12×12 in 2012

Usually in this corner of the interwebz, you are my {somewhat} captive audience and I bombard you with my graphic design and picture book obsessions. Aren’t you lucky?!

So today…some respite.

Sometime last November, while participating in the lovely Tara Lazar’s brainchild, PiBoIdMo, I stumbled across Julie Hedlund’s wild idea: DO SOMETHING with all of those ideas, and draft 12 picture book manuscripts in 2012. Without much hesitation or considering what I was really getting myself into, I hopped on board.

Best idea ever.

The 12×12 community exploded and has been a constant source of encouragement, focus, feedback, and FRIENDS. And so this week, we are celebrating our halfway mark with a blog party! {In my head, I keep repeating this: What is up there on top of that tree? A dog party! A big dog party! and just replace ‘dog’ with ‘blog.’}

Here’s my party favor: an already-completed-before-you-even-got-the-chance crossword puzzle!

CLICK TO MAKE IT BIGGER!

My biggest goal in writing picture books is to create a rowdy read aloud experience. When I was a librarian, one of my favorite read alouds was John Lithgow’s The Remarkable Farkle McBride, mainly because it was SO MUCH FUN to tumble those words around and spit them out right into the ears of eager listeners. And I shamelessly love words. {Eyeball is my favorite!}

So I plucked my favorite 6 words out of each of my 6 drafts, and boom. And by boom I just mean I played with their layout and color coded them by month, and really…just plain looked at them. I love them. I also love how I can get a small taste of each manuscript in six little words.

And yes, I used ‘puddles‘ both in January and February. Good to know, right? That was news to me!

Curious about 12×12 or want to see the other posts in our traveling blog party? Head over here…and maybe think about 12×12 in 2013??

39 Comments

  • Posted June 29, 2012 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Those are some great words Carter! Love this idea. Congrats on your 6 drafts!!!

  • Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    This has been so much fun!

  • Posted June 29, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    What a fantastic way to celebrate your manuscripts! (and pretty too.) Happy half way there!

  • Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Isn’t halfway exciting?!

  • Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Have you read Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy? It’s one of my faves. I laugh every time I read it over her fabulous use of fun words. Congrats on your six drafts!

  • Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Carrie! I’ll have to check that out:)

  • Posted June 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Lovely post! Congrats on making it to the halfway mark…here’s to the rest of the year!

    Donna L Martin
    http://www.donasdays.blogspot.com

  • Posted June 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    CONGRATS on your half-way mark via the 12x12in2012 Picture Book Challenge.

  • tinamcho
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    How very creative, and I love your color scheme on your crossword puzzle! Congrats, Carter!

  • Posted June 30, 2012 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Very creative! Love the crossword puzzle of your favorite words. I especially like “somersaults” and how it tickles my ears. Congratulations on completing your 6 drafts. Happy halfway mark!

  • romellebroas
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Love the crossword puzzle of your favorite words. Very creative! I especially love “somersaults” and how it tickles my ears. Congrats on your 6 drafts!

  • Posted June 30, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    OOHH…tickle is a great word:)

  • Posted June 30, 2012 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Excellent crossword! Keep up the hard work.

  • Posted June 30, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Rena!

  • Posted June 30, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Carter, that is just TOO COOL! It makes my head explode (in a good way) just looking at it!! So glad to have you in the challenge!

  • Posted June 30, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Head explosions always welcome around here:)

  • Posted June 30, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Love that you love words and their sounds!
    Happy half way and best luck with the next six!

  • Joanna
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Very cool and creative… Congrats!

  • Posted June 30, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    And thanks for the alliterative compliment, Joanna!

  • Posted July 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Awesome, I love puzzles! I love all the books you feature on your blog too.

  • Posted July 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Aww thanks, Sylvia!

  • Posted July 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, Carter! You just ooze talent! I love the crossword!!!!

  • Posted July 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Hey….OOZE is a fantastic word! Hmmm… :)

  • Posted July 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    I want to read your picture book with the word cadence. Cadence has a nice cadence, no? Of course you would have a beautiful way to visually represent your manuscripts for the year. It’s so Carter Higgins of you. :) And as for puddles, I would say the year is half full rather than half empty. Wouldn’t you?

  • Posted July 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Hannah! I LOVE everything about this comment. Thank you!! And yes and yes to your dear questions:)

  • Posted July 2, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    I’m late to the party but just wanted to say HI and halfway-mark congrats, Carter. The crossword puzzle is a great idea–Word!

  • Posted July 2, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    WORD!

  • Posted July 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I love word play! I’d play and play with words and ignore plot any old day! ; ) How sweet of you to offer us a party game!

  • Posted July 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Except too bad I didn’t let anyone fill in the answers!! You win a prize anyway!

  • moonduster
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    “The 12×12 community exploded and has been a constant source of encouragement, focus, feedback, and FRIENDS.” <– Absolutely agree!

    Happy Halfway! :)

  • Posted July 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Love your scrabbly way with words and inviting visual! What a groovy idea from a groovy personality – can’t wait to see your published work too. Wholehearted congrats at the halfway mark!

  • Posted July 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    GROOVY! And ditto. (I typoed ‘dotto’ just now…I like that word:)

  • Posted July 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    :)

  • Posted July 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    The crossword is fantastic! I love the idea of plucking favorite words from each draft. You could start an idea for your next draft from that little collection!

  • Posted July 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely idea! I have a list of favourite words, but I hadn’t thought of selecting my faves from my12x12 drafts.
    I wish you whimsical words, fantastic phrasing, and magnificent manuscripts.

  • Posted July 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    LOVE THAT.

  • Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    What an amazing crossword puzzle…a great testament to a successful first half of the year in 12×12! Congrats, Carter…and best of luck in the next six months…happy picture booking. :)

  • Posted July 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I love picture booking as a verb:)

  • Stacy S. Jensen
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    When I saw you did a puzzle, I put on my thinking cap. Fun to see how your words duplicated themselves some months. Good luck with the next six months/manuscripts.

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