Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Try Something New for 30 Days December 2011 Challenge

December sees a new month and new challenges to be had!  I really want to make changes to every aspect of my life and starting out with small changes will eventually become bigger changes.  You can see how I got on with the November walking challenge.

The challenge I have set myself this month will be to write a minimum of 100 words a day.  The overall aim is to write a selection of childrens short stories combined with my mixed media art work in it. This is something I have always wanted to do, and thought why not for one month - again giving myself small chunks a day at a time see how I get on, I might find that I absolutely love it, or find that it was great for a month and its not something I want to continue. 

One of my favourite childrens books is by Ezra Jack Keats I still have a copy of The Snowy Day, he used a combination of gouache with collage in his work.

I was inspired back in 2010 to look at how I could combine my work into stories in a similar way.  This is how my decision to write started out....never took off and changed direction slightly:
  • In 2004 I decided that I wanted to write childrens books, I never did, all I did was write a list of 45 possible titles, not sure why, but felt compelled to, I was determined to write......
  • 2006 - I updated the book in January and promised myself that I would start at the end of the month.....
  • 2007 saw me reviewing my goals ....and
  • 2010 February after looking at why I hadn't started I realised I didn't want to write childrens books but childrens short stories and combine my love for mixed media.
So in December 2011 I have been nervous about committing myself, but you have to jump sometime!  I worked out that even doing my morning pages I write close to 1000 words if not more on occasions. So I will start, the main aim being not to complete the 45 story titles but to enjoy the process of writing and creating the art. If you don't start now when will you start, there is no time like the present!

If you would like to join in and give yourself a challenge this month leave your link below so that we can visit your blog and give you support and encouragment.  I will be leaving update posts each week to share how I have been getting on and look forward to visiting your blogs to see how you have been getting on.


  1. That is one of my favorite children's books too! New follower to your blog by way of the wiegands. Look forward to seeing all your creativity and inspiration.

  2. Wishing you lots of luck with your story writing and see you in December, hopefully
    have fun!

  3. Chandra, great to have you here, looking forward to seeing what you decide to challenge yourself to:)

    Gwen, many thanks looking forward to catching up with you as well!

  4. I love children's books. I love the artwork, the simple language, the universal truths--all of it.

    Best of writing luck to you!

  5. I love your blog and good luck with the 30day challenge!

  6. Susan, thank you, what have you been up to, will stop by!

    Stankcheese, many thanks, looking forward to seeing many miracles unfold as I work my way through the challenges!


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