Monday, August 21, 2017

Smart Dummies Critique Groups!

This year things will be a bit different for critique groups. If you want to join a critique group please click the link below and fill out a quick survey. Deadline to complete this survey is September 3rd. After that you will have to find your own critique partners.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YRCD6RS

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Joining a critique group is not required to win Smart Dummies. A critique group, however, will help you achieve this goal. You can find your own critique groups if you'd like instead. You can also use this to add people to your established critique group. Sarah LuAnn Perkins (http://www.sarahluann.com) and I (Dani Duck) will be putting you into critique groups. If you have any questions please let us know! You can also post questions on the Facebook Group if you think the information will benefit everyone!

Below is a guide for critique group etiquette. The guide and the bulk of the survey above was created by Leila A. Nabih. (So be sure to thank her below!) You can check out Leila's website here: https://leilanabih.com/

Critique Group Guide

• Introduce yourself ( name, country or city, writing style, illustration level, age of preferred
target audience, published or unpublished and anything else you think of
value).

• Explain what you hope to achieve with the Smart Dummies Challenge.

• What is your manuscript about ?( Synopsis in 50 words or less)

• Assign an admin for the group: That is someone that will make sure everyone gets
to submit their work in equal number or turns, someone that will be reminding
everyone to post their critiques, and that will make sure everyone remains polite
and constructive throughout the process. It’s usually best if someone volunteers to
take on this extra responsibility. Otherwise, we would recommend that this “facilitator”
person be someone with previous critique group experience.

• Critique Schedule: When you will critique? (everyday so that everyone can get a turn
more often, twice a week, only on the weekends…)

• What you will critique? ( writing or illustration or both)

• How you will share your work? ( in the group as attachments or files or photographs,
or by email , or any other means… )

Remember:

• A good critique is constructive.

• Be sensitive towards other people’s work.

• The purpose of joining a critique group is to receive not only praise, but also feedback
that will make your work greater than it already is.

• Different perspectives from different people is usually a good way for you to find
out what would represent you and what wouldn’t, whilst challenging you to keep
an open mind about other possible alternatives you might not have thought about.
You don’t have to take everyone’s opinion on board, just listen to what is being
said, and say thank you.

• If you feel like you cannot offer any constructive critique elements, then don’t.

• If someone is being rude or mean or a bully, warn them once, then if they pursue
with their behaviour, remove them from the group ( that would also be the admin’s
responsibility).

• You can leave the group if you don’t feel like you are a match with the other members.

This is an experience that is supposed to be instructive and fun.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Couple Brief Announcements

Just a few things today:


I'll put up a post tomorrow or Monday about critique groups. There will be a survey to help you find the best critique group for you! I just need to iron out a couple of details.


Prize update!

Elizabeth Rose Stanton will be giving copies of Henny and Peddles, one each, signed (and will throw in a copy of Bub, too, if the winner is willing to wait until January).

Ben Clanton  - blank book from barebooks.com and copy of Narwhal

Mira Reisberg will be giving out a free Photoshop course and a separate prize of a Hero's Art Journey course!



I'm going to check my email again this weekend to see if there are any missing prizes. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Registration for Smart Dummies 2017 IS OPEN!

I opened up registration yesterday for Smart Dummies 2017 and just remembered to create a post!
Follow the link below if you want to sign up for Smart Dummies 2017. Replying to this post will NOT register you for Smart Dummies:

https://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/p/smart-dummies-2017-registration.html

There will be a few changes this year for Smart Dummies:

1. Smart Dummies is not limited to Picture Book Dummies this year. Anyone creating a dummy for any kidlit is welcome to join. This includes anything (Board Books-YA). The rules are still 24 pages, so if your book isn't long enough then you'll need more than one!

2. I will no longer be randomly putting people in critique groups. This year we are going to try a survey. I'm thinking up questions for it now so it will be posted in a few days.

3. Depending on what happens it may be required to send in your dummies to win (or win certain prizes). This is not guaranteed. We'll see what happens!

