Friday, June 19, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things - June 19


Every time I have a story idea, I log it into an Excel spreadsheet or into a notebook. This week, I got the idea to start an outline for some of the story ideas that I like better than others. My thought is to add more here and there whenever something pops into my head for each of these stories so that I'm not spending too much time on them in one sitting. By the time I'm finished with my current projects, I will be able to start on one of the stories full-time and the outline will be further along. This may be wishful thinking, but I'm hoping this works. I get stuck at certain parts of the stories as I'm sure every writer does. Good ideas don't come right away. Instead of staring at my computer wondering what will come next in my story, I can leave it and come back to insert an idea into my outline without having to rewrite my notes. Maybe other writers are already doing this, so perhaps I'm late in the game at figuring this out. 

I was able to get a few more pages of my picture book dummy done this week. It's the size of a real book and I'm so excited about the way it's turning out. Last week, I showed my storyboard to my youngest son, but he didn't laugh as much as he did when he was a couple of years younger and I had shown him my scribbled ideas. I was disappointed and disturbed at his lack of enthusiasm, but today my oldest son looked at my book dummy and laughed at my "more finished" drawings. That was enough to keep me going.

Another thing to cheer about is making 2 sketchbooks with cloth covers and bookmarks out of the leftover board and material. I may never have to buy another sketchbook again since I can make my own now for a fraction of the cost. Yippee!


I managed to get a drawing posted on Illustration Friday before the deadline, but just barely. The topic was "Vacation" and here is the drawing:

Have a great weekend!

What are you celebrating?

If you'd like to join the Celebrate The Small Things blog hop, visit our talented host, Lexa @ Lexa Cain for more information.  And don't forget to check out her co-hosts, LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge and Tonja @ Kidbits Blog
Visit participating blogs here:

1.Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.My Inner Geek8.Eclectic Alli
9.Queendsheena10.Kim Graff
11.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell12.Constantine
13.Viklit14.My Miracle Life
15.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams16.My Creatively Random Life
17.Jeff Chapman's Writing18.Shells Tales and Sails
19.Lara Lacombe20.TF Walsh
21.Caring for my Veteran22.dcrelief
23.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures24.The Unwavering Part of Me
25.About myself, by myself26.Suzanne Furness
27.My Write Spot28.Elizabeth Seckman
29.Avalon30.Cherdo on the Flipside
31.Writing By Marilyn32.My Baffling Brain
33.Planet Kimberly34.Shah Wharton
35.Mere Joyce36.Just Get It Written
37.Tyrean's Writing Spot38.Kathleen S. Allen
39.Black Coffee and Cigarettes40.Linda Kay
41.Victorian Scribbles42.Alexia Chamberlynn
43.Dandilyonfluff44.Curious as a Cathy
45.Tanya Miranda46.Teresa Morse
47.Catherine Ensley48.God, Entertainment, & Annoying Things
49.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 201350.Precious Monsters
51.Carole Anne Carr52.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace
53.Square Pegs54.Sandy's Space
55.The Beveled Edge56.Lisa Manifold
57.Lori Carlson58.Patricia's Place
59.Peace, Love, & Books

Fifty-nine participants! Wow!


  1. I love the drawing. Making your own sketchbooks is a real talent.

  2. The beach scene is great - I assume it's in your dummy book? And I love the idea of cloth notebook covers. Something to do this coming winter ;) As to the jotting down of ideas, that's a good idea. I have a story here and there where I do that, but I keep them in notebooks scattered throughout the house. Having them together on one computer file would make the later search so much easier.

  3. I think your spreadsheet idea is excellent. No, not all ideas are winners. I throw out most of mine. I love the sketchbooks, especially the one with the cute monsters! Have a lovely weekend! :)

  4. Spending less on sketchbooks does sound pretty cool.

    The number of people on the list seems to go up ever other week.

  5. Found you through the Celebrate blog hop so just saying hi :) I love your book covers and bookmarks - I also make these sometimes as special gifts and you're so right when you say why go out and buy them? I love your sweet drawing for vacation it looks like it could come alive and that little boy is just about to throw his ball right off the page! Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace