My March 12 X 12 Challenge draft is complete, and I am pleased with the results. I approached this draft mindful of Tamson Weston ‘s advice from the pitch contest. A PiBoIdMo idea was tempting me, but I forced myself to write the book pitch first. Actually, I wrote several pitches, and they helped focus my ideas for a unique hook. I researched the hook idea, and read 15-20 picture books that had similar elements of style and content. Halfway through my research I was truly itching to get the story on paper -but I resisted! I let dialogue threads, characters and settings roll around in my mind and sort themselves out. Then unexpectedly I woke up at 2:30 AM in mid-March and the first page was as clear as day. I scurried to my laptop, where I dashed out a first draft. Although my typos were plentiful, the core of my draft had a solid start.
Another March highlight was appearing as a video guest on No Water River. My thanks to Renee LaTulippe for the fun invitation, her silly snickerview, and an entomological poem challenge! Renee is featuring a terrific lineup of poets for April 2012 Poetry Month, so please to check out NWR next month.
My April goal, in addition to producing a new picture book draft, is to encourage you to Light It Up Blue and shine a light on autism awareness. Light It Up Blue is a global initiative by Autism Speaks to raise awareness about autism. Iconic international landmarks will Light It Up Blue on April 2, 2012 for World Autism Awareness Day. Please wear a blue shirt, or put a blue bulb in your porch light to support the campaign!