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Turning Ideas into Picture Books.

Posted on: November 27, 2009

As an aspiring picture book writer getting new ideas has never been a challenge for me.

Ideas seem to find me as the strangest of time. For instance, like last night when I was really tired after all the Thanksgiving stuff. You know the cooking, the visiting and the cleaning that most of us regular folk do for the holidays.

About 10 PM, I decided to call it a night. I turned off the TV. I shut off the lights and crawled between the sheets with visions of a deep restful sleep for the next few hours. Then, it happened.

A Brahma bull named Braden danced his way into my brain. I tried to stop him. I really did. I rolled over and pulled the cover over my head. I pinched my eyes closed. I willed myself to think of a peaceful stream flowing by as I lay on a bed of grass.

Alas, he wasn’t about to be put away so fast. I saw his big old eyes peeking around a monstrous China Cabinet, just daring me to ignore him. He crept closer, his tail swiping dangerous close to my face. You can’t ignore me  he said, sitting at the edge of my bed.

His friend Agy dropped by as well.  The little  bee buzzed through the China Shop doing ways more damage than you could ever imagine. Tell my story he seemed to demand.

But I want to sleep. Go away. Come back in the morning, I thought.

However, the two friends seemed to delight in throwing themselves around in my head.

So, guess what? I got up. I pulled out a flashlight so as not to wake others in the household .  . . who unlike me had no nighttime visitors. I found a scrap of paper and a pen.  I captured Braden and Agy down on paper as the twosome waved their good-byes.

Finally, with a sigh, I rolled over. At long last sleep but I should have known better. The fact that Braden and Agy had opened up a corner of my mind allowed other visitors a hole to weasel their way in. Mr. Pendergast, Snook’ems and Sir Knightly all said their say.

Needless to say, an hour later, exhausted but satisfied as a writer, I drifted off in to a restful sleep.

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

Authors and Illustrators:

Authors, Author/Illustrator, Illustrators that I know and/or Like.

Catergories:

C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult

Names:

Bonnie Adamson *

Kathi Appelt *

Tedd Arnold

Avi

Natalie Babbit

Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

Linda Crotta Brennan *

Jan Brett

Janie Bynum *

Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

Nancy Carlson

Beverly Cleary

Kevin Scott Collier

Sharon Creech

Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

Kate DiCamillo

Kathleen Duey *

Dotti Enderle

Jan Fields *

Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

Ellen Jackson *

Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leo Lionni

Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

Robert Munsch

Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Peggy Rathmann

Bethany Roberts

David Shannon

Aaron Shepard

Donna J. Shepherd *

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jerry Spinelli

Diane Stanley

Chris Van Allsburg

Rick Walton *

Lisa Wheeler

Mo Willems

Karma Wilson *

Audrey Woods

Jane Yolen *

Favorite Websites:

http://www.institutechildrenslit.net/

http://www.cbiclubhouse.com/

http://www.scbwi.org/

http://www.underdown.org/

http://www.verlakay.com/

http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com

Favorite Blogs:

• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

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