Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Finding What Works

I think I may have overcommitted myself in the last month.   It was one of those months where I was running around and carrying on like a chicken's porkchop with its head cut off - or something - and nothing much actually got done.    I didn't even get a blog post written.

I had put my name down to take part in two writing challenges - the ongoing 12x12 in 2012 Picture Book Challenge and the Chapter Book Challenge.

Neither of them were finished.

I also had two of my kids' birthdays, one which culminated in a party in a local park with around fifteen or so 6-7 year olds, dressed up as zombies... or plants, based on my now 7 year old's current gaming obsession.   Pictures to come :)

I probably could have achieved more this month had I not come down with a hideous headcold one week and then gastro the next.

In fact I think the only thing I really achieved was realising how much I missed my other writing. I kept the picture book in the back of my mind even though I knew the chances of writing it were slim.    I was trying so hard to get into the chapter book and to get that same feeling of when I'm loving what I write and could...not...quite...get...there.     I'm not going to give up on it as it gives me that feeling of adventure I used to love as a child and I think, if anything, I just need to try and stay in that zone.   But as my heart at the moment (or at least in the last month) hasn't been in writing for the under eighteens,  I'll get back into my adult writing (I'm currently on a chicklit/horror/suspense) and hopefully through that the inspiration for the chapter book will stay with me for a bit longer.


  1. I hope you are feeling all better. I'm still just getting over a chest cold. Man, getting sick sure takes the wind our of your sails! Take care.

    1. Thank you Hannah. I hope you are feeling better too :)

  2. Hi Leighta,
    Just read your interview on Julie Hedlund's blog and zipped over here to visit yours...the link took me to this post and I'm so glad it did! I love the way you describe how picture book writing makes you feel and that, even though you are sometimes (all the times, perhaps) overwhelmed by everything you have to to, you know you need to keep at it. The joy I've felt since joining Julie's 12x12 picture book writing challenge is I am walking around with a smile on my face all day...which I am. :)
    I'm so happy to connect with you...I think we get strength and inspiration from one another. :)

  3. Thank you for finding me Vivian, and I'm glad you were able to relate to my post. Thanks for the connect and I'm loving your parenting blog.