“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual… O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.” – Henry David Thoreau
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Happy Tuesday, all! I’m taking a break from my frantic NaNoWriMo-ing to send out a major welcome to our new regional SCBWI Critique Group Coordinator.
But first, my deepest gratitude to our former coordinator, Shelley Koons, for doing an amazing job!
For the past two years, Shelly has worked hard and given us fantastic tips on how to run a successful critique group with her 13 Reasons PDF and posts like this one, and this one, and here’s another, and this one for when critique groups go bad, yikes.
So again, many thanks, Shelley, you will be missed!
And with that, allow me to introduce Mike Karg, our new regional critique group coordinator! He’s a picture book writer, veterinarian, wanderer, tinkerer, and dreamer. He has contributed to As The Eraser Burns before with this great post as well as this one. Mike also visited us for some Coffee & Conversation, but first, here’s an essay that he’s written so everyone can get to know him better! Continue reading
In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
Illustrators, I wrote about a couple of ways to get your creative juices flowing in Tuesday’s post, and want to continue that discussion. I mentioned looking at books by illustrators you admire, but there are also other ways to motivate and inspire, and they involve going outside your comfort zone by trying new techniques and media. Continue reading
Yesterday was all about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. Today’s topic is about the lovely Tara Lazar’s awesome PiBoIdMo, Picture Book Idea Month, that starts on November 1st!
What is it?
From Tara’s Website: Why, it’s Picture Book Idea Month!
Tired of watching novelists have all the fun in November with NaNoWriMo, I created PiBoIdMo as a 30-day challenge for picture book writers.
The challenge is to create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript (but you can if the mood strikes). You don’t need potential best-seller ideas.
When is it?
November 1 – 30th, with registration beginning on October 25th! Tara will also have guest posts by picture book writers and illustrators like Floyd Cooper, Tammi Sauer, and Peter Brown sprinkled in throughout the month for added inspiration. And woo-HOO, you can also win prizes such as signed artwork, critiques from the pros and bling! We love bling!
Sounds cool, got any tips for where to get ideas?
Well, picture books are not my forte, although I do have a draft with lots of tiaras and tutus and pink … written just so I can give book talks wearing a tiara, tutu, and pink. But I’ve done my best to gather 30 ways to help spark your creativity, and get your brain churning. Enjoy!
November is almost here and you know what that means, right? The writing challenge season is about to begin! Tomorrow we’ll talk about PiBoIdMo – Picture Book Idea Month, hosted by the lovely Tara Lazar. Today’s topic is all about …
What is it?
From the official website: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
The sun has been shining for two days in a row and I just don’t know what to do with myself! We definitely needed the rain – I was one of those complaining about it; the ground was like concrete to our horse’s legs and feet. But, gee whiz, did we need to get it all at once? We came off relatively unscathed in our region compared to our friends down in South Carolina. Let’s all remember to send send thoughts, prayers and good wishes to them as they recover from epic flooding.
I stole today’s blogging duties, because I just had to be the one to do this post. My friend and former Maryland resident, Nanci Turner Steveson, had the cover reveal on her debut novel just yesterday!
Nanci writes for Middle Grade readers and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She studied under the mentorship of award winning authors Kathi Appelt, Patty Lee Gauch, and Bethany Hegedus. Additionally, Nanci has won several educational scholarships through The Highlights Foundation. Her first Middle Grade novel, Swing Sideways (HarperCollins Children’s) is scheduled for publication in May 2016, followed by Frost, in winter 2017.
And without much further ado…here is the cover:
I love it and CANNOT wait to read this book. It was largely written in Adamstown, just around the corner from where we have our annual conference in Buckeystown, MD. Speaking of…Nanci is tentatively scheduled to be a faculty member this coming March! How cool is that?
For the full cover reveal, go to Mr. Schu Reads blog where you’ll learn more about this talented author and her debut novel.