Seven days and seven picture book drafts! Thank you to Paula Yoo for giving me the kick in the pants I needed. If you are inspired (and also a bit crazy), join her here next year during the first seven days of May. You may walk away with the start of something great!
“Ahhh…alone at last.
What a beautiful spring day.
The sun on my face, feet in the water.”
“This way everyone, this way…
Over here we have a lovely high-altitude salt water lake that may suit your needs.
Plenty of larva, small insects, algae, and shrimp for the most discerning palettes.
While it gets a little cold at night, it’s a wonderful place to raise a family.”
“Um, excuse me.”
“Oh, sorry, didn’t see you there.”
“No problem, but you see, I was looking for a nice quiet place to get a little rest and relaxation. A spring break if you will.”
“Are we bothering you?”
“Well, there are quite a lot of you.”
“A flamboyance of flamingos, I’m afraid.”
“Do you think you will be long?”
“Just a few months.”
“You could join us. We are about to start the dance.”
“Dancing? I love dancing!”
“Well then, let’s go.”
**Created for Spring Fling: A Writing Contest. This entry earned Third Place!
I love to travel. Before I had my daughter I used to get “itchy feet” when I would feel like I had to get on a plane and go somewhere. Then I had my daughter, who is mostly rad when she is not having a full-blown threenagner tantrum. Now I would rather just stay home.
I recently completed Dr. Mira Reisberg’s wonderful Children’s Book Academy course, The Craft and Writing of Children’s Picture Books, hosted by the lovely Dr. Mira Reisberg and Random House Associate Editor, Kelly Delaney. The course was chock-full of fabulous content and helpful information for aspiring and even established writers. It reinvigorated me to get some of the ideas floating around in my head down on paper. I highly recommend!