12x12in12, PiBoIdMo, PPBF & Birthday Fiesta

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Yahoo! PiBoIdMo 2012 has been and conquered – Yes, even Hurricane Sandy couldn’t stop her!  And I managed to bang out thirty-two ideas for picture books. It is such a good habit-making practice and I have had so much fun doing this. It forces me to write everything down on post-its, backs of envelopes, and trusty moleskin notebook, I now carry everywhere with me. Actually, I now have three notebooks so I always have one handy. I know most of these ideas are not cybils-winner material or even publishable, but one or two have some rich potential! Once again the community and crafty posts are more than worth the participation. Thank you Tara Lazar and I will most certainly be signing on the dotted line again next November! And you?

(c) Linda Silvestry

The age of the internet really has transformed the solitary writing life, and 2012 has seen my small writing community expand in quantity and quality across the globe. If PiBoIdMo weren’t enough, two other picture book-loving groups have blown my writerly socks to the moon this year (good job I am happiest barefoot!). HERE I have to give huge thanks for: the fellowship, learning and fun I have experienced through Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday blogging-gang, and to Julie Foster Hedlund and her 12 picture book drafts in 12 months in 2012 challenge and community! You gals and all my PB friends rock socks!


 January – Julie’s call,
“12×12 in 12, y’all!”
February blasted through.
Draft completed – Number 2!
March in time, left, write, left, write.
Third idea crafted tight.
 April – showered with ideas. 
plagued with rhyme and meter fears!
May – SNOW GAMES at last is out.
Published author – worth a shout!
June danced in with prose in streams.
Jotting down ideas from dreams.
July invites non-fiction pages,
more research than done for ages.
August – pace slows in the sun.
It’s not a race. Enjoy the fun!
September – Reeling – changing nation.
New milieu – new inspiration.
October – Zilch! Zero! Nyet!
First month to fail the challenge yet! 🙁
November PiBoIdMo struck!
30 jots! 2 drafts! What luck!
December – Thanks to all the group.
Lets hear a cheer for Julie. WHOOP! 

For more information and how to join in the fun of 12×12 in 2013 check out this post.

I also could not let the 12th of the 12th, 2012 slip past without wishing JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE to my fiend, Beth Stilborn — a talented writer, faithful friend, and generous facilitator.

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51 Responses to 12x12in12, PiBoIdMo, PPBF & Birthday Fiesta

  1. *applauds* Brilliant stuff Joanna. You cruised home, no doubt about it. Loved your little poem, perfect!

  2. Totally awesome, Joanna! And what a year you’ve had! 🙂 Thank you so much, also, for joining in the birthday fun for Beth! 🙂

  3. Congratulations and I’m striding into 2013 with a force behind me. Let’s all keep swimming!

  4. Tina Cho says:

    Loved your poem, Joanna! You made me laugh, …”writerly socks to the moon”!
    Congratulations on all your accomplishments!

  5. Fabulous wrap-up, Joanna! I’m amazed by all of you who completed the challenge. I didn’t even come close, but I’ve learned so much from all of you, so it’s all good. 🙂

    And YAY again for the month of May! When’s your next one coming out? 🙂

    • Joanna says:

      Thanks, Renée! I managed 11 PB drafts and am still hoping to slip in #12 before the 31st.

      I just sent MIDSUMMER MISCHIEF off to my lovely illustrator, Maja Sereda!!!

  6. Carrie F says:

    Wonderful, Joanna! I’m joining you in that Whoop! for Julie. Congratulations on SNOW GAMES and all your manuscripts. What a great year for you!

  7. LOVE your poem! YAY for 12×12! Congratulations on your 12 drafts! And thank you so much for participating in the you-know-what! I have had such fun ferreting out the clues and visiting all the blogs.

    • Joanna says:

      Thank you, Beth, and HAPPY DAY to you. Susanna’s awesomeness never ceases to amaze me, and it was such a pleasure to join in.

  8. Busy year! Congratulations, Joanna. What a wonderful community. i am so glad to have met you (virtually). Lots to celebrate…especially SNOW GAMES,

  9. Joanna says:

    Romelle, likewise, very happy to have met you on this wonderful writing road!

  10. Darshana says:

    Great poem. Congrats on your very full year. It has been wonderful getting to know you. Best of luck for 2013!

  11. Bravissimo my friend. You have had an amazing year. Congrads on SNOW GAMES! Your writing is super. It will be loved for the ages. 🙂 Happy birthday Beth!

  12. What a great year! Love the poem. You are so good at rhyme! Here’s to next year!

  13. Genevieve says:

    I love this post. The poem was adorable and proof that you were in it to win it!

  14. You might find a story as you make your way up to the moon to get your socks back! Just thought I’d let you know I brag about knowing you! Online or not, I am so very happy to have met everyone in this community! Here’s to all your accomplishments – and to next year! Prost!

  15. Cathy Mealey says:

    Brilliant poem – so fun! And congratulations on 32 – what a banner year! And Snow Games to boot. Can’t imagine how brightly your star is going to shine in 2013!!

  16. Joanna says:

    Cathy, I keep thinking it’s going to be hard to top 2012, but I think there’s a lot more in us yet. And I say, Publishers, look out for the 12x12ers!!

  17. Brilliant poem, Joanna! I’m so glad to have gotten to know you through 12 x 12. What an exciting and productive year you’ve had – congratulations! I think my socks are with yours on the moon after all the writerly goodness this year. 🙂

  18. SNOW GAMES–or any publication–is worth more than a shout. If I were you I’d be shouting still. Sounds like you have a lot to celebrate from 2012. Glad to me you through 12x12in2012.

  19. Joanna says:

    Wendy, thanks so much for your encouraging words. 2012 was quite a year!

  20. Damon Dean says:

    Joanna, your year-long poem deserves a whoop or two TOO! Loved it!
    Congrats on all your accomplishments and enjoy all that’s ahead. Glad to be journeying with you on this writing adventure.

  21. Loni Edwards says:

    Hi Joanna! Your poem was brilliant! I loved it! Congrats on a such a successful 2012, especially Snow Ganes! Here’s to 2013 being even more creatively successful for you 😀 Whoop whoop!

  22. Deb Lund says:

    Wow! It’s “Diary of a Writer!” So fun sharing this year with you!

  23. Well, you DID do 2 in November, so that makes up for the missed October one. 😀 You did great!

  24. Great poem! I so happy to have found this community. I’ve enjoyed getting to know so many talented people over this past year. Looking forward to more next year.

  25. Wonderful titles! A big congrats to you Joanna. 🙂

  26. Dana Carey says:

    Congratulations on all these great accomplishments, Joanna. And didn’t you move across the globe too? Wow! Here’s to you!!

  27. Rebecca Fyfe says:

    Joanna – You have accomplished so much this year, and you have been such a supportive participant of 12 x 12. It has been wonderful getting to know you this year and rooting you on the success you are achieving!

  28. And didn’t you move in the middle of all of that? What an amazing year, Joanna. It’s been so much fun to share the journey with you and the others.

  29. I love everything you write, girlfriend. This is happening!

  30. Brilliant poem–impressive manuscript count! And a book?!

    Oy. I’ve got a little catching up to do..;-)

  31. Joanna…the whole year has been one big shout of joy! Congratulations on all of your success and accomplishments! And your poem is such fun!
    “Snow Games” is only the beginning for you…2013 holds such promise for all of us. 🙂

  32. Congratulations on Snow Games and all of your accomplishments. Love the poem, Joanna. Like you, it ROCKS!

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