So here I am at Day#7. I was already feeling overwhelmed this morning with so much to do but was determined I was not going to fail my goals in the first week! So while I'm surrounded by house clutter (my computer barely fits on the kitchen counter as I sit here with my now cold coffee attempting to write this post)and house clutter really drives me crazy, I was determined to finish reading and taking notes on this week's posts! If you are new to the concept of PiBoIdMo, be sure to click on my posts (see the tag) about it and also hop on over to Tara Lazar's website where all of this is happening!
Honestly, I have really mixed feelings about PiBoIdMo this year for so many different reasons. I guess the biggest reason is that I just know I don't have the time in my life right now to really dedicate to my writing time the way I dream of and feel is necessary to really put my words on the page and edify them enough to make them publishable let alone take the time to find the right editor/publishing house that would be interested in it! But I don't want to completely give up on it (my dream) either.
I also have an issue with today's market. You see, I've spent so much time learning about Charlotte Mason and the difference between living books and twaddle, that I'm realizing that the stories I want to write, don't necessarily fit into today's market. And the more I look at the books that are selling like hotcakes in today's picture book market, the more I kind of want to cringe. Today's stories are funny, creative and highly entertaining, and for that they have value. I love the imagination, dedication, and work by the authors and illustrators to put these creative ideas into book form and into the hands and minds of children. But I now wonder if they really ignite the mind to learn and hunger for more like the Living Books I'm reading to my young son or are most of them truly twaddle? I think there is a need for books that are entertaining- they have merit- but as I go through the library now and look for quality books that will edify my child's mind, I realize just how much twaddle there is out there. While I think books that are just for entertainment and a few laughs are fun and not necessarily bad, I'm realizing the majority of today's market is that.... they are not full of rich vocabulary, high literary quality, or truly leaving an impact on my child's mind that leads him to learn more about a subject, person or time in history. And that's frustrating to me.
I think now of my personal favorite manuscript that I have submitted to critique groups.... the biggest common factor they tell me is they love the language of my story but I need to cut it out as it doesn't fit for today's market. Really? We're not allowed to have rich vocabulary that entices the child and challenges their thinking and , gosh, shame on us for trying to actually teach them some new words???
So I'm torn. Maybe I'm not cut out for the picture book world of today.
Or maybe I need to stick with non-fiction?
I don't know.
But I do know that when I finally finished reading the posts for the week this morning (I started earlier in the week while sitting in the ER....but we won't go there...lol...don't worry- all is completely fine), I really enjoyed listening to what most of the authors had to say... though I did have that word 'twaddle' in the back of my mind for some of the ideas discussed.... and I really LOVED the post for today by Jessixa Bagley! Jessixa wrote about making lists...and I am a HUGE list maker. Though often poked fun of by my daughter and her friend for all of my lists, they keep me on track and my mind a little more focused and organized and a good habit I refuse to give up- so poke all you want- I love my lists!
So now I breathe a sigh of relief that no matter my mixed feelings, I have at least accomplished my goals for the week for PiBoIdMo (I'm saying that even though I only have 3 ideas listed rather than 7- it's my prerogative to do so)... and now I'll go off and try to do some housework....and work on making up for those 4 missing ideas.
Thanks for taking time to listen to me ramble on about PiBoIdMo 2015...
What do YOU think of the books in today's children's market?