Often when I am driving to work, or dozing off to sleep at night, an idea, a really amazing idea for a story will hit me like an electric shock. But either, when I get to work and the immediate contact with staff and customers all acquiring my attention, or maybe it’s the lazyness or my sudden knack of falling to sleep at the drop of a pin after an exhausting day, these ideas never see the light of day. Very rarely I may pick up on an idea from before and manage to rescue it to the bits of paper I have on hand, or my computer file, if it happens to be on at the time.
For the past month of November 2011 I have been involved with a wonderful group of people through the PiBoldMo Challenge. What‘s that you ask? Well, it’s to list down 30 picture book story ideas, that’s right, 1 for each day of the month. To be honest, I really didn’t think I would get anywhere near 30 ideas at the end of November. The first 2 weeks really surprised me, I was doing so well. Then the week before last I panicked I was slipping behind, hadn’t thought of an idea for 3 days…Help! So I asked my lovely new staff at my office. Boy! Did that cause a laugh for the rest of the afternoon as they all took turns coming up with ideas and then some. Anyway come the weekend, and a visit to a wine and food festival and a country fair, soon had me on track again along with some unexpected ideas from unexpected places. So Yay! I have finally made it…. Whew! And just in the nick of time I might add.
But it’s not just the ideas that I have accumulated, it’s the new friends, the amazing blogs I have come across, the talent, wisdom and wealth of information that I have gained thanks to Tara’s blog posts, where regular quest interviews appear. A more visual person I would often spend hours into the night reading these posts, and print them out for my folder, which is very healthy, thankyou. I loved that I would sometimes wander off to someone else’s blog and learn so much, the varying aspects of the world of writing, the journeys, the how tos, the whys, the dos and don’ts, and everything in between. The encouragement, the incentives and knowing that no question is too small nor is it ignored. I have found I am not alone, in my thoughts, in my progress and where I am at, I am hugely grateful to Tara and the PiBoldMo month of November. It was the best, and I look forward to doing it again, next year. For now, I can proudly say …. I am a WINNER!
Thankyou Tara, Thankyou PiBoldMo.