Sunday Post: On-Going…Picture Books and Projects

Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge…today’s theme is ON-GOING.

The seasons are on-going…soon it will be spring and the flowers will bloom.

MLK Mini-poster

Black History Month is on-going during the month of February.


On January 1st, I celebrated my first day of retirement.

Now that I am retired, I have many on-going projects which I have shared with you.


De-cluttering the garage is a project that is still on-going.


School classroom visits are still on-going. This semester I am reading Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems and the children are constructing their own storyboards. I enjoy working with the kids and the teachers and, as a picture book writer, I believe it is important to stay connected with young children.


I’m taking Emma Walton Hamilton’s “JUST WRITE FOR KIDS’ online picture book writing course…this 8-week class is on-going…fortunately, you can work at your own pace…it’s been WAY more than 8 weeks. What I love most about it so far is that it encourages me to look REALLY carefully at how classic picture books are constructed. With that understanding, I hope to write picture books that kids will want to read over and over again.


Participating in Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Writing Challenge is on-going. If you haven’t signed up yet, please check out the link…you have until February 28 and then it will be too late to hop aboard this year. As part of the program, I submitted a manuscript this month to agent Stephen Fraser and am currently working on a new manuscript for next month’s submission. I’m excited about this new one…it’s about wildlife conservation. My local and on-line critique group work is on-going as well…reading the manuscripts of others and the comments and suggestions they make on mine is like taking a workshop class. I never realized how helpful it would be to participate in a critique group…I recommend it to everyone who writes.

The chance to win $25 for the literacy charity or organization of your choice is on-going. Simply leave a comment on last Friday’s post. Next Friday I will pick one of the comments using and that person’s choice will receive a check for $25…$25 is not a fortune, but it can purchase a couple of books…who can say what a difference those few books may make in a child’s life.


Nancy Hatch’s Writer’s Desk Competition voting is still on-going. If you would like to vote, you can go here. All of the entries are great…I am honored to be among them with my piece…I Write, Therefore I Am.

inner title page color smallppp

My desire to provide quick and easy activities for their kids is on-going. Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking, is a wonderful resource for parents and teachers with picture book recommendations, simple craft projects and child-friendly recipes.  Click this link if you would like a copy! Engage your child, encourage creative expression and, most of all, have fun together!

What’s on-going in your life?


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23 thoughts on “Sunday Post: On-Going…Picture Books and Projects

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    • I am already, Marylin. I am wondering how I accomplished all that I did before while I was working.:) Actually, I am not wondering…I know how I did it…I was extremely sleep deprived.:( Now I am catching up on 40 years of not enough sleep.:)   


  2. I love all your on-goings and your goings-on 🙂 My husband is afraid when he retires that he won’t have enough to do. I keep trying to tell him he’ll have more than enough. You are living proof of that. The cool thing is that now you get to do what you choose to do. Congratulations on your new-found freedom, so to speak.


    • Yes, Alayne…it is a ‘new-found freedom’, so to speak. Young children look forward to becoming adults…but adults really have less ‘freedom’, not more…perhaps ‘freedom’ isn’t the right word…I’m not sure what is. Kind of less responsibilities and more ability to choose where to devote my energy. I’m excited to have the options that are available to me and the chance to delve more deeply into the things I love to do.  


  3. Hi Vivian,
    I agree with Marylin, watch out for business to set in, and it looks like it will be ongoing for you!!! I retired in August, and whew…. I love your post! There are tons of good ideas, right here in one post. I am going to HAVE to follow your blog!!!! So cute!!! So helpful!!! 🙂 Marsha 🙂


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  5. Vivian, I love that picture of you celebrating your “retirement” — though you seem quite busy and I’m not sure how you are fitting it all in. 😉


    • You are sweet to stop by, Carrie…I know how busy you are!   That is my son next to me and my nephew on the left.:) I’ll be flying back to Chicago in April…my son and daugher-in-law are expecting a baby then…what fun!   I’m working on allocating my time better…I think the key to time-management is deciding what takes priority and making sure I do those things first. It is too easy to start reading blogs or interact on FB (especially the 12×12 site) and all of a sudden, hours have passed by. But I AM excited about the pb writing and submission plans…as my son said, it’s all about “turning the next page in the book of my life.” 🙂  


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