Winner of The Divorce Girl (And a Consolation Prize!)

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I completely forgot about The Divorce Girl by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. But I did not forget.

I mean, yeah, I forgot to draw the winner, but I didn’t forget about the book. And though The Divorce Girl was on my mind, I had several writing projects to finish yesterday so I was zipping along, typing, taking pictures, submitting, mailing and critiquing. Whew!

And just now, I had to wait for the Beneficent Mr. Hall to get out of the shower to pick the winner. But without any further ado, the (soggy) winner’s name is…Aspie Writer! Yay!

For the rest of you, I offer the consolation prize of a motivational trick for writing that works like magic. You can read all about it over at The Muffin.

(I know a good magician keeps the workings of her tricks secret but I think y’all deserve to know why I’m sometimes so forgetful. But don’t worry, Aspie Writer. I’m sending you an email as soon as I finish this post!)


Finding Motivation for The Picture Book Writer with PiBoIdMo

Oh, my Seussical stars! I am SO excited that I came across Picture Book Idea Month (beginning October 30th)over at Tara Lazar’s very clever blog!

See, I’ve done NaNoWriMo a couple times. Okay, I haven’t exactly completed the 50,000 words at NaNoWriMo, but I did get most of my YA book down, and from that NaNo starting point, I completed the book. I know that external motivation gives me the push to finish projects. And I’ve had a few inspirational nudges towards picture books in the last year. So, I’m ready for PiBoIdMo to give me the swift kick I need to produce picture book ideas.

On the other hand, I am right in the middle of writing a Middle Grade novel and I need to finish that project. So, here’s my plan: One hour per day on PiBoIdMo. I mean, all I have to do is come up with ideas, right? I can come up with an idea in an hour. Heck, I can come up with ten ideas in an hour.

They might be really stinky ideas. But I’ll worry about that little glitch later.

(P.S. Let me know if you’re participating and we’ll motivate each other as well, and I’ll be posting updates throughout November. Remember, you must SIGN UP by November 3 at Tara’s blog to be eligible for the prizes. And of course, all that motivation, too!)