4. I've changed the Rafflecopter giveaway this year! I don't know if Amazon is the best person to send business to, so I'm going to open it up to other booksellers/art supply places (winner's choice). You are welcome to choose Amazon if you'd like. Because I've gotten such great help from people donating to Smart Dummies I'm going to use that money in the Rafflecopter this year and up it to $30!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Keep coming back for more updates!


Smart Dummies Extra Links:

Smart Dummies Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/548159692008535/

FAQs: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/p/smart-dummies.html

Monday, August 7, 2017

Smart Dummies 2017 Participant Badge!

Here is the Smart Dummies 2017 Participant Badge! If you need any customization done on this please let me know. I know that one size does not always fit all. Also I welcome any suggestions!

Please link this to: https://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Picture Book Summit 2017!

I keep forgetting to put this up. This is the official press release for the Picture Book Summit 2017! There are great guests and a lot to learn. The best part? You can attend in your pajamas!
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LEGENDARY AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR TOMIE dePAOLA HEADLINES PICTURE BOOK SUMMIT 2017 

Beloved Children's Lit Icon Joins Adam Rex, Carole Boston Weatherford Plus Array of Authors, Editors & Agents for Biggest Online Picture Book Writing Conference Ever 


The lineup for the 3rd annual Picture Book Summit online writing conference, set to take place Saturday, October 7, has been announced. Early Bird registration is now open.

Headlining the event is Tomie dePaola, author of Strega Nona and more than 200 additional children's books. The 2011 recipient of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to American children's literature will appear live to provide the opening keynote address.

The live online writing conference, reaching working and aspiring picture book writers across the globe, will feature a full day of keynotes, workshops and panels featuring top authors, editors and agents.

Also providing keynote addresses will be superstar picture book authors Carole Boston Weatherford (multiple Caldecott honoree, author of Freedom in Congo Square, Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom and more than 50 additional books for children) and Adam Rex (New York Times bestsellers Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and School’s First Day of School).

Attendees will also enjoy workshops from author Steve Swinburne (Sea Turtle Scientist and Safe in a Storm), Julie Hedlund (My Love for You is the Sun), Greenburger Associates Literary Agent Brenda Bowen and Laura Backes, publisher and founder of Children's Book Insider, the Children's Writing Monthly.

Panel discussions will include a selection of children's publishing's top editors and agents. There will also be networking and submission opportunities for attendees.

The full day's lineup, along with registration information, can be found at http://PictureBookSummit.com

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Picture Book Summit was founded in 2015 as a collaborative project by the founders of Just Write Children's Books, 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, Institute of Children's Literature and Children's Book Insider, the Children's Writing Monthly.

A portion of the proceeds from this year's event will help restock the library shelves of two disadvantaged schools in Oregon and Connecticut.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

(The Somewhat Unofficial) Smart Dummies Prizes!

List of Smart Dummies Prizes. The final list may vary slightly from this. It was pointed out to me that I made a bit of a mistake on my last post. Those listed under "providing prizes" are people who will be donating a prize, but not posting for the event. There are more than just 3 prizes! The final list of prizes will appear on the sign-up page & hopefully in an updated post. Some prizes aren't identified because I forgot to ask about the details -- sorry!

Arree Chung - Book

Sharon Chriscoe - An Autographed Copy of "Race Car Dreams" and Swag

Bryony Supper - Book

Mark Mitchell -  1 Year Subscription to Guest Group Critiques

Teresa Robeson - Scripta Note Book  (Ruled and Blank Pages) and Fiber Castell Pitt Artist Pen

Becky Fyfe A Copy of "Teapot Tales"

Emmeline Forestal - Portfolio Review

Jennifer Adams - Books "My Little Cities London" and "My Little Cities NY"

Ben Clanton  - Prize

Yvonne Mes - Picture Book Critique

Evelyn  B. Christensen Any of Evelyn's Books from the Teachers Pay Teachers Resource Site

Sophia from Rate Your Story - A Free Speed Pass (1 Time Submission)

Chieu Ahn Urban - A Couple of Signed Books

Jennifer Thermes - "Charles Darwin Around the World" book

Leila Nabih An Adaptation of "Little Red Riding Hood"

Susan Eaddy "My Love for you is the Sun", by Julie Hedlund and illustrated by Susan Eaddy and "Poppy’s Best Paper", written by Susan Eaddy and illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet

There may be a few more to come. I will be posting badges in the next couple of days!
















