Good morning! Right now the sun isn’t up, the house is quiet, and I have a nice large cup of coffee in front of me. Today will be a great day. While my kids are off to a nearby Halloween/birthday party, I’ll be making plans for two writing challenges that start next month: NaNoWriMo and PiBoldMo.
You probably already know what NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is all about: writing a 50,000-word novel in one month. What you probably haven’t heard of is PiBoldMo.
PiBoldMo is Picture Book Idea Month. The goal is to come up with one picture book idea every day for the month of November. It sounds easy but I doubt it will be. There will be prizes like picture book critiques, artwork, jewelry and more.
I’m really excited for both challenges to start though I’m aware that I’ll have to really manage my time if I want to read and blog as much as I want to. That means I need to stay off of Farmville and any other games that I usually play, plus no more surfing the internet for interesting articles. That’s okay. I’m up for the challenge!
So lately I’ve bought a ton of great-looking books. These are books that I’ve read about on Twitter like The Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus and The Lost Art of Reading by David L. Ulin while a few are books I’ve wanted to reread like Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer. I’m excited about reading everything I’ve bought plus the books from my latest library loot, which I haven’t blogged about yet. So it leads me to impose a book-buying ban for myself. No more new books for myself until the beginning of the year. I’ll still check out books from the library but that’s it. I’m hoping to read everything I’ve bought this month by January 1, 2011.
My questions for you: Do you ever go on a book-buying ban? Are you planning on participating in any writing challenges in November?