Holiday Mishap Contest

I am so excited to join in the contest fun! I was afraid I wasn't going to get this up in time thanks to the strep the children shared with me over the weekend. 

The wonderful Susanna Leonard Hill is running her 3rd Annual Holiday Contest. All the details can be found here. Without fourth ado, here is my Holiday Mishap:

A Juicy Cautionary Tale for the Traveling Mouse
As told by Auntie M


Artist's Date Anyone?

After a wonderful month with PiBoIdMo, how do I keep up the idea generating groove? With Artist Dates. They sound heavenly.

Artist Julie Cameron has brought the idea of the Artist Date to us and she is a wonderful champion for the movement. She writes:

The Artist Date need not be overtly
“artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the

imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the
play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well
of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask
yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.
-Julie Cameron

Sounds good right?


I'm a PiBoIdMo Winner and My #Nerdlution

Thanks to the PiBoIdMo challenge I have 34 brand new ideas to play with. I've already written two of them into drafts and there are a few more gems in the pile I think!


PiBoIdMo Halfway Point!

We made it! Halfway through November. So now Christmas music is playing in just about ever retail space. I'm not prepared! Well actually, I should be done with all the extra shopping I'm doing before the end of the month. Whoot! I'm trying to keep December more about my 3 Fs: Family, Friends and FOOD. Yum. I'm excited just thinking about it. :)

My first PiBoIdMo week was more full of ideas then this past week. Only 8 new ideas. Just over half of week one. But, I'm still on track to finish with more then 30 new ideas. And there are a few that are actually GOOD ideas. Some ideas are dead ends right now. Like the one I got when we found a caterpillar ride along in the stroller. That one isn't inspiring me at ALL right now. But maybe one day.

That's why I'm keeping all these ideas. My own treasure chest of ideas. (Yes, it's a folder, but it's full of gems. HarHar.) One day one of these dead end ideas may spark a new story. Who knows! I could write something about a world traveling caterpillar. That doesn't excited me right now, but with the right twist it could. I just need to sit on these ideas until they are ready to hatch.

Each idea counts. Some won't grow in to anything quickly, but they have the potential. It's all about the potential.


Week 1 PiBoIdMo Done!

There has been a lot of chatter recently about how great the kid lit community is and I completely agree. I have truly enjoyed the openness and camaraderie that the online community offers along with the acceptance and encouragement that surround the interactions. It still amazes me how quickly I felt like part of the community. My local SCBWI Region has been a wonderful community as well. Art Date anyone?

These year has been a whirl wind of new experiences and I am enjoying most of it. Rejections (I just got one today) are part of the game and to reach the ultimate goal they are a necessary evil. Sad, but true. But, by being part of the phenomenal kid lit community we can all celebrate each others' successes and rise together when we are feeling down and out. 

Right. Back to it. 

So, for the first week of PiBoIdMo I am ahead! 13 ideas logged so far. I am enjoying my current idea keeping system. I've been using notecards for the actually ideas and pinning articles/pictures to my cork boards. Ok, one cork board is all kid art work. :)
My sticker machine makes some great stickers.
I have the little lightbulb all over. 

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