Monday, November 4, 2013

Enough Said...

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives." ―Clay P. Bedford

Early Storytellers

We were lucky enough to spend some time in Arizona recently. These petroglyphs are about 1000 years old. What stories were the artists trying to tell us? Was it a time of sadness? A full moon? Was the stork part of a creation story or merely a heron eating a frog? How amazing that the desire to tell a story was so strong then and still is now!

PiBoIdMo is Off and Running

Picture Book Idea Month is off to a roaring start. I have read inspirational blogs, educational posts on Facebook and even a few pins on Pinterest. People have suggested all kinds of places to find those elusive ideas- everywhere from classic fairy tales, to childhood memories and walks in the woods.

 It sounds like I have spent far too much time on my computer, but not so! I have come up with a few ideas worth playing with.

I also want to share a few links that I found helpful.
Vikk Simmons on her blog Down the Writer's Path had some wonderful suggestions for where ideas might be hiding.

A question was asked about how to write in rhyme if it doesn't come naturally. I might suggest sticking with what does come naturally, it will seem the most honest and will show in the quality of the end result. Several good on-line resources were suggested for writing in rhyme. These included:
Lane Fredrickson's
Harold Underdown's link to Margot Finke
And finally The Meter Maids

I Can't Wait!!