My fellow members of the 12x12 in 2012 challenge (the goal is to write 12 picture books in 12 months in 2012) are checking in and joining the rollicking half-way point blog party. I'm crashing this party, because I haven't completed my six manuscripts. I'm over half way through the half way goal, so that counts for something, right?
Here are some excuses. The past six months, I've been busy:
- Doing other creative work (illustrations for the picture book I've been working on for ages, monthly comics for AltDaily.com, and paintings for two art shows);
- Doing paid work (a commission or two, including an infographic on oil prices);
- Volunteering (organizing a used book sale and reading kids books at a homeless shelter each month)
- Parenting (and housekeeping, yard work, etc.);
- Blogging; and
- OK, having fun (women's surf camp, some travel, catching up on Season 1 of Downton Abbey).
So I'm using this post to remind myself that I can and will make the choice to spend just 10 or 20 minutes a day on a picture book manuscript. Though I like having long uninterrupted times to create, my life doesn't work that way. So I'll snatch a few minutes here and there and hopefully I can report back at the end of the year that I have completed all 12 manuscripts.
Cheers to all 12 x 12'ers, whether you are on track or not!
*(P.S. I'm not advocating that we should fill every minute of the day with productive or necessary activities. I'm a firm believer in the importance of idleness and downtime as a fount of creativity. The New York Times recently had a great article about how much of our "busyness" is self-imposed and counterproductive.)