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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Passion for Picture Books

Today, I celebrated.  PiBoldMo 2011 came to a close.  It was the end of a month long challenge to come up with 30 new ideas for a picture book.  In October, a critique group member brought PiBoldMo to my attention.  I signed on.  I love a good challenge.  You can never have to many good ideas for a picture book.

What did I get from this adventure?  I arrived at the end with 33 new ideas.  How exciting is that?  Well, for a person who is passionate about picture books, it's as exciting as a nursery full of new born babies who will blossom into unique human beings with the potential to change the world.

In addition,  I have acquired a ton of inspiration from authors and illustrators, and publishing folks.  If inspiration had caloric content, I would seriously would not need to eat for a long time.

 I made new friends.  Friends who are as passionate about picture books as I am.  Children's writers and illustrators are a force of passion and caring and creativity that is unsurpassed from any group I have been a part of.  And, they love to share the wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and passion. They love the art of a good picture book, and they love kids.  Most of them are kids!

To continue this passion, I have invited my critique group who only focuses on picture book manuscripts to  participate on my blog sharing their passion for picture books on my future posts.  Then, I will offer the spot light to other PiBoldMo 2011 winners.

 I would like to close with sharing my appreciation for Tara Lazar and her changing the world with her challenge. PiBoldMo  Thank YOU, Tara!


Tina Cho said...

Well said, Diane! I like how you compared our ideas to new born babies! Great job for having 33 ideas!! Yea!

Mirka Breen said...

And that's a lot of babies to raise and nurture. I hope to see them grow up!:)