Reading: Truman

Truman, written by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins, was published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers in 2019. The inside front cover reads: Truman the tortoise lives with his Sarah high above the taxis and the trash trucks and the number 11 bus, which travels south. He never worries about the world below

WOW: Murdered Ideas

Roddy Doyle: “Do change your mind. Good ideas are often murdered by better ones. I was working on a novel about a band called the Partitions. Then I decided to call them the Commitments.” What a metaphor! The quote came from a post, “10 Rules for Writing Fiction,” in the Guardian in the UK.

WOW: One is None

Geoff Dyer: “Have more than one idea on the go at any one time. If it’s a choice between writing a book and doing nothing I will always choose the latter. It’s only if I have an idea for two books that I choose one rather than the other. I ­always have to feel that


I started 12×12 a bit late–halfway into the month. But I’ve already written two first drafts of picture books and done a revision of another. I’ve done a webinar, too, on query letters for children’s book authors and I have another I have a month to watch. I went to a session from SCBWI for