Either somewhere in the recesses of my brain I don’t feel like I’m doing enough, or my creative brain is like a dog that doesn’t know when to stop eating. In nothing succeeds like success I guess nothing exceeds like excess.
First on the block, Picture Book Idea Month, or PiBoIdMo. A relative newcomer to the month-o-November writing parties like NaNoWriMo, PiBoIdMo is perhaps both simpler and more diabolical in its modesty: one picture book idea a day for an entire month. Not a finished text, maybe nothing more than a character or a title. How hard can that be?
Having spent the last three years dedicating myself to a new haiku a day during National Poetry Month I know that some days the ol’ idea factory can run as dry as a mouthful of sawdust in the desert. But the goal is to keep the ideas flowing and maybe inspire myself to write some shorter book (shorter than novels) as a way of breaking up the huge chunks on year dedicated to single projects.
PiBoIdMo is an odd duck though in that it doesn’t ask for a daily log or public declaration. There’s an honor code involved, and I get the feeling that people probably wouldn’t want to publicly toss around good (no, great) ideas for easy poaching. But, but, but… sometimes you get an idea so odd, or funny, or simply perfect in some other ways that you just want to shout it to the world. Guess I’ll just need to keep it buttoned up until the end when there’s a possibility to share my brilliance in exchange for fabulous prizes.
Or I could just write the books and get them published. That would be the thing to do, yes?
Next is a collaborative blog that is something a little more… visual. Earlier this year I reconnected with my friend Lynell, a surviving friendship from high school days, and over the course of months have come to a point where we both felt like we needed another outlet for our non-writing creative sides. Ideas were tossed around and back in July (really? four months ago?) we talked about collaborative space. It isn’t fully refined and defined, it’s still very much in the toddling stages of development, but last week we starting tossing things out there and people have already started noticing it.
I’ve taken to calling it a “soft opening,” a term used in other areas to indicate when an enterprise opens for business before it’s official Grand Opening. I doubt we’ll ever have an official Grand Opening, so no sense waiting for a formal announcement: go visit the vestibulum for visual diversions and other inspirations. Comments and followers greatly appreciated.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a picture book idea to conceive before knucklng down with some YA boys.