I'm doing a picture book a day for seven days this first week of May. I wrote the first one yesterday. It was about my son Christopher. Most of you know he was born with a rare brain disorder called Sturge-Weber Syndrome. A port wine birthmark covers his body. Usually it is just on a part of the face and/or head, but Christopher has the more rare form of the disorder. A lot of health issues go along with it, which is why we visit Chapel Hill hospital a lot. Though these days the visits aren't every week. They are every month or two. YAY! He is my miracle and I have wanted to write this story for a long time. So yesterday was the day. It's just a first draft, but it will be the first one I ready for publication. The story centers around the fact that Christopher has ALWAYS wanted to be treated like a normal person by the world outside of his family. That has NEVER been the case. He has ALWAYS been treated differently. People stare. One lady confronted us in the grocery store one day and informed me that she had make-up to cover it up. So he's hoping this picture book will help others to see, he's the same inside as you and me. (I did a little rhyme there.) *wink*
Wish me luck today. This is tons of fun and it isn't just national anymore. Writers from England and Australia are coming along for the ride.
Plus, I'm beta reading a most wonderful middle grade story and I'm hoping to finish it this week.
What are you up to? :-) I hope you have a great week. I'll blog about National Picture Book Writing Week. And whatever else happens to come up. Then next week I'll go back to Monday and Friday blogging. XXXXXOOOOO
I almost forgot to say, CONGRADS to American military and C.I.A. operatives. It HAS been a LONG time coming.