Monday, July 24, 2017

Smart Dummies Update

I thought I'd give a quick post about what I'm up to lately. I haven't been able to post much because I've been so busy with Smart Dummies, illustration commissions, appointments, kiddos and recovering from my car accident. It's time for a little update.

What I've been working on:


Smart Dummies of course. Today I received an email confirming that I have (at least) 30 people for September's Smart Dummies!


What's coming up: 

July 31st I plan to put up the "full" list of Smart Dummies posters and prize list. I say "full" because there may be a few people that come in late or more prizes that show up at a later date.

There will be another $25 USD gift card giveaway next month. It does not have to be Amazon, so feel free to give me suggestions for this.


Where I need help:


Smart Dummies is a free event, but it's not free for me to run and maintain. I don't have a lot of money or time. I hate asking for any money, but I don't want to see Smart Dummies end because of my lack of time or money. If you are able, please buy me a coffee (or three, because you can't drink just one)!


Edit: I'm also accepting commissions, so contact me on my webpage for more information: http://daniduck.com/contact-dani

Friday, July 7, 2017

Safety Star, Sue Irwin, Returns!

I had Sue Irwin first on my blog back in 2015. Sue is doing great things for children, safety and the world of hockey.  Sue's book "Safety Stars" talks about the journey that's happened just so that hockey can be a safe game for everyone. The book features hockey greats like Jacques Plante, Mario Lemieux, and Sidney Crosby and an 11 year old boy on a mission. This is the kind of book I personally want my son to read before he starts hockey, because safety is so important in sports.

Sue is so inspirational and I'm glad she could make it back to my blog. I love everything Sue is doing because she wrote this wonderful book. So now let's talk about all the wonderful things that have happened since 2015!

Here is the link to the last interview if you want to take a look, but first read this interview (so you don't forget)! https://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/search?q=sue+irwin

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Dani: You were nominated for the Silver Birch Non-fiction award with the Forest of Reading. Why is this an important award? How has this changed how you view your own book? 

Sue: From the Blue Spruce (targeting children in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2), right on up to the Evergreen (for adults of any age), the Forest of Reading is “Canada’s largest recreational reading program.” Unlike many other programs, this one gives readers the power to choose the winner. That’s what makes it so meaningful.

The Festival of Trees, the big award ceremonies in Toronto, is a three-day “celebration of reading.” I’d heard that writers and illustrators are treated like “rock stars” at the Festival. And it’s true! One boy told me that he read my book twice. “The first time,” he said, “I thought it was exciting.” I braced myself for what he was going to say next. “The second time, it was even
more exciting.” Whew, what a compliment!

Another nominated author told me about his relative, who as a teen was a “non-reader” – not a reluctant reader, but a non-reader. That was until the kid picked up a book about sports and read it from cover to cover. This individual is now grown up and... get this, he teaches English!

This experience showed me that when the right book (not just Safety Stars, but any book) makes it into the hands of a reader and connects with them, it can lead to great things. It can hook them on reading, and from there, anything is possible. It’s wonderful!


Dani: What's changed for you since I interviewed you back in 2015? 

Sue: Over the last few months, I’ve begun meeting and speaking with kids – along with their parents, teachers, and librarians – in schools and libraries. These visits have become a new favourite part of the job, and this nomination has given me that opportunity. Time spent with children is so much fun and so valuable. Author visits give kids the chance to see that authors and illustrators are real people. And I hope to inspire them to aim high and work hard as they follow their dream. They ask great questions.


