12X12 Update!

1 Sep


I am trying to do Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge again this year. It is a challenge to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months in 2013. You can click on the 12×12 banner on the right side bar or the one above to learn more about it.

How did I do in August?

I got an ENTIRE draft done and edited it! WOO! I worked on a picture book idea I had during Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo last year. It is based on a true story called Don’t Hug a Cactus (let’s just say the “true” part involves my Dad and the Arizona desert 😉 ).

I took Susanna Leonard Hill’s Making Picture Book Magic course in August and I know that is what helped me write a whole book this month. I learned a lot in the class and I found out a lot of why it’s been really hard for me to keep my word count down when trying to write a PB.

The 12×12 challenge is a great challenge. It kind of makes me try to be a better writer. I just try to keep my goals to what I think I can do. Next month I hope to write another draft (maybe try to edit it). If you are doing 12×12 – good luck in September! If you are not, you should join next year! 😀

27 Responses to “12X12 Update!”

  1. Romelle Broas September 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Don’t Hug a Cactus. I LOVE that title. Sounds like the makings of a great picture book. Congratulations on completing your draft for the month! I admire you for taking Susanna’s class. I have been contemplating taking it. From the sounds of it, it sounds worthwhile.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Broas! 🙂 I won the class as a prize for Ms. Hill’s Can’t Sleep Without Sheep video contest. I really enjoyed taking it and I think it helped me figure out how to write better. I liked it so much, I wish I could take it again! 🙂


  2. Beth Stilborn September 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Woohoo! Good for you! And how great that you took Susanna’s class. Your story sounds like it’ll be great!


  3. Darlene September 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Congratulations on completing an entire draft. Not easy, especially in the busy summer.


  4. Paul R. Hewlett September 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Great job Erik! Picture books are tough! Keep up the good work.

    Paul R. Hewlett


  5. Genevieve Petrillo September 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Good job, buddy! Mom studied in that writing class, too. It does make life easier….

    Love and licks,


  6. Patricia Tilton September 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    I wish I had your energy, Erik! Great job. Looking forward to reading your new book.


  7. Catherine Johnson September 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I think it’s amazing you got a draft done with all your work for your book on top of that. You rock, Erik! And a cactus story sounds fun.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 4, 2013 at 6:54 am #

      Ms. HIll’s class really helped me with the draft. I don’t think I would have gotten it done if I didn’t take it. 🙂


  8. julie rowan zoch September 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    To all the comment readers out there: Erik has been an awesome classmate!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 4, 2013 at 6:57 am #

      Thanks Mrs. Zoch! 😀 It was fun to be in class with you! I learned a lot! I am trying to think on a great pun right now but I can’t… maybe tomorrow… 😉


  9. Michelle Isenhoff September 3, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Having goals like this (and sticking to them) will make your writing better and better, not to mention additional instruction like Suzanna’s writing course. Way to go, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 4, 2013 at 6:59 am #

      Yeah, sometimes it is hard to stick to my goals. I have to try to remember not to try to do too much. Ms. Hill’s class was a good thing to keep me going. It really helped with writing the PB draft. 🙂


  10. Kirsten Larson September 3, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Erik, I am so envious that you were able to take Susanna’s class. She’s critiqued a manuscript of mine before, and from that experience, I am sure she is a fabulous instructor. Big congrats to you for finishing a draft!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 4, 2013 at 7:04 am #

      The class was great Ms. Larson! I won it for winning Ms. Hill’s Can’t Sleep Without Sheep video contest. It was a lot of work, but I really learned what I was doing wrong when trying to write PB drafts. Thank you Ms. Larson!


  11. laurimeyers September 4, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Sounds like a SHARP book. I can’t wait to PRICK it up at a store one day. The POINT I’m trying to make is good job on 12×12!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 5, 2013 at 7:11 am #

      Why thank’ee, good fair maiden who liketh to say niceth things about my blog and my achievements! 😉 (I like to talk/type in the Olde English 😎 )


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