Posted by: Betsy Devany | November 8, 2013

PiBoIdMo Week One with Norman the Gorilla

SONY DSCAt the end of week #1 of PiBoIdMo, I’ve successfully met this week’s goal: eight new ideas, three of which continue to feed the muse. My weekly volunteer session in my granddaughter’s second-class yesterday bumped my idea count from five to eight, thanks to one-on-one sessions in the hallway. The project I was helping the kids with was hysterical. Thank you, students, for making me laugh!

But when I checked in with Norman, he seemed a bit discouraged. So I asked how his writing challenge was coming.

“I loaned my car to Beverly and Beauregard Bunny. They have more ideas than I could come up with. I got off the StuWriStoMo hill. Everyone passed me.”

“What is StuWriStoMo?” I asked.

SONY DSC“Stuffs Write Stories Month. We have our own Stuffsbook page. I read Beverly’s post.” Norman groaned. “Beverly came up with 413 1/2 ideas.”

“You’re not competing with the bunnies,” I said.

“Beauregard wrote 93 picture book manuscripts this week. He stars in all of them. Pig and Elephant are way ahead, too. Pig is illustrating Elephant’s ideas as they come.”

“Have you written down any new ideas?”

“One,” said Norman. “It’s called I WANT MY BANANA BACK. Beauregard Bunny steals my banana. So I ask around to see if anyone has seen it. No one has. And they’re too busy to help me look because they’re eating banana bread. Made from MY BANANA!  And then I find Beauregard Bunny selling suspicious-smelling cookies at his bakery. By the end of the book, the bakery is shutdown.”

SONY DSC“What happens to Beauregard Bunny?”

“Why are you asking?” said Norman.

“Because this sounds like plagiarism.”

“No, it doesn’t. There are no hats in my story. Please do not ask me any more questions. I would not eat a bunny.”

“Okay, well I expect you’ll be hearing from Jon Klassen soon.”

“Great! I’ll tell my agent at Bossy Frog Literary that Klassen will write a blurb for the book jacket. Agent Bossy Frog #2 calls my manuscript ‘fresh’. He’s preparing to submit it to fifty-seven editors. By the end of next week we’ll have an auction.”

I put aside the much-needed discussion on How to Choose a Good Agent, and headed to my writing room to find a book on craft. I carried it outside to Norman, who was making a How to Spend My Advance for I WANT MY BANANA BACK list.

SONY DSCWhile Norman spent the afternoon reading, I still have concerns.

His #2 idea is called MAKE WAY FOR GORILLAS.

Have a great and inspiring week, everyone!

 


Responses

  1. “Because it sounds like plagiarism.”
    “No, it doesn’t. There are no hats in my story.”
    Haha! You are so busted, Norman! Thank you for bringing these funny characters to life, and thank you for making me laugh today. Love it!

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Kristin!
      Norman says hi, too. He makes me laugh every day.

  2. “I still have concerns.” LOL

    • After seeing today’s list of ideas on Norman’s laptop, I have put a temporary lock on my picture book collection. Though I may need to lock the middle grade shelves as well after reading #8 and #9 on his list, to be shared next week.

  3. This was SO fun! lol SO clever, Betsy 😀 Btw, the book you lent to Norman is one of my faves 🙂 He’s in good hands with such an experienced writer looking out for him 😉

    • It’s a favorite of mine, too!
      He’s climbing the bookshelves now, in search of more inspiration.

      • lol I hope those are VERY sturdy shelves 🙂 I would think if he finds a banana, he’ll be very inspired 😉


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