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PiBoIdMo Is Back!

on October 25, 2013

piboidmo2013-participant-214x131I debated long and hard about whether to do the Picture Book Idea Month challenge again this year. Granted, it is not nearly as all-consuming as the infamous NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), but coming up with thirty picture book ideas is nowhere near as easy as it sounds to the uninitiated. But it is (1) inspiring, (2) a wonderful community, (3) a great impetus, and (4) something I can do for myself.

Inspiring has turned into quite a cliché in my world, but it’s true. Without a challenge now and then, I would not be able to function in creativity land. I see the struggles and triumphs of my fellow writers and it sparks new ideas in my head. My ability to look at ordinary objects and situations and see extraordinary views is re-born.

As in most writing pursuits, I am constantly amazed at the magnificent writers and illustrators I’m surrounded by. Generous to a fault, each and every one willing to share and to help others. I am honored to call many of the challengers my friends and wish them all great success.

Picture books are not my only love, but working on a challenge such as this helps keep the writing bug alive. Right now, I’m working on two other major projects, neither of which is a picture book, but I bore easily. With a daily reminder that I need to come up with something, I think this will move the other projects along too.

Very few of the things I do any more are NOT related to my writing, but it seems I neglect my own creativity in favor of my many other pursuits. As Co-Regional Advisor for the MD/DE/WV region of the SCBWI, there are not many days where I don’t have something come up. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. Also, I have a suite of websites under, which post reviews of books by everyone else. Again, loving it. Just not my own writing. So this is an excuse to put my writing at the top of the list, where it should be anyway.

Since the pros outweigh the cons, I will be pulling those ideas to the surface again. Stay tuned for the highlights.

Check out the PiBoIdMo blog at You don’t have to join to read about it. The guest bloggers are a who’s who of picture books.

Tomorrow, I’m off to Virginia to see how the MidAtlantic region runs a conference. The keynote is by Cynthia Lord, author of Rules and Hot Rod Hamster, a fine person and brilliant writer. Can’t wait.

6 responses to “PiBoIdMo Is Back!

  1. ellenramsey says:

    I’m in for PiBoIdMo too–it is an inspiring event. It’s fun to jot down all ideas–the good, the bad, and the ugly. Maybe a few of them combine to be something brilliant!

  2. yangmommy says:

    I can’t wait to learn more about it! 🙂

  3. Tara Lazar says:

    Glad to have you aboard! Good luck with the challenge!

  4. Sue Poduska says:

    Thanks, ladies. And thank YOU, Tara, for continuing PiBoIdMo!

  5. Debra Shumaker says:

    Yay Sue! I was hoping to see you sign up. I’ll look for you at the conference tomorrow!

  6. karadhya says:

    Yeah! So happy you signed up, too. And hope you had fun at the Mid-Atlantic conference!

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