Monday, February 7, 2011

Still Running...








Huff, huff, huff. Puff, puff, puff. Still running. Still reaching for the goal. GASP. WHEEZE. *cough cough*

It's hard to find time for this marathon on top of other writing responsibilities, plus homeschool, family time, cleaning, cooking, and assorted emergencies that pop up. Taking Christopher to the hospital is number one, of course. I can lug my laptop and write/check email in the hospital. But I do my best writing in Christopher's bedroom. I just love to write in there. With him yakking away, or drawing, or playing a game. It is the music that I listen to while writing. :-)

But I'm on schedule. So far so good. I have realized one thing since this marathon began. That it IS possible to do. Writing a picture book draft every day. I have not come to the bottom of the barrel of my picture book ideas. There are infinite possibilities. And so far I have written boy picture books. I have some ideas for girl picture books, too.

On the first day, I was tightening as I went. Which is how I usually write picture books. But I soon realized that wouldn't work. I needed to make better use of my time. But I still have to think about the 32 pages and only half will need text. So I'm writing picture book drafts that are under 500 words. I am going to wait and do the dummies after the marathon is over. No matter how much it is killing me to do some now. *resists urge*

My mantra: I can write a picture book every day this month. I think I can, I think I can. :)

25 comments:

  1. Oh that's cool. I love that you do your best writing in your son's room :) The music you listen to- yeah, I understand that one :)

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  2. I admire your work ethic Robyn, keep the faith..I know you can do it:)

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  3. Awesome! Hang in there. Hugs to your son. HOpe he feels better. :O)

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  4. You are such an inspiration!!
    Prayers for Christopher. You are an amazing mom.

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  5. Yay! Don't forget to rest between races.

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  6. "But I do my best writing in Christopher's bedroom. I just love to write in there. With him yakking away, or drawing, or playing a game. It is the music that I listen to while writing. :-)"

    You are such a great mama! :-)

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  7. Go, Robyn, go! Wishing you all the best as you race toward your goal.

    And I envy you ability to write with a child nearby chattering away. I'd have so many more hours to write if I didn't need quiet.

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  8. Hi Robyn, thank you for the lovely comment on my blog and the cyber hugs. I can't even imagine having to write a book a day, even if it is a picture book. Wow! I believe that sometimes we have so much on our plate that we need to step back and regroup. But never stop writing! It looks like it is your passion as much as it is mine. May God give you the strength to continue running. I pray you win the race. All my love to you & Christopher.

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  9. Well Dearie, I have learned something, you are good at.... multi-tasking;writing;mothering;friendship;teaching;creative writing; or caring for hearth and home. You have determination and a flair for life, you will get it done, because that is the way you are. Jumping in with both feet is your specialty!

    It is great fun to stand back and watch you. Go Robyn;go Robyn; go Robyn!!!

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  10. It sounds like you have a lot going on, Robyn! Good luck with them all, I know you are a strong woman so I have faith that you can triumph over the marathon AND put out a picture book a month.

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  11. Love that you write in your son's room. And also love that you are working towards this goal! You might think you can, but I know you can!

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  12. Go, girl! I can see you reaching in that barrel of ideas and typing away. (I think there may be a book somewhere in that stunning comment you made about where your music comes from...)

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  13. Hi Robyn...you can do it. I know that you are one determined lady. So your goal is very near.

    Hope your family is fine.

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  14. With focus and organization of our time we can do the things we really want to--yes, you can do it.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  15. I know you can! I know you can! I know you can!

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  16. Yes, you can! Keep plugging away my cool amigo friend! :o)

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  17. I am sooo proud of you! I know how tough it must be to juggle everything, and you're still finding time to do what's important to you. And I love that Christopher's room is a good place to write. :)

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  18. Way to stay focused, Robyn!! A PB a day--that's awesome.

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  19. Hey Robyn, you're the winner over at Tuesdays Tunes at Write With Pictures. Here is the winning announcement: http://writewithpictures.blogspot.com/2011/02/tuesdays-tunes-what-would-be-hit-song.html

    Congrats my friend! I loved it :)

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