Here I sit, an inch-high Thumbelina on a lily pad, floating downstream. It seems a necessity as an author/ illustrator to establish an online platform, and so I will blog. Feeling as Thumbelina must have, I am anxious as to where this venture will take me, but there are others who have gone before and fared well.

Fellow participants in Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 in 2012: Picture Book Writing Challenge have been very helpful in navigating, and their support is much appreciated.

Together we strive to write 12 rough drafts in 12 months in 2012. Sounds daunting, but the energy flows from knowing I am not alone, and from the surprisingly constant support and good advice. I have written numerous rough drafts in the last 10 weeks, found an critique group, entered a fiction contest, pitch and query contests, and just yesterday I sent off a wordless picture book dummy for a work-in-progress grant contest for illustrators. As the year began I had no idea I could be so productive. And I am loving it!