Dani: Who do you think is the greatest Safety Star?
Sue: Most of the athletes featured in Safety Stars are famous hockey pros, and you might expect me to name one of them. But I would choose 11-year-old Chase McEachern. He proved that anyone can do something to make a difference in the lives of others. Now, because of his determination and courage, arenas and schools across Canada
are safer. His story is inspiring to people of all ages, and his dream lives on.

Dani: Can you give us a fact about Hockey or Ice Skating safety (or both) that you think is important for everyone to know? 

Sue: When we all respect ourselves and others on the ice, this can help to reduce injuries – and keep the sport fun – for everyone.




Dani: Are there other books you are planning? 

Sue: Yes! I’ve got three on-the-go, all at various stages. I’m just beginning to research one. My editor at Lorimer and I are talking about another. And I’ve just sent out a third. The manuscript received “Honourable Mention” in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ 2013 “Work in Progress” grant for its “creativity and promise,” as well as two 2015 grants from the Ontario Arts Council and another from the Canadian Council for the Arts. Having worked on this project for about ten years, I’m as passionate as ever about the subject, eager to share the story with readers, and hopeful that a publisher will scoop it up.


Dani: What's next for you? 

Sue: A BIG party – when that third book is published. You’ll be invited to the celebration. I promise!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

My Personal Website

A few days ago I started something that I haven't done in a long time: I updated my website. It doesn't seem like that big of deal, but it's something that's pretty important for illustrators.

My website on a PC
Updating my website was more work than I thought. I have a wordpress website and it's a lot of work to make a wordpress blog look like a portfolio website. The moral to this part of the story is that wordpress is evil for website building. Especially when I know what I want!

My website is www.daniduck.com if you want to see more!

I wanted a bit of my artwork at the top. This image will likely change soon, but I wanted something at the top to fill that space until I design something different.

It's really important to have easy navigation on a website from one part of a website to another. It may seem silly to have a "home" button on my landing page, but it's important to have the same navigation on every page. This makes for easier navigation and less distraction when exploring a website.
Website navigation

It seems to be standard practice to have a white background on portfolio websites. (Mine was brown before and I hated it.) White is used so the images become the focus of the webpage. Using other colors in the background can distract from the art. Black can be used as well, however white allows the eyes to have a bit more rest.


One of the hardest things about creating the portfolio is pruning the images. I had more than 18 images in two portfolios before I started. This isn't hideously awful, but I wanted to get rid of most of my older work. I'm now down to 10 images in my portfolio. It's small, but I feel confident with each image in the portfolio. Something I didn't feel before the pruning. Honestly, I hate having so few images in my portfolio, but I think it gives a better feel overall.
 
My website on a Smart Phone
When designing any website it's important for a webpage to look good on all devices. If I were to create a webpage from scratch, then I'd have to design code that will make my webpage look good no matter where it's viewed. When using a template (like I did) one still has to design the website to look good on different devices.

Don't depend on a website builder tool to give  accurate information on how a website will look on  all devices. I know for a fact that mine looks different on my cell phone than GoDaddy (my website builder) says it will look. Make sure the webpage can be viewed properly on a PCs, Tablet and Smart Phones. Check out the website on as many different devices and web browsers as possible (borrow from a friend!). Sometimes a device or web browser won't be compatible with the template that was used. It's impossible to know which device an editor, agent or art director will view my work, so I try to make my website as accessible as possible!
My website on a Tablet.

The reason my name is so small on a PC is because it has to be that small so my full name can be seen on a Smart Phone. I'm sure there is a way to edit each page separately, but I don't think I want to be that picky (plus I hate messing with code. It's boring).

My website is far from perfect, but I feel like I finally have something that looks professional. I welcome any questions or comments on my website. Please let me know if anything looks horribly wrong!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Why I'm a Failure

I totally and completely failed over the past few months. One thing you may have noticed is that I haven't been posting much. I've been completely overwhelmed with everything.

The following is a list of things that I've failed doing:

1. I failed to blog. I've been meaning to do this, but I just haven't had time.

2. I failed to finish my story for the Chapter Book Challenge.

3. I failed to write my March story for the 12x12.

4. I'm way behind in critiquing the April stories from my critique group.

5. I haven't updated my website in forever.

6. All of my personal projects are at a stand still right now.

The list could go on forever, but these are the main problems.

