by Annette Simon

Thank you for asking. My work-in-progress? Uh, well….

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Story limbo.


I don’t know why I’d thought this would work.

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No, it’s awful. I’m a hack. #failure. Okay, FINE.

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Maybe if I distract myself….

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Random yelling is fun.

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I need more.

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And …




Could they be…?


I’m goin’ in.





It’s true.


At least until the next draft.




annette_simon_picAnnette is an advertising-creative-director turned picture-book-maker, and a BookSeller at The BookMark in Neptune Beach, Florida, where she took these photos. Her titles include MOCKING BIRDIES and THIS BOOK IS FOR ALL KIDS by Jack Simon, and she’ll follow up last year’s Indie Kids’ Next Pick and Buckeye Children’s Book Award nominee, ROBOT ZOMBIE FRANKENSTEIN!, with an awfully loud read-aloud, ROBOT BURP HEAD SMARTYPANTS!, in February. Please see more at


A PiBoIdMo Prompt/Offer: Share your picture book spine creation for a chance to win a personalized copy of ROBOT ZOMBIE FRANKENSTEIN! and related bling (robot chest panel iron-ons, child-size chef hat and apron, a mini notepad, a disguise, and foam shape stickers). Keep spine photos for yourself, but stack the picture book titles in the comments section below like this: HERE I AM / STUCK. While your local indie bookstore is a great resource, titles don’t have to be new ones—old favorites and library books are game, too. Meantime, you may find you’ve escaped story limbo. Plus, random yelling is fun.


This prize pack will be given away at the conclusion of PiBoIdMo. You are eligible for these prizes if:

  1. You have registered for PiBoIdMo.
  2. You have commented ONCE ONLY on today’s post (as per Annette’s spine-tingling challenge).
  3. You have completed the PiBoIdMo challenge. (You will have to sign the PiBoIdMo Pledge at the end of the event.)

Good luck, everyone!