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28 February 2011 @ 11:18 pm
aaaallll gone…  

February’s gone, and I am…actually, I’m only about 3500 words behind, which is a hell of a lot better than I expected to be given how much I was sick this month. I’ve gotten copy edits and a short story done, and, er. 25,000 words on the novel, which is actually quite a decent showing. YTD wordcount is in the region of 70K.

Also, I wrote two books this evening.

See, I’ve been looking at Young Indiana’s baby books, and a lot of them are just awful. Poorly rhymed or no rhythm, ideas I dislike (winning is everything, for example), etc, etc, etc. So I’d sort of started noodling down some rhymes of my own to counteract the bad books, and then I got carried away and wrote a counting kisses book and an animal alphabet book, both of which were really quite fun to do. The animal alphabet needs a bit of editing (and is perhaps aimed at Very Clever Children, since it features velociraptors, but c’mon, don’t all 5 year old boys, at least, know what velociraptors are?) but heck, I’d read it to my kid. :)

The obvious thing here is to do this for about a week and then look for a publisher for my broad portfolio of children’s books. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: amusedamused
Harold Zablehzatz on February 28th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
After a couple of times reading through all sorts of sing-songy children's books, I tend to build up my own melody to sing them by. In at least one case--Boynton's _Your_Personal_Penguin_--I much prefer my melody to theirs.


Maybe we should write childrens' songs together. :-b
kitmizkit on March 1st, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
No, no, I basically shouldn't be let loose around song lyrics. Bad things happen. You should hear my version of "Mockingbird" sometime... :)
Harold Zablehzatz on March 1st, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Or mine... which my children sing back to me now...

Hush little baby, don't say a word,
Daddy's gonna buy you a mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird won't sing,
Daddy's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring won't shine,
Daddy's gonna buy you a silver mine.

And if that silver mine runs dry,
Daddy's gonna buy you a new neck tie.

But if that new neck tie's too thin,
Daddy's gonna buy you a bottle of gin,

And if that gin should taste real bad,
You'll still be the best he's had.


I was more thinking that I seem to be much better at making up new music than lyrics, but you need both to make a song. If only I had a couple of free years, I'd go get an MA in music or something...
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on February 28th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
Have we ever pointed out how awesome you are?

(And yes, do go for the children's books - the best ones are always the ones that a parent did for their own children or children they know, whether the classics like The Hobbit or Alice, or later ones.)
madmiss on February 28th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the Emily Gravett picture books?

'Rabbit problem' is such a beautiful book.

R. Scott Shanks, Jr.mnarra on February 28th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'd buy 'em both -- I've a grandson that needs a book with a velociraptor in it.
Ghost Lightghost_light on February 28th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
I would buy that animal alphabet book for my nephew.
mbernardi: unshelvedmbernardi on March 1st, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
Don't books for such age groups need illustration? If you did both words and pictures in this time frame I'm most impressed.
UrsulaVursulav on March 1st, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
Unless you yourself are the illustrator, or are an already established writer/illustrator team, no--the publisher hires the artist, because artists have a sadly-often-deserved reputation as a flaky bunch, and they would far rather use one of their own stable of illustrators that they know can meet a deadline than take a chance on somebody off the street.

(It's a catch-22--you can't do the book as a team unless you've already done a book as a team!)

There are always exceptions, of course, but 99 times out of 100, they don't want to see art in the submission from the author, unless the author is also the illustrator.
kit: ursula_heartbreakmizkit on March 1st, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
And sadly, the only person I know who illustrates children's books is busy with her own writing-and-illustrating-them career. :)
Trent the Uncatchable: comicsknappenp on March 1st, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
If The Ursula is too busy, maybe the Ardian could do it. I'm curious to see his take on velociraptors.

And you, know, you could illustrate them yourself.

Or, can your nephews draw? 'Cause that could be cool...
madmiss on March 1st, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
:( I wish I had kept drawing now..(I'm out of practice...)

I want to do an animal alphabet book too!..I tried to start seeing what animals I liked .
But I left it too late and college started up again. :-s
Lynn Calvinromsfuulynn on March 1st, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
Go forth and do it!

Two books for very young children that helped save my sanity.

Allan Ahlberg (and Janet)
Each Peach Pear Plum.

I love many other books of theirs, but those two were magic.
Xixpioti on March 1st, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
My children, at 2 and 4, pointed at the dinosaurs in Target and bellowed "Tyrannosaurus Rex! Velociraptor! Pteranodon!" And my daughter informed me, the other day, that her favorite dinosaur is the Stygimolochs, which I can barely spell much less reliably identify.

So yes, IMNSHO all 5 year olds should be able to identify a Velociraptor. (I'm also quite fond of Jane Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms. And I very much prefer children's books that are about something interesting, because if I have to bark like 10 dogs one more time I might hurt someone, probably myself. :D)