Friday, December 9, 2011

PiBoIdMo Results & Four WINNERS!!

Participating in Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo was a blast, which was no surprise to me. I participated last year and was totally reeled in as a PB writer. I knew I just had to devote some time to crafting these books for the youngest of our readers. But one might think taking Tara's oath to focus intently on PB ideas for the riggers of an entire month sounds tough. To be honest, I thought the same thing last year when I considered signing up. But the total opposite happens.
Prodding my brain to constantly brew new ideas is stimulating! It this case, it not only gave me a ton of new picture book ideas, but my creative flow tightened in the other arenas where I write, too. What I needed to change within my YA novel to make it unique suddenly appeared. The art of writing two new query letters seemed clearer. And the bio and personal page I needed to write for the Mrs. Maine America pageant finally came together.

To top it off, I got to read amazing posts by amazing PB authors and illustrators all month long! And Tara even served icing on the cake: a handy-dandy new WINNERS badge.

Isn't it cute??

Last year, I shared all 33 of my new PB ideas with you. I won't do that here. I went back and read that post and it felt a bit tedious. Instead, I'll share five of those ideas.

But before I do I must announce the four WINNERS of my Book LOVERS Holiday Hop.

White Cat goes to

The Lovely Bones goes to

Fade goes to

Across the Universe goes to

Thank you for participating.
Now, for those ideas.

  1. The Lonely Shrimp (a story about bullying)
  2. Webbie and The Fly (a story about differences and how important it is to be yourself)
  3. Sam & Cam, the Baseball Hams (a story about the life of two baseballs in Little League)
  4. Socks Came From Outer Space (a fun mystery about exploration and where socks really disappear to.)
  5. Mingy and Onk - The Tale of the Disappearing Blob (I'm leaving the plot of this story a mystery to you. But I will tell you that it's based on humor and it's my favorite one!)
I want to thank Tara for once again hosting such an amazing event, as well as all the participants. I've met some amazing picture book authors and even joined a group on rhyming!

If you haven't read my picture book story that was entered in the Meegenuis Publisher's Contest, head over HERE to read it and help me win books for my local elementary school! I have until the 18th to raise my votes, putting me in the top five. Thank you for all your help!


  1. Yeah for another PiBoIdMo winner! Love that you have some clarity on those two query letters. That's so important. What awesome titles. I especially like "The LOnely Shrimp"!

  2. Congrats on demolishing PiBoIdMo! I like the Socks from Outer Space book. I really do need to know where the heck all those missing socks are!

    And I'm not surprised at all that challenging your creativity in one area caused it to develop in other areas as well. What a great idea? I'm not a picture book writer, but I might have to look into the rules for the challenge and see how I might adapt them for use to spark my creativity during dry spells!

  3. I'm so excited to win! Congrats to the other winners. And awesome that PiBoIdMo was so productive for you.

  4. That's a lot of ideas! Congrats! Now are you going to write any of them? :)

  5. Congrats to your winners! I saw you on Laura Pauling's blog and thought I'd check out yours. :) I love your story ideas! All of them . Esepcially the one about the mystery of socks because I gotta tell you, I'd love to solve that one! Now to check out your picture book.

  6. Yes, Laura, I plan on writing at least three of those. I never know when inspiration will hit, though. I take it when I can get it. lol

    So nice to meet you, April. Thank you for checking out my picture book!!

  7. Congratulations to the winners! And Tara's badge is really good.

  8. Fun ideas! Congrats to all those winners, too!

  9. Yay! Congratulations for the winners!

  10. My son definitely needs to read something like #4. His room is a black hole for socks!! :)

    Have a great weekend!

  11. I didn't do PiBo this year, and I missed it. Those are all cute ideas, Sheri. And I'm sooooo jealous of Natalie!! :-)

  12. I have visited here before but thought I would mention first, what a cool blog this is. Congrats on your ideas, and I too love the idea of the lonely shrimp! I also started looking sideways at my other WIP, especially after all those lovely quest posts on Tara's blog.
    Yay for you!

  13. You're doing great, I hope you get even higher in the rankings. :)
    Congrats to the winners!

  14. Hi Sheri :)

    Love your blog :) I'm off to read your book and vote for you right now. I love your book ideas :)
    Great post, Sheri, I didn't realize you were already published!

    Denise of Ingleside, PEI

  15. Love your ideas from PiBoIdMo. Can't wait to see them published! :)

  16. I love the idea of PiBoIdMo! 30 new ideas in one month? Awesome!

  17. Congratulations on winning PiBoIdMo and to the winners of your give away.

    I can't wait until you need a reader. :)

  18. Woo hoo to the winners!

    I love that PiBoldMo badge. Too cute!

    So that's where all the socks go. And here I thought it was the pesky sock gnomes who keep stealing them. :D

  19. Congratulations on completing the challenge! I love how creative so many picture books are, so I'm in awe of you for working on them. As for ideas flowing, I've seen the exact same thing with my own writing. When I push myself, it seems like I would open up my laptop one day to find I've run out of ideas, but it's almost always the opposite. The more I write, the more the ideas come. It's just getting started that's the hard part!

  20. That's awesome, Caryn. Love it when that happens!


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