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31 Jan

Logo by Nathan Hale

The time has arrived for this year’s Picture Book Marathon. Special thanks to Jean Reagan and Lora Koehler for running this spectacular event. Similar to November’s Novel Writing Month, the Picture Book Marathon is centered around child-friendly 32/40 page texts. The goal is to pen 26 complete manuscripts in the month of February, leaving 2 days for rest, relaxation and sanity. Having successfully crossed the finish line along with 20+ other writers, I can’t wait to lace up the writing sneakers again this year. To sign-up simply pay a visit to http://www.picturebookmarathon.org but do so no later than January 30th! If you miss the deadline, there’s nothing stopping you from unofficially writing.

To help keep track of your complete manuscripts, please download my PBMarathonChecklist Click to view/print and right click to save the PDF.

During the marathon I encourage you to stop back here for the INSPIRATHON, a month long parade of motivational posts filled with Imagicise writing prompts, links, photos, Starting Line / Finish Line story starters/enders, quotes and music.

In addition be sure to blast off to Nathan Hale’s Space Station Nathan for his daily marathon posts including the cover and description of each manuscript.

For further motivation, I highly recommend Katie Davis’s Brain Burps About Books podcast.

Happy writing imaginators!


11 Jan

With February’s Picture Book Marathon approaching, there’s no better time to rocket over to Nathan Hale’s blog Space Station Nathan. In 2010, the author/illustrator generously provided a graphic illustration with details for each of his 28 manuscripts. As a delicious bonus, each idea is prefaced with an episodic incarnation of the comic book / graphic novel serial  “Yellowbelly and Nate Visit Children’s Publishing a.k.a. THE LAND OF DOOM.”

To gear up for this year’s PB Marathon, begin with Nathan’s first entry and then work your way through the list by clicking ‘Newer Post’ on the bottom left.

Many writers are weary of their ideas being stolen and thus are shy to post them on the internet. Though, Nathan, a publishedwriter / illustrator confidently hands you a backstage pass into his imagination. With titles, “I’m a Fungi” and “Mermaid Fire Brigade” his ideas are fresh, funny, yet appeal to all ages. The covers are drawn in a classic picture book meets modern graphic novels style as seen in The Twelve Bots of Christmas.

When finished peering at Nathan’s picture books, stay up to date with recent  installments of his early reader Percy: The Little Big Dragon.

Two thumbs up, a presidential wave, and a humble bow to Nathan Hale, a true imaginator, and his Space Station of creativity.