inspired by this wonderful community of writers (…I wonder how many posters this year posted in their pajamas?) and Julie Hedlund’s crazy determined encouraging leadership, I got up and got busy (at least once a month) to grab an idea circling about my head and turn it into a picture book draft (but without run-on sentences like this one).
WOO-HOO, that is reason to party!
And this celebration is everywhere! There are authors and writers from way Down Under to up in the U.K., from South Korea to South Crossett, Arkansas, USA (that’s here.)
I wonder…does anyone at our party know of an app or site or anyway we could put little push-pins on all the participants’ geographic locations?
A kind of “Pin-The-Idea-On-the-Author” game…just what our party needs!
I can’t wait to revisit, revise, revamp and rejuvenate these ideas. Some are good, some are lame, but they are all ideas worth working on. And if any of them ever get published, I’m gonna insist on credit somewhere in the end pages declaring…
“This was a 12 x 12 in 2012 PB Draft book!”
If you want to have this much fun, spread out over the whole year…if you want to get ideas and expertise from published authors, pre-published authors, beginning writers and all kinds of illustrators–many who might become life-long virtual friends–then look into the 12×12 in 2013 challenge. I plan to join, at some level.
Having enjoyed the 2012 year for free, but realizing what an awesome effort is involved, I understand the need to commit more than just comments to this awesome experience. At any level it’s worth every penny, and the eventual returns are worth twelve times and more than my upfront commitment will be.
Best advice ever? Do whatever it takes to keep writing.
You can’t be a writer unless you write. Now…where’s that punchbowl?