12x12in12, PiBoIdMo, PPBF & Birthday Fiesta

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.

51 thoughts on “12x12in12, PiBoIdMo, PPBF & Birthday Fiesta

    • 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!!!

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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. :-)

  5. 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.

  6. 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 :D Whoop whoop!

  7. 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!

  8. 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. :)

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