New Year’s Writing Winning!



Sure, I could be dancing and singing and tooting my horn on this New Year’s Eve. But I couldn’t let the old year totter out without celebrating all the picture books I wrote!

I’m not saying they’re super fantastic picture books. I’m not even saying they’re semi-decent. All I’m saying is that I wrote 12 (possibly lousy) picture books in 2012. But it’s words on the page, people. And that’s 12 drafts of something I can work on in 2013.

You know, maybe I will dance and sing and toot my horn on this New Year’s Eve after all.

(And I hope you’re celebrating tons of writing achievements tonight as well. Thanks so much for joining me here in 2012–and see all y’all next year!)

Walking Through the 12 x 12 in ’12!


Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?

At my desk, my forehead’s glistening–

A not-so-pretty sight

I’m struggling tonight

Thinking of the 12 x 12 in ’12.

Gone away is the bluebird,

Here to stay is the fail word

It sticks in my head,

Flashing in red,

Thinking of the 12 x 12 in ’12.

But I can go and read what’s up at Julie’s blog–

And pretend that I’m an author, too.

They’ll say don’t give up, go back and try again.

the 12 x 12 in ’12 is fun to do!

So I’ll sit and conspire

Now my thoughts are on fire–

To face unafraid,

the books that I’ve made

Walking through the 12 x 12 in ’12!

Thanks again to Julie Hedlund and all the writers, authors and illustrators who shared their picture book journeys and expertise! I’ve had a blast, walking through the 12 x 12 in ’12!

Top Ten Reasons Why I’m Glad I’m Halfway Through the 12 x 12 in ’12


2. I have FIVE (and a half) picture book manuscripts that I’m totally mostly¬† sorta happy with!

3. I’ve gleaned a ton of PB tips from Julie Hedlund and a slew of guest posters over at her blog!

4. I’ve found that I really can write a picture book draft in a day when it’s the last day of the month and I have to get it done in time to sign up for the monthly giveaway (see #1)!

5. Did I mention that I won that awesome critique from Debbie Diesen?

Ummmm…so it looks as if I’ve only made it halfway through the Top Ten List. But that’s okay. I’m only halfway through the 12 x 12 in ’12 challenge. When I finish the challenge in December, I’ll finish the Top Ten list, okay?

Besides, I’m a writer, y’all, not a freakin’ math genius.

P.S. You can zip over to Julie’s where a Halfway Blog Party’s going¬†on all week. You’ll find a ton of bloggers with their own (possibly better than mine) reasons for doing the 12 x 12 in ’12!