We’re Halfway There!

It’s a BLOG PARTY and it’s happening HERE … and THERE … and ALL OVER THE BLOGIVERSE! The 12 x 12 in 2012 group is celebrating the mid-way point in our year of writing at least one picture book manuscript a month, and we’re gathering on blogs everywhere to have a PARTY!

Thanks to Julie Hedlund* whose creative mind came up with the idea of 12 x 12 in the first place, we have made it through six months of writing, and we’ve become a caring, cohesive, super-creative community in the process. (Note: the link that was supposed to be imbedded in the image to the left doesn’t work. So please go to this link to get to Julie’s post and the linky list of all party-participants. We’re Halfway There! )

NOW,  let’s get the party started! Let’s CELEBRATE!

Here at By Word of Beth, I’m celebrating that yes, indeed, I’m six for six in my quest to write a picture book manuscript every month. And since many of my books feature the arts in some way, the arts will figure in my celebration.

There’ll be a dancer:


Someone will give a dramatic reading:


And we’ll all sing together**:

Let’s start with O Susannalow’s “You know I can’t sleep without sheep, can’t sleep without sheep, I tried to get through a night without ewe, I just can’t sleep without sheep…”

Then we’ll trill a little pet-trill. O what fun to sing “How much is that Cupcake in the window? (Arf! Arf!) The one with the waggily tail…”

Get yourselves ready for the Bethany Telles Overture “Look! Over there! It’s a sea of pink advancing on the boys! … … … It’s a sea, it’s a sea, it’s a sea of pink, it’s a sea, it’s a sea, James is gonna sink. Pink stuff here, pink stuff there, what’s a guy to do? Too much PINK makes me seasick and blue.”

Next, we’ll tiptoe through LaTulippe‘s singing, “No water river’s never dry, there’s joy to reach the sky each day. We’ll all reach our own story’s end with manuscripts we’ve penned, rhyming with a friend, No Water Renee.”

With Dr. Julie DoLots, we can “Count all the animals, give each one a group, know a cloud of bats, a hive of bees; a group of monkeys is called a troop, Julie will give the scoop, counting all the animals with ease…”

The singing will go on long into the night (singing four hundred songs takes a long time — and I’m sorry I can’t post the lyrics of each person’s song here, but we have many other blogs to visit). Then, as darkness settles over us like a warm blanket before a bedtime story, we’ll raise our glasses in a toast

No, silly, that’s not a toast! That’s tea with bread and jam, with bread and jam, with bread, with bread, and JAM! Quite a different thing. (Hope your ears are okay after I hit that high note…)

We’ll raise our glasses in a toast…


Here’s to all the picture books that have been written in the past six months because of 12 x 12!

May the next six months continue to be good ones for the 12 x 12 “family,”

filled with support, learning, encouragement, ideas, and manuscripts galore!

To US!


*Please return to this blog on Wednesday, June 27th, for an interview with 12 x 12’s own Julie Hedlund!


**If you’re puzzled about the tunes for the songs, here are the titles of the originals, and may the composers and lyricists have mercy. (Note that parody is acceptable under current copyright/fair use law.)

1. “Can’t Smile Without You” by Christian Arnold, David Martin, and Geoff Morrow, sung by Barry Manilow.

2. “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” by Bob Merrill.

3. Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” beginning with part of the opening fanfare, and very quickly moving to the gallopy bit.

4. “Moon River” by the wonderful Henry Mancini.

5. “Talk To the Animals” by Leslie Bricusse, from the 1967 musical Dr. Dolittle.


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