Was that November that just went whizzing past while my attention was elsewhere?

As anyone who has been reading my blog in the past few months will know, I had been looking forward to November for months, anticipating the production of The Great American Mousical at the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT, and, indeed, my attention was mainly focused on Mousical this month. Between preparing for our trip to Connecticut, being there and seeing two performances of that delightful musical, coming back home and wishing to be back there for the final week of performances (this week, due to an extended run!) I have had trouble thinking of much else than mice on stage. For a few highlights on video from the production, click here.

I do have a few things to report on for this accountability check-in, though. Click the magic words…

For 12×12 in 2012, I actually wrote TWO picture book drafts. I could just pretend that I’m exceedingly prolific, but it happened purely because of my faulty memory. On the 27th of November, I suddenly thought, “I haven’t written a draft for 12×12 this month!” A character name presented itself, followed by a catchy title, and I proceeded to write a story to go with the character and the title. A couple of days later, I was tidying my computer desktop, and discovered the 12×12 draft I’d written in early November, on a totally different topic. (Now you see what I mean when I say my mind was almost totally focused on Mousical — so much so that I forgot what had happened in the days preceding the trip!) So with two drafts for October and two for November, I’m nicely ahead of the game, but I still plan to write one in December, in fact, it’s already percolating in the back of my mind.

However, I wasn’t as successful with PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month). Although I did come up with a few picture book ideas, and I benefited from the blog posts I had time to read, I just wasn’t able to give the challenge enough attention this year. I knew that going in, so I’m not disappointed in myself at all. That’s the way of life at times, some things must take a step back so that other things may come to the fore, and that’s what happened this month. Here’s to next year!

In my blogging, I managed to keep up fairly well to posting in November, although I haven’t been as good at responding to comments. I hope to get back in the proper swing of things soon! I also haven’t had a chance to work out the problems with the timing of post notifications with some subscriptions. I do hope to get that sorted before long.

In December on my blog, watch for a couple of chapter book reviews on Wednesday the 5th and the 19th, a celebration of 12×12 on the 12th, (there’s something else going on that day, which I’ll post about on the 10th), a special Perfect Picture Book Friday on the 14th, commemorating the United Nations Universal Children’s Day, among other posts for this last month of the year 2012.

At the end of the year, I’ll ponder my goals for the past year, and my goals for 2013, both in writing and on my blog. I *may* have something new to tell you about. Until then, here’s to December!

What does December hold in store for you?

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