IWSG: The Picture Book That Found Me

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG are Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey!
August 5 question – Quote: “Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don’t write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be.”
Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn’t planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?
I’ve been writing weird things ever since the pandemic started closing in on me. I don’t know if I’ll ever wind up doing anything with them, but they’re there. Happy little hard drive zombies.
Most recently?
I wrote a picture book.
There are no pictures, yet. That would be silly. You draw pictures for books you’re committed to. This is more… well, the world’s most G-Rated one-night stand.
It’s about parrots.
Specifically, if you take everything that people hate about parrots, and add some hats…
It’s really not that bad…
For something written by a child-free bitch who has to write about parrots because waaaay too many things rhyme with “duck.” There are two things that I know about children:
They are short, and they throw up if you feed them Chicago dogs before they go on the Tilt-a-Whirl.
I’m an expert.
So, now, I’m trying to draw parrots.
And it turns out I don’t even know what a parrot looks like.
It’s a dead-end, of course… which is a shame. The query letter would have been hilarious.
I am qualified to write this book because as a former teacher, I have many happy memories of working with students of multiple grade levels at the Lower Recidivism Adult Correctional Facility.
I think I’ll shut up and go work on my Viking revision, now.


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    Knowing when not to feed the tiny humans before going on Tilt a Whirls definitely counts as experience, and I’d totally read the book with my kids. We enjoy Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas and that one has a *barely* subtle butt joke. I think parrots would fit right in.

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