Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12x Challenge- COMPLETED!

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This year I participated in my first 12 x 12 in ’12 challenge, hosted by Julie Hedlund.  My task was to write a picture book a month for 12 months.  I started strong, belting out 6 stories with ease.  So, the party for the halfway mark gave me something to celebrate.

The latter part of the year didn't go as easy.  I struggled with my ideas.  Those times were spent staring at a blank sheet of paper, staring out the window, or twirling my hair with my fingers.  It’s surprising that I made it all the way.  I couldn't have completed the challenge without the support and encouragement of the 12x community.  Thanks to them, I can happily join them in this end-of-the-year party.

12 x 12 in '12 RECAP

The main characters of my stories consisted of:

                A blackbird and a sparrow
                A Pumpkin
                Two spiders
                Chocolate bunnies
                A girl named Bella
                A dustball
                A monster
                An osterich
                A lion
                A dragon
                And a chicken


  • Of the 12 stories that I've written, 7 originated from PiBoIdMo with Tara Lazar
  • Only 2 out of my 12 stories have promise (In my opinion)

The good news 

thumbsUpPiBoIdMo #7, which became story #3 for 12x won me an exclusive invitation to submit to agent, Tricia Lawrence of Erin Murphy Literary Agency!  (Still waiting to hear back from her)

So there you have it.  Cheers to a great year of writing and friendships.  

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  1. Romelle- I think 2 for 12 is a good rate of return - something to be proud of! You have two (and maybe more, but at least two) GREAT of which is getting agent attention! That's very exciting- congratulations!

  2. Genius! I love how you told us about your characters. (How come I didn't think of that?) I'm thinking there could be more jewels tucked inside your other stories that you haven't seen yet. I hope you hear good news with #3. Then we'll have a toast! *waving*

  3. Cool idea to tell us your MC's and we do note your anthropomorphic love! Awesome stats and good news, too. YAY!

  4. If all your characters got together for a party, I would totally go. Well, I guess we are having a party right now. :) Congrats on a great year! So glad to have "met" you.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your characters with us! I hold up my glass to you too - cheers!

  6. Exciting news to hear about story #3! It's nice to have twelve drafts to work on, but it only takes one winner to start a whole new party.

  7. Congratulations! I think a story about a dustball sounds charming. I know for a fact the ones in my house all have different personalities ;-)

  8. Love your characters, your determination AND the fact that one of your stories won you the attention of an agent! I agree with Carrie that two GREAT stories out of 12 is fantastic. It's honestly why we have to write so much. To get the mediocre stuff out of the way so the great stuff can come out.

    Congratulations!! Can't wait for 2013!

    1. So true about getting the mediocre stuff out of the way! Thank you, Julie, for a fabulous year. You are amazing. You've accomplished so much this year! (Me bowing to you chanting, "I am not worthy...")

  9. Congratulations, Romelle, on all you've accomplished this year! Here's to the next, and to your success!

  10. Fantastic job, Romelle! You accomplished a lot and here's to more to come in 2013! Cheers!

  11. You have much to celebrate! Congrats on all your drafts and winning the agent invitation - good luck to you :)

  12. Can't wait to hear your results from Tricia! Congratulations on all your accomplishments!

  13. Congrats on finishing! And on hearing back from an agent. Crossing my fingers for you.

  14. Good for you, Romelle! So glad you stuck with it and you have an agent looking at one. The best of luck, and looking forward to more successes in 2013.

  15. Well done on completing the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge and congratulations on winning a submission to an agent. You must be on the right track. I look forward to hearing more updates in 2013.

  16. Congratulations on that exclusive invitation to submit to an agent, and best of luck. Congrats on your 12 x 12 and other writing accomplishments. You have a fun list of characters. I have to imagine there are some great stories to go with them.

  17. Good job! I like the idea of a chocolate bunny main character!

  18. Congratulations on your manuscripts and submitting to an agent :)

  19. Congratulations on your manuscripts and submitting to an agent! Crossing my fingers that you get great news!

  20. How exciting, Romelle, that you were able to submit to a literary agency. I hope you get a lead towards the acceptance of your manuscripts. Congrats on your stories from 12x12 and PiBoIdMo. Hope we see you next year!

  21. Romelle, those are some fantastic accomplishments. Crossing my fingers for a positive response from the agency!

  22. You've been busy! I love this post. So encouraging what happens when we exercise patience, discipline, and HARD WORK!

  23. Congrats, Romelle! I kinda wish I had a story with an ostrich now. :-)

    (Good luck with your agent win!)

  24. I love your list of characters, Romelle! Congrats on participating in this amazing challenge...I think I love the connections most of well as the info provided in the 12x12 posts...Julie has done a wonderful job! And the 'dustball' story is intriguing. :)

  25. I'm really late to comment, but wanted to say congrats on all you've accomplished through the challenge this year. I love your run-through off all your characters!



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