PiBoIdMo 2013 Registration is OPEN!

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is almost here. Tara Lazar has another great lineup of guest bloggers and prizes again this year. To make this a more manageable project for me this year, I am only going to blog about my progress on a weekly basis. so here is my promise:

I do solemnly swear
that I will faithfully execute
the PiBoIdMo 30-ideas-in-30-days challenge,
and will, to the best of my ability,
parlay my ideas into
picture book manuscripts
throughout the year.

This has been successful for me the past couple of years, so I hope I’m up to the challenge again this year.

Picture Book Idea Month Winner!

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I’m a winner! I’m a winner! Here is the beautiful badge to go along with the 30 ideas I came up with during Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). Congratulations to all who participated. Even if you didn’t end up with 30 ideas, any new idea will bring you closer to a new picture book manuscript. Thanks goes out to Tara Lazar and all the authors and illustrators who provided inspiration and encouragement along the way. Now I’m looking forward to 12 x 12 in 2013. Can I write 12 picture books next year? I don’t know. We’ll have to see how it goes.

Picture Book Idea Month – Day 30 (The End!)

piboidmo12participantIt is the last day of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). Coordinated by Tara Lazar, this annual event asks writers to set a goal of coming up with 30 picture book ideas during the 30 days of November. Phew! I made it again this year. Now, I have 12 x 12 in 2013 to look forward. This event asks writers to set a goal of writing 12 picture books over the 12 months of 2013. I’m game.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #30: And my final idea for PiBoIdMo 2012 is the story of a cat’s adventures flying to his new home in Massachusetts. I figure he might meet some other interesting animals along the way. He would also be thrilled to meet his new family.

Picture Book Idea Month – Day 29

One more day left! It’s Day 29 of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). Coordinated by Tara Lazar, this annual event asks writers to set a goal of coming up with 30 picture book ideas during the 30 days of November. I wasn’t sure I would be able to make it this year, but it looks like I will be able to declare myself a winner tomorrow.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #29: Everybody’s Home for Christmas is the story of a young boy who misses his father who is stationed overseas. The little boy prays for his father’s safe return, which happens with his surprise visit on Christmas Eve. I thought this would be nice since so many of our military are away from their families for the holidays.

Picture Book Idea Month – Day 28

We’re almost done. It’s Day 28 of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). Coordinated by Tara Lazar, this annual event asks writers to set a goal of coming up with 30 picture book ideas during the 30 days of November. Since I missed posting yesterday’s idea, I have two for you.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #27:  I’m stuck on alliteration today. Why? I don’t know. How about a book titled Pushy Penelope. Penelope is the type of kid who pushes herself into any game, any conversation, any situation. I figure it would be good to have her be in kindergarten. Since some kids don’t attend preschool, kindergarten could be children’s first exposure to different personalities on a regular basis. How would Penelope’s classmates react to her? How would she treat them?

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #28: How about Crabby Cathy? Cathy is a total crab. No matter what is going on around her, she’s a grump. What if a classmate plotted to change Cathy’s attitude?

Picture Book Idea Month – Day 26

 

It’s Day 26 of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). Coordinated by Tara Lazar, this annual event asks writers to set a goal of coming up with 30 picture book ideas during the 30 days of November.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #26: I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around an idea that would combine my love of cross-stitch with a book for kids. I still haven’t figured it out yet, but I wondered if a book about a girl who likes to cross-stitch would be marketable. I learned from my grandmother when I was young. My girls enjoy needlepoint, even though it’s still challenging for them.  Maybe Susie likes to cross-stitch every day at recess or something. The kids giggle at her. The teachers keep pushing her to run around and play. Then at the end, they see she has created a beautiful picture. What do you think?

Picture Book Idea Month – Day 25

Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is almost over. Coordinated by Tara Lazar, this annual event asks writers to set a goal of coming up with 30 picture book ideas during the 30 days of November. I’m behind because of the holiday and our church’s annual Christmas bazaar and tag sale. Everything went well, but I was tied up with preparations most of the week. Here are my latest ideas for PiBoIdMo:

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #22: The World’s Craziest Hockey Mom is about a boy who thinks his mother is the craziest hockey mom ever. I’m very competitive and I love hockey. I’m sure there are days my son wished I had stayed home instead of attending his games.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #23: What if a garden gnome decides he’s tired of being a garden gnome one day and wants to try to be something else: a carpenter, a car mechanic, a ballerina? Not sure how I would develop this idea, but it sounds funny.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #24: I also thought a book about a girl who is transported back to when Washington crossed the Delaware might be a neat idea. Not sure if it’s good for a picture book, but it might work.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #25: What if one of Cinderella’s evil step-sisters got a chance to tell her side of the story?

Picture Book Idea Month – Day 21

The days keep flying by. Hard to belive that Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is almost over. Coordinated by Tara Lazar, this annual event asks writers to set a goal of coming up with 30 picture book ideas during the 30 days of November. Here are my latest ideas:

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #19: How about a story of an ingenious turkey who comes up with ways to avoid being part of Thanksgiving dinner? I saw this cartoon about a turkey who crocheted a kitty hat to avoid the farmer’s butcher axe. I thought it would make a great idea for a funny kid’s book.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #20:  In A Kitten for Christmas, a young girl tries to show her parents how responsible she can be so they will buy her a kitten for Christmas.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #21: The Candy Store finds a young boy dreaming of what it would be like to own his own candy store.

Picture Book Idea Month – Day 18

It’s Day 18 of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). Coordinated by Tara Lazar, this annual event asks writers to set a goal of coming up with 30 picture book ideas during the 30 days of November.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #18: This might not be the best idea I’ve ever come up with, but how about Happy Valentine’s Day, Not! the story of a little girl who is grossed out by the boy who gives her a valentine at school. Boys have cooties after all. She does everything to avoid the kid the rest of the day, until a bully picks on her and the boy comes to her aid. Maybe he isn’t so yucky after all.

Picture Book Idea Month – Day 17

Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo).  This is the last week before the church’s annual bazaar. I had a meeting this morning. Oh, and while I am typing this, nine screaming girls ranging in age from 6 to 11 are two doors down for the Lil Princess’ sleepover birthday party.  While the mind has been willing, the eyes and fingers have been weary. PiBoIdMo is coordinated by Tara Lazar, this annual event asks writers to set a goal of coming up with 30 picture book ideas during the 30 days of November.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #15: Easter Bunny Socks is a silly story about the year the Easter Bunny decides to deliver multi-colored socks instead of treat-filled eggs. He can’t hack the pressure from people wanting him to deliver healthy snacks instead of chocolate eggs, so he takes up knitting with odd results.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #16: Flag Day Fiasco, the school’s flag goes missing on Flag Day. The kids need to find it before the annual Flag Day celebration.

PICTURE BOOK IDEA #17: I Want to Be A Mattress Tester is the story of one little girl’s desire to test mattresses for a living.