12×12 Update, Youth Tube, Awards and Goals Met!

No book review today because I have some things to catch up on 🙂

First – If you missed my July newspaper column I posted about yesterday (I usually don’t post on Sunday, but the column was published yesterday), please check it out HERE! It is a great double interview with Heidi Rader (author) and Holly Smith (illustrator) of the award-winning book “Moon Over Bioko.”

Secondly – I wanted to report on how this month’s 12×12 challenge went. For those of you who don’t know, I am trying to do Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge. It is a challenge to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months in 2012. You can click on the 12×12 banner on the right side bar or the one above to learn more about it.

If you missed my 12×12 halfway there party check out the post HERE. Update for June – When I looked at the outline I wrote last month for my friendly tornado PB, I didn’t really like it so much, so I went back and rewrote the whole outline and I also started writing it. I didn’t get as far as I wanted, but I am happier with the story now, so I am happy with what I got done 🙂

Thirdly – I wanted to tell you about a new feature on Youth Tube. Youth Tube is a site for kids to “share their art, videos, stories, reviews, songs, feature books and a whole lot more. Youth Tube’s goal is to encourage “early literacy and children’s creativity.” Dr. Niamh Clune and the team at On the Plum Tree created Youth Tube as a safe place for kids to show their creative work. The awesome people at Youth Tube have a new site up called “Youth Tube Books and Art” and I am very excited that I get to be a contributor on the site!! 😀 Please check out my first review on the site (click HERE). If you know any kids that want to send art or reviews in to be published on Youth Tube, please have them visit the site!

Fourthly – I AM VERY HAPPY TO SAY I FINALLY FINISHED 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA! This was one of my New Years Resolutions too 😉 I wanted to read the unabridged version of 20,000 Leagues instead of the kid version. It was a challenge for me, but I did it! I actually really liked the story even though it took me close to a year to read the whole thing! The reading level was difficult for me, but I also think I learned a lot by reading the unabridged version. Check out my “What I am reading now” on my side bar, 20,000 Leagues has been replaced with “The 3 Musketeers” (abridged version 😉 )!

Fifthly – I was awarded the “Inspirational Blog Award”  by Kristi Bernard of The Neophyte Writer blog!

Taken from Ms. Bernard’s blog – “Kristi Bernard is the writer, editor and founder of The Neophyte Writer. This blog is information for writers and their journey. It’s a place where writers can learn and develop their skills. It features author interviews, book reviews, and trends in the world of writing.”

Thank you so much Ms. Bernard! I really appreciate it  🙂 Please check out Ms. Bernard’s blog HERE!

The Inspiring Blog Award is given to people who inspire you. The people who inspire me are found on my right side-bar under “Places I like to Visit” and everyone who visits my blog and encourages me! I pass this award on to all of you! YOU INSPIRE ME 🙂

That’s all my updates for today 🙂 Happy Monday!!



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26 replies

  1. Continue with the great progress you’re making with 12×12. Sounds like a step by step movement in making some great drafts happen.

    And good on you for reading the unabridged version of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. That book would be a challenge for a whole lot of people. You accepted the challenge, took your time and finished it. Often, it’s reading this kind of book that can really help expand your vocabulary, except in a fun way through reading 🙂

  2. Awesome, Erik. And well done on reading Jules Verne. You’ll have to read the french version next 😉 just kidding! I’ve got it if you want it.

  3. Congratulations Erik for publishing on two other forums. Great job. Loved the Youth Tube review. Never tackeled Jules Verne’s book. Good for you!

  4. Wow, good for you, Erik, on ALL those things! I find reading unabridged classics difficult — the vocabulary is so much different than what we’re used to. Maybe I’ll try 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, just to see if I can do it! Yay YOU!

  5. All awesome goals and achievements, Erik. Well done for reading 20,000 leagues under the sea.

  6. Wow. What a great post, Erik! Thanks for the all the info, and congrats on winning The Inspirational Award! I add my congrats to others for your reading of the unabridged TTLUS! Way to go!

  7. You’ve been busy! I have to catch up on all your posts from the last two weeks. Awesome about 20,000 Leagues. I really liked it, too. I have the Three Musketeers on my summer reading list, but I might not get to it right away. The unabridged version. Shall we race again? 😉

  8. Congratulations on finishing 20,000 Leagues. It is good to stretch yourself. Thanks for mentioning Youth Tube as well Erik. You have been very busy. Make sure you enjoy the summer!

  9. Congrats all around. Great job with your 12×12 writing, and finishing 20,00 Leagues. Your blog is very inspiring, so your award is well deserved. Keep on shining on. 🙂

  10. Erik, I am always saying it, but .. I am proud of you! You excel in many things, and that is wonderful. I’m glad you love to read. The biggie for me is War and Peace – definitely not a kid’s book, and I dare to say most adults haven’t read it and aren’t even interested in doing so. I chose it because it’s a classic and I want to be able to say I read it. I’m half way through, had to take a pause, but trying to start it again. I’m actually liking it, but I haven’t yet read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or The Three Musketeers yet (although I’ve seen the movies). Perhaps I should add them to my TBR list.
    Thanks for your great reviews and informative posts, Erik. And congrats on yet another blog award. Yay! for you! 🙂

    • Thank you for all the nice compliments Ms. Davidson! 😀 I hope you try (and like) 20,000 Leagues and The 3 Musketeers! I have not heard of War and Peace. Maybe I’ll read it when I get older!

      • I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you do read War and Peace when you get older. 🙂
        It was written by a Russian author, Leo Tolstoy; I’m reading the English translation published in 2010. There is quite a story behind his writing it – besides the fact that it took him from 1863 to 1869 from start to finish, and his wife rewrote much of it into readable copies for him seven times! The story itself is 1212 pages long, plus we now have the Epilogue which is almost 100 pages and the Appendix and 40 pages of Explanatory Notes which help explain many things as you go along. I enjoy historical fiction, which this is partly, but the nearly 600 characters he wrote about make for a challenge to keep it all straight.
        I believe you will enjoy it, Erik, when you decide its time to take it on. 🙂

      • Wow. That is a long book. I will take it on! (in a couple of years…) 😉

  11. Congratulations on finishing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!! Great work!

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