12 x 12 Blog Party: Halfway There!

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Congratulations to all of you who have made it to the halfway point in the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge. I know I'm proud of myself, so you should be too.

Some months were easier than others, and I wish I had the time to really polish each manuscript each month rather than just squeak out a first draft in most cases. But it's an accomplishment.

Last year at this time I had just one finished draft under my belt that I had been working on for the previous two years. This year I have 3 polished manuscripts, at least 2 other revised manuscripts and a handful of first drafts too. Then there's last year's idea pool from the PiBoIdMo challenge. I'm not sure I'll feel like a 'real' writer even when that first book gets published, but I no longer sit down to write feeling like a complete imposter.

If you're doing the challenge, congratulations. And keep on going. More stories are waiting.

And away they go!

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It was finally time to send these little monsters off into the world. I submitted my first dummy this week. I know it's the first of many. It'll be hard to switch gears and get those next projects in motion. I had to take a little moment here to celebrate their departure. I've put three years of love and time into this, and I am proud of finishing a task that seemed to insurmountable at times. Is this the end of the road for them? Of course not. I'm well versed in rewriting, resketching, and repainting by now. But it's a big step.

Other things are going on too. I'm waiting on a manuscript for an ed book to illustrate. That'll eat up much of the summer. I'll be taking a fun road trip up to Portland, Maine next week to see The Sketchbook Project. I'll keep writing for the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge - I'll be halfway there once I get through the kinks in June's first draft. I'll be starting a new dummy. I'm not sure which one to switch to next. I think it'll be a little novelty board book that I wrote at the very beginning of the year. Not that I think it'll be ANY less challenging than my picture book dummy, but a very different feel to it.

So farewell my little monsters. I hope the world is kind to you.