Monday, May 2, 2011

NaPiBoWriWee and What Else I'm Up To

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.

20 comments:

  1. Sounds like a positive story. All the best for your writing week ahead. See you over at Paula's place :)

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  2. Sounds like a story with a wonderful message and I'd be honoured to read it. Good luck with the others!

    Ellie Garratt

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  3. I'm so glad you finally got the chance to get it down on paper, Robyn! I can't wait to read it at B & N. :-)

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  4. I love that idea for a picture book and your son sounds like an awesome kid. The message is such a great one too. Good luck with the challenge and preparing that book for publication :-)

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  5. It seems like there's a few of us writing true stories at the moment. I didn't know that about your son. It will be very therapeutic to write it all out. Good luck and agree on your last point yay!

    My parents are arriving from UK tonight so uber excited. I could still have done the picture book week but really into my current WIP at the moment, so giving it a miss. there's always next year. Enjoy!

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  6. I will be very excited to read your book about Christopher!

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  7. Wow, how inspiring! Wishing you much favour and blessing.

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  8. It sounds like you're going to be busy.
    I'm looking forward to reading what you come up with. Have a great week my friend.

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  9. Looking forward to reading it!

    All the best!

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  10. A PB a week sounds like a great creative challenge for May. Best of luck.

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  11. I think that's an excellent idea. Still, I hate it for him. And trips to the hospital all the time, yuck!

    Teachers love books like this because there are so many children out there with differences that make them feel on the outside of things.

    Good luck with it!

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  12. I want to read it! More stories about our children need to be told. Maybe they would help educate the public. ♥

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  13. Writing this story about Christoper will be very special to you and him. I would love to read it.
    Best of luck.
    Smiles.

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  14. I'm so glad you wrote this picture book you've been wanting to write - good luck with it!

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  15. That will a be a great story to share with the world. Enjoy all your new creations this week.

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  16. Wow, that is a large number of picture books! Sounds fun though :)

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  17. You are a busy woman! Good for you:)

    What a touching story that will be about your son! It amazes me the things people will say.

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  18. Hooray for this story!!! I know it will be amazing and must reading for every kid and adult out there :)

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