Failure is the first way I tend to look at things when I don't get to complete all the tasks I want to get done. There are reasons I haven't been able to do the above tasks. I'm still experiencing pain/fatigue/sleeplessness from my car accident. My whole family has been sick for over a month. I have an illustration job. I have two kids, one of those kids are under 2 years old (and is refusing naps). I have family and friends I spend time with. I also have to do the laundry and dishes once in a while.

Often I feel like the above things are excuses instead of legitimate reasons for not getting things done. They would be excuses if I was letting them take over my life and not getting anything done. It's important to look at the positives when then negatives seem to outweigh the positives in your life. I don't do this enough, so I'm going to do it now.

Here is the list of things I've accomplished over the last few months:

1. I worked on Smart Dummies (with the Smart Dummies Planning Group) and we came up with some good leads for the event. Also some great ideas to make the event better.

2. I got over 10,000 words written in March for a new story thanks to the Chapter Book Challenge.

3. I wrote a new story in both January and Febuary for the 12x12 and April is not yet over!

4. I feel like I gave the best feedback I could for my critique group January-March. I will be able to do the critiques for April -- just late.

5. I am working on an illustration commission. I feel like I'm not over the biggest hurdle for this and will be able to finish up soon.

6. I have tons of ideas thanks to Storystorm. I may not have times to work on those ideas, but they are written down and will be stored for later.

7. I have a wonderful family. My house isn't clean, but no one died. Having kids that live is relatively important.

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Think about all the things you did since the beginning of the year. How many failures did you have? What was the reasons behind those failures? Write down the things you accomplished and focus on those. Life will get in the way, but you can still get things done.

I had an art teacher who use to say that with art you are always getting better even when you aren't creating. If you stopped creating art for many years you still would be better than you were when you stopped because you bring all your experiences into your work. The same goes for writing. If you can't work, then absorb as much of the world as possible. You can use it later in your craft!



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Are Your Dreams Worth it?

I was at the local McDonalds today chatting with my friend and letting the kid's play. Just as we are about to leave the words "I'm worth it." start blaring on the radio. Something about me and this song don't mix and I happily leave the restaurant without hearing the end.

Even though it's a song I like the words keep repeating in my head. I've been meaning to write a blog post anyway, and I know that the subject of worth often comes up when working in a creative field. I can tell you, without a doubt, you are worth it. I don't even have to know who you are to say this. I could not, however, tell you if your dreams are worth pursuing.

In general I could say that dreams are worth pursuing. When you get more specific by saying: "Is _____ worth it to _____, then the answer is much less clear. For the purposes of this blog I feel as though the question is "Is it worth it to become a Children's Writer or Illustrator." The answer to this is an undeniable yes and no.

Let's be specific by answering some questions Would the journey be worth it if:

I never get a book published?
It makes me hate my work?
I never become famous?
It means my house is a mess?
I never get any work?
It affects my health?
I become estranged from my family?
Someone else raises my kids?
It makes me feel bad about myself?
No one likes my work?

Think of the worst thing that could happen. Could you live with this?

The list could go on forever. There is no right or wrong answers, only what is right for you. Think now and see if you could be happy if some or most of these were true.

It takes a special kind of person to be a writer or illustrator. Take moment look at all these scary possible outcomes and tell yourself (out loud) it's worth it to follow the dreams you love.  You are worth it.



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Coffee for Smart Dummies 2017

It's nice to see the words in print even though the actual event is still a ways off! Right now I'm early in the planning stages of the event. I'm hoping to add new features to the event and make the event more accessible to writers. I want to keep the event free to enter, so I could use a bit of help keeping everything going. This is where you come in.

