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The PARTY is Here and There…and EVERYWHERE!

December 12, 2012

I LOVE virtual parties…I can attend barefoot, in my pajamas, scratch when and wherever I need too, not have to shave or smell nice, and celebrate in my own crazy way. But STILL enjoy everyone’s joy, and share my own.


Inspired by this wonderful community of writers (…I wonder how many posters this year posted in their pajamas?) and Julie Hedlund’s crazy determined encouraging leadership, I got up and got busy (at least once a month) to grab an idea circling about my head and turn it into a picture book draft (but without run-on sentences like this one).

WOO-HOO, that is reason to party!

And this celebration is everywhere! There are authors and writers from way Down Under to up in the U.K., from South Korea to South Crossett, Arkansas, USA (that’s here.)
I wonder…does anyone at our party know of an app or site or anyway we could put little push-pins on all the participants’ geographic locations?
A kind of “Pin-The-Idea-On-the-Author” game…just what our party needs!

This link will get you to the announcement blog!


I can’t wait to revisit, revise, revamp and rejuvenate these ideas. Some are good, some are lame, but they are all ideas worth working on. And if any of them ever get published, I’m gonna insist on credit somewhere in the end pages declaring…
“This was a 12 x 12 in 2012 PB Draft book!”

If you want to have this much fun, spread out over the whole year…if you want to get ideas and expertise from published authors, pre-published authors, beginning writers and all kinds of illustrators–many who might become life-long virtual friends–then look into the 12×12 in 2013 challenge.  I plan to join, at some level.

Having enjoyed the 2012 year for free, but realizing what an awesome effort is involved, I understand the need to commit more than just comments to this awesome experience.  At any level it’s worth every penny, and the eventual returns are worth twelve times and more than my upfront commitment will be.

Best advice ever? Do whatever it takes to keep writing.

You can’t be a writer unless you write.  Now…where’s that punchbowl?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2012 4:31 pm

    First-your little dog face icon is adorable! I’m a brand new blogger, so when I see your archives back to the beginning of the year, I am impressed. Glad to meet you through the 12×12 linky list!

    • December 12, 2012 5:12 pm

      Wendy, thanks! That is Daisy (the subject of so many of my stories.) Glad to meet you in the blogging world through the 12×12 connection!

  2. Carrie Finison permalink
    December 12, 2012 7:26 pm

    Got any more punch? I’d love some more! Congrats on completing 12 drafts!

  3. December 12, 2012 8:54 pm

    Yes, isn’t it amazing that we can all get together and enjoy this virtual party? The push pin idea is good. i just don’t know of a program like it.

  4. December 12, 2012 10:16 pm

    That push -pin idea is a good idea. Congrats to you on your 12 drafts. Have fun celebrating 🙂

  5. December 12, 2012 10:52 pm

    Ditto to what Jennifer said. Hello from Oregon. Here’s to (lucky!) 2013.

  6. December 12, 2012 11:56 pm

    I, too, like your geographical push pin idea! Congratulations on all your accomplishments!

  7. December 13, 2012 8:59 am

    What a nice tribute to 12 x 12 in 2012, its members and Julie. I’m amazed that this party is reaching around the globe. Here’s to 12 x 12 in 2013.

  8. Joanna permalink
    December 13, 2012 9:57 am

    I do love how you emphasize the commitment it’s worth to be part of 12×12 in 2013. I DO agree. Yay for your accomplishments in 2012!

  9. December 13, 2012 11:35 am

    Congrats to you! I’m liking that push-pin idea, and the punchbowl! I’m in for 2013 too – can’t imagine life without it at this point!

  10. December 13, 2012 12:02 pm

    Congratulations on your accomplishments for 2012! Love the pushpin idea — maybe it can be incorporated into the forum for next year? Here’s to a new year filled with writing and learning and supporting each other!

  11. December 13, 2012 5:31 pm

    Cheers! Congrats on 12×12! I like the push pin idea too. I wonder if Google Maps has something like that?

  12. December 13, 2012 6:15 pm

    Damon, not only did you complete 12 drafts but you also wrote an app proposal for one of them! I, too, love the global nature of this group. I thought about making a map with everywhere we come from, but I didn’t ask for that info up front, so it was kind of hard to do ex post facto. However, I’ll ask as we all sign up for 2013 so we can have our own 12 x 12 map. I’m going to guess that wherever one of us might travel, there will be another of us there!

    Thank you for all of your support and kindness this year. I have enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to more of the same in 2013!

  13. December 14, 2012 6:39 am

    Congrats on your 12 x 12 manuscripts! I am not in my pajamas right now but that is only because I had to take my kids to school this morning. If it were Saturday, I’d still be in my pajamas as I write and post. 🙂

    And I just got another picture book idea while commenting here, so I’m off to go write up a new story!

  14. December 15, 2012 7:08 pm

    Susanna did some kind of pushpin thing for Phyllis’s World tour earlier in the year. I think she used Google Maps? That would be really cool, since we are such an international group. Congrats on all your 2012 successes!

  15. December 15, 2012 9:25 pm

    I want a tshirt that says “revisit, revise, revamp and rejuvenate!”

  16. December 17, 2012 8:21 pm

    Celebrating with you all the way from Georgia (and yeah, I’m in my pj’s) 😉 And good luck with the revising, etc. (Been there, STILL doing that).

    • December 20, 2012 1:34 pm

      Cathy, we’ll be doing that revising thing for-EVER on something or the other. It’s a (writer’s) wonderful life!

  17. December 19, 2012 9:03 pm

    Here’s to PJ’s, Pushpins and Putting ‘this was a 12×12 in 2012 pb draft’ in the back of every one of our drafts from this past year that gets Published. 🙂
    Congrats on completing 12 x12…it’s definitely an amazing global phenomenon!!!

    • December 20, 2012 1:33 pm

      Thanks Viv! I have enjoyed this challenge so much! Thanks to you and all fellow encouragers!

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