"A whole book?" my daughter asked.
"Yes. A draft of a picture book."
I had had enough of this break, enough of not being able to move forward with anything. So I decided that I was going to take this idea that's been in my head for months and get it onto paper where it belongs!
I sat on the sofa with my journal in hand, as my family sat around me watching a movie. I scribbled and erased and thought and scribbled and started over several times. When it came time to go to bed, I brought my journal with me. Soon it was after 11 and my eyes were burning, but I had nearly a whole draft complete. I already had it complete in my head, but I couldn't see well enough to write any more. So I turned off the light and went contentedly to sleep.
I didn't get to finish it until Friday evening. But getting a draft of a picture book done in less than 24 hours was an incredible feeling. And best of all, it didn't totally stink!
Yesterday (Saturday), I revised. Converted all my prose into rhyme. I tweaked it now and then all day. Even sent it to Corey to get her thoughts on it. Now I had a complete RHYMING picture book draft in less than 48 hours!
Today, day three, I worked on polishing my shiny new PB. Tweaking wording, fixing rhymes, adjusting meter. And I've had a heck of a time doing it!
It feels great to be excited about a project again!