If you have enjoyed being a part of Smart Dummies in the past, please consider buying me a coffee. This is a low cost way to help keep the event going. I spend $25 out of my own pocket for the Amazon gift card each year. I also spend a lot of time planning and hosting this event. I have 2 kids (1 and 6 years old) so it's not always easy to find the time. It's much easier justifying a babysitter (or asking family for help) if I have a bit of money coming in.

I would much rather make money off of my own picture books (or other creations) than off of Smart Dummies. I do, however, want it to continue to run even if I'm not able to physically do the work myself. I will keep the coffee button on my blog, so even if you can't donate now, maybe you'll be able to do so in the future!

Please donate a cup of coffee to keep Smart Dummies going!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 30

I hope you all enjoyed participating in Tara Lazar's Storystorm! I also hope you enjoyed my bad ideas this month. How did you do for ideas this month?

Bad Idea 30:

GLITTER BOOK. A book that shoots out glitter every time you turn each page. 

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/

Monday, January 30, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 29

Thanks to Tara Lazar for creating Storystorm!

Bad Idea 29:

A book written by a baby for babies. 

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/

Sunday, January 29, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 28

Thanks to Tara Lazar for creating Storystorm!

Bad Idea 28:

A nonfiction book about making cakes with no ingredients, no pictures and no cakes mentioned throughout.

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/

Saturday, January 28, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 27

Thanks to Tara Lazar for creating Storystorm!

Bad Idea 27:

A book of illegible signatures that may or may not all be mine. 

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/  

Friday, January 27, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 26

Thanks to Tara Lazar for creating Storystorm!

Bad Idea 26:

The League of Assassin Babies. A picture book with extra gore. Because we all know how much kids love gore!

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 25

Thanks to Tara Lazar for creating Storystorm!

Bad Idea 25:

A narcotics counting picture book. 
Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 23 & 24

I can't believe I forgot again! Oh well, two for the price of one. Thanks to Tara Lazar for creating Storystorm!

Bad Idea 23:

A story about cannibalistic dust bunnies. Important: Told from the perspective of the floor. Very Important: The floor is NOT a sentient being.

Bad Idea 24:

Baby gets 5 immunization shots and cries.


Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/  

Monday, January 23, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 22

This post is in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm!

Bad Idea 22: 

A harrowing story about unbridled mediocrity. 

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/

Sunday, January 22, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 21

Almost forgot to make a post in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm today!

Bad Idea 21: 

A story about mermaids that aren't really mermaids, but are really mermaids -- but not! At the end of the book the reader finds out that they are really mermaids, but not really mermaids but are really mermaids -- but probably not (or are they?????)

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/

Saturday, January 21, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 20

Almost forgot to make a post in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm today!

Bad Idea 20: 

A book about a dream within a dream within a book.

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/

Friday, January 20, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 19

This post is in honor of  Corey Rosen Schwartz's s Storystorm post about "Titlestorming". If you read this Corey, know that I am very sorry.

Bad Idea 19: 

Pooppolis

Again, I'm very sorry to Corey and anyone else who reads this. 

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/

(I accidently misnumbered my last post. I've fixed it now. I do know how to count to 30!)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 17 & 18

So I forgot yesterday. I have no idea why, but there it is. Here are two ideas to make up for the loss! I'm still doing Tara Lazar's Storystorm here and at home!

Bad Idea #17:

A sleeping baby (or cat) that must be in one's lap whenever the writer/artist is at the computer. Told from the P.O.V. of the computer. (Not at all autobiographical as I do not have a sleeping baby in my lap right now.) 

Bad Idea #18:

A book about rain. The book shall contain blurry photographs of rain. (Again not autobiographical. It's not raining here.)

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 16

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm

Bad Idea #16:

An educational picture book that explains (in detail) to kids all the ways they can die. With descriptive pictures and flow charts.

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/

Monday, January 16, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 15

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm

Bad Idea #15:

Put pages of paper by my kids at night. Assemble drooled on pages into a book. Title is "Drool Dreams".

Another idea for the series: Coffee & Tea stained pages while I'm writing and illustration. Also tear stained rejection letters. Assembled they will be: "The Life of an Artist".

