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Is it Time for PiBoIdMo Yet?

Is it time for PiBoIdMo yet? I sure hope so!!

I first heard about PiBoIdMo roughly a year ago during one of my local SCBWI meetings. My original thought was that it was an odd name… a complete give-away that I’m a newbie. I soon came to learn about NaNoWriMo, ChaBooCha, 12×12, SubSix, and other super groups with shortened names. I get it. I’m really a Melinda but I go by Mindy.

I found the group online, and, by the way, Tara Lazar is an incredible event host. I say this because her blog site is pretty much fabulous. Totally buttoned up. Also, she seems to be everywhere in the children’s literature world and would probably win Most Popular if this was high school. Seriously. I’m not being sarcastic. She’s awesome. I wish I had half of her focus and energy.

At first I was intimidated by the thought of developing 30 titles/concepts in as many days, but then Start The Year Off Write happened. Shannon Fimbel Abercrombie did a great job with that and I worked my tail off to participate in each day’s challenge. By the end of the month, I not only gained several new tips and tricks, I also filled up TWO months’ worth of ideas that I’ve been saving for PiBoIdMo. Literally chomping at the bit for more than half the year. That’s a long time to wait! Akin to Christmas if you have my personality.

So get here already, you silly month! For better or worse, I’m inspired by special events, guest speakers, and the success stories that pop up in my news feed. They create bursts of productivity and creativity that I try to maximize. Hopefully, I’ll develop some clever stories that can be shared up the publication grapevine and who knows, maybe one day appear on a shelf near you.


Not A Wash, But A Blur

Where did February go? Seriously, have you seen it? I have checked everywhere, in every nook and cranny, around every corner, under the carpets, behind furniture. Everywhere. The only conclusion I can reach is that it has vanished.

February, for all its shortfalls, not the least of which is the tiny number of days, was a big month. It included business travel, personal travel, an everlasting winter cold, a 3-year-old with a changing sleep cycle and a new big-girl bed. I experienced tremendous physical change, emotional turmoil and a whole lot of metacognition. I attended approximately one million board and committee meetings, discovered insomnia, and finally got back on my bike after finding the Global Cycling Network on YouTube and banished soda from my fridge.

Thank God that in my life there is, well, God. He’s not for everyone but He’s for me. Also, rock-solid family stability, and more relevant to this blog, good ol’ pen and paper.

For all the running around, tossing and turning, planning, preparing, and so forth, my mind continues to make room for literary adventures. My “I’d like to write this someday” list has breached 50 titles, mostly picture books but some articles, early readers, and chapter books, too. And… some progress, in the past month I’ve managed to pen three manuscripts that I’m absolutely wild about. Granted, they need serious time and devotion before I’ll let anyone else see them, but they are golden in my heart and that’s a great starting point since I write to fulfill my own needs.

But it’s not all about me. In fact, the more I stake my claim on being a writer (I SO love saying that I’m a writer) I’m ever more impressed with the likes of real go-getters like Alayne Kay Christian, Stacy Stenberg Jensen, Becky Fyfe, Shannon Fimbel Abercrombie, Tara Lazar, Mira Reisberg, Elaine Kiely Kearns, and Julie Foster Hedlund. These incredible people and their very familiar names keep popping up in my news feeds with posts and blogs and instructions and accomplishments and all the while, I’m like, HOW DO THEY DO IT?! I don’t think I had even one blog post this past month. Maybe one, early on, but maybe not. And I missed the deadline to list my two submissions in SUB SIX. Really? I couldn’t write two sentences? And in 12 x 12, which I LOOOOOOVE, I basically disappeared right there along with February.

Thankfully, it’s a new month, a longer month! A warmer month! The third month! Insert weird fun fact that I love the number three and all of its multiples. No idea why. And this month, I mean business! More submissions, more serious devotion to an agent search, more group participation, and maybe, maybe more sleep. Dare to dream.

Most Recent Steps:

*Developed a portfolio plan/path
*Purchased the new 2014 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market
*Signed up for a regional SCBWI event