and so it begins . . .

Happy November!

A brand new month, and an intriguing challenge. I don’t do many of these, but this one sounds like too much fun to pass up: Picture Book Idea Month, organized by Tara Lazar at Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)!

For the month of November, I will have to jot down one new picture book story idea each day. I decided this would be the perfect birthday gift to myself. I’m going to "flavor" my list by trying to think of as many food-related ideas as I can. Makes sense, right?

At last check, there are about 180 people already signed up. If you’d like to join us, there’s still lots of time — sign up deadline is not until November 7th. Tara has arranged for all kinds of cool prizes too — critiques, original artwork, books, jewelry, and feedback from literary agents. Guest posts by published authors and illustrators will offer lots of inspiration. Click here for all the details.

Now, a good challenge calls for extra chocolate — a major food group that has been scientifically proven to inspire the best ideas. Let’s start with these:


Okay, I’m all set. I’ve got my official badge, and will keep you updated of my progress as the month goes on.

Fellow PB fans: Ready, Set, Go!

And those of you doing NaNoWriMo, good luck!

Everyone, have a great week!

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