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/

Sunday, January 15, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 14

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm

Bad Idea #14:

A book where the ending is the beginning, the beginning is somewhere in the middle and the middle is in another book. 

Want help generating good ideas? Check out Storystorm to help you out! https://taralazar.com/

Saturday, January 14, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 13

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm

Bad Idea #13:

A book of lists. No indication to what the lists are about or any breaks to determine where a list begins and ends. It's up to the reader to figure that out for themselves.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 12

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm

Bad Idea #12:

A book with no words or pictures. The audio book will be mimed on CD or Audio Download.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 11

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm

Bad Idea #11:

A novel length biography told entirely through ink hand prints. 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 10

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm

Bad Idea #10:

A recipe book with no recipes. Just a critique of the food television cooks create, even though I've never tasted their food. 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 9

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm! I'm also doing my real idea list privately. I hope my bad ideas give you good ideas. I also hope I show you that Storystorm can be easy & fun!

Bad Idea #9:

The incoherent ramblings of a drunk sailor. Written (and printed) illegibly in longhand.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 8

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm! I'm also doing my real idea list privately. I hope my bad ideas give you good ideas. I also hope I show you that Storystorm can be easy & fun!

Bad Idea #8:

A collection of sentences. All on different subjects and each it's own story. Novel length.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 7

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm! I'm also doing my real idea list privately. I hope my bad ideas give you good ideas. I also hope I show you that Storystorm can be easy & fun!

Bad Idea #7:

Two Words: Mutant Ketchup.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 6

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm! I'm also doing my real idea list privately. I hope my bad ideas give you good ideas. I also hope I show you that Storystorm can be easy & fun!

Bad Idea #6:

A fantasy series completely written with emojis. 😕🐪📯🕃🔆🎮😴😠😎😍😈

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Friday, January 6, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 5

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm! I'm also doing my real idea list privately. I hope my bad ideas give you good ideas. I also hope I show you that Storystorm can be easy & fun!

Bad Idea #5:

A Day in the Life of a Coffee Ground: a Memoir 

Think you can come up with a better idea? You can sign up for Storystorm before January 7th here: https://taralazar.com/2016/12/27/storystorm-2017-registration-is-open/

Thursday, January 5, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 4

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm! I'm also doing my real idea list privately. I hope my bad ideas give you good ideas. I also hope I show you that Storystorm can be easy & fun!

Bad Idea #4:

Sentient wrapping paper that feels pain. A heartwarming Christmas story. (Picture Book)

Think you can come up with a better idea? You can sign up for Storystorm before January 7th here: https://taralazar.com/2016/12/27/storystorm-2017-registration-is-open/

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 3

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm! I'm also doing my real idea list privately. I hope my bad ideas give you good ideas. I also hope I show you that Storystorm can be easy & fun!

Bad Idea #3:

Texas Chainsaw Massacre but for kids. (Teddy bear is the main foe and has a mini-chain saw). Which kids will survive and what will be left of them?


Think you can come up with a better idea? You can sign up for Storystorm before January 7th here: https://taralazar.com/2016/12/27/storystorm-2017-registration-is-open/

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

There is no Such Thing as a Bad Idea: Day 2

Every day this month I will be posting a new bad idea in honor of Tara Lazar's Storystorm! I'm also doing my real idea list privately. I hope my bad ideas give you good ideas. I also hope I show you that Storystorm can be easy & fun!

Bad Idea #2:

Cats vs. Dogs vs. Birds vs. Mice vs. Aliens vs. Unicorns vs. Dinosaurs vs. Ghosts vs. Ice Cream. (Likely a PB.)



Think you can come up with a better idea? You can sign up for Storystorm before January 7th here: https://taralazar.com/2016/12/27/storystorm-2017-registration-is-open/

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Also don't forget that Mira Reisberg from the Children's Book Academy is having a special until tomorrow for her Craft and Business of Writing Picture Books.You can get $70 off if you sign up before January 3rd at Midnight! It's a wonderful program, so you should check it out!   http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/writing-childrens-picture-books.html The course starts January 9th