Brussel Sprouts, Spiders and 12×12

First Brussel Sprouts –

Last week I read a post about  a brussel sprout recipe on Emily Smith Pearce’s blog (see the post HERE). My mom had just made brussel sprouts the week before and they were pretty good so I told Ms. Smith Pearce we were going to try the recipe on her blog. Well, we did! I helped my mom make them. We made them as part of Sunday dinner. The ingredients are olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper … and brussel sprouts. You fry them in a cast iron pan then put it in the oven at 450F until they are brown. Everyone LOVED them (even people who usually don’t like brussel sprouts)!

Next Spiders –

I read a post about spidergrams on Catherine Johnson’s blog (see the post HERE). I didn’t know what a spidergram was or how it to helps you write and Ms. Johnson explained it to me and asked if I would post mine on my blog…well here it is! (Oh, and don’t worry Ms. Johnson, I am still planning on making the Yorkshire pudding too 😉 )

This is the (sort of) poem I made from it.

“The Great Life” by Erik

The mountains are as pointy as the blades of grass, which are as soft as the flowers.
The rocks are hard and full of minerals.
The forest is full of animals and hiking hikers.
People own or rent cabins by the water where the amphibians roam.
The furry mammal sinks its teeth in to the reptile’s scales.
Life in the mountains is a good one (unless you are the reptile).

Ms. Johnson said it’s neat if you make the poem so you put the words together randomly, but that was kind of hard for me. What do you think of the one I made?

Now 12×12 –

For those of you who don’t know, I am trying to do Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge. It is a challenge to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months in 2012.  You can click on the 12×12 banner on the right side bar or the one above to learn more about it. I asked Ms. Hedlund if I could participate even though I didn’t think I could do all 12 but I wanted to try to do at least one and she said it was OK to do what I could. Here is what I did this month.

I couldn’t decide which PiBoIdMo idea to work on. It was hard to think which idea may be really good. I chose to work on idea #5 . The note in my idea note-book was “kid lives in a bookstore – can swim in books and make book angels”. Here is the pictures I drew in my idea book.

I wrote down some more notes about the story. I think the kid may live in a magical book store where he/she could really swim in books or make castles out of the books OR the kid could just be dreaming about it and then wake up and go to the library and find all the stuff he/she was dreaming about. I’m not even sure if  the kid is a boy or a girl yet. I kind of like the magical book store idea but I also like the idea of the kid waking up from a dream and going to the library. I’ll keep working on it and let you know next month how it is going.

You can help me decide! Should the main character be a Boy or a Girl???


My little sister Josie started a blog of her own 🙂 It is called “Animals and Art”. You can click HERE to go to it or click on the Hello Kitty Ninja on my right side bar or below! Please check it out! 🙂

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35 replies

  1. Thank you Erik 🙂

  2. Wow! You are full of information today! The brussel sprouts sound good (they are not my favorite, I confess, but the recipe sounds like it might help them a lot :)) I had to ask Ms. Johnson about the spider gram, too! I really like how you showed us your process – for both the spider gram and the picture book. Your idea sounds fun – I hope you’ll be able to write it! And Now I’ll hop over and check out Josie’s blog 🙂

  3. Wow what a fun post Erik. Your spidergram is great and I have to say, you not all put the words together but you made a beautiful poem. I don’t know how old you have to be to put your poems on but I’ll find out because they would love this one. Well done Erik. You could even make another one that doesn’t make sense and just randomly put the words together. Two poems using the same words! Your picture book idea sounds fun and I like the picture you drew. Are you practising so you can illustrate aswell? Will check out Josie’s blog too 🙂

    • Thank you Ms. Johnson! I think I’ll try the random one. It seems hard for me but I’ll try again. I think “it doesn’t make sense to not make sense”. HA HA! 🙂 I’m glad you liked my poem! I’ll check out the link! The pictures I drew were more like doodles for notes. Sometimes it’s easier to make a ddodle for a note. I am trying to become a better drawer. I like to draw but it’s not something I do well.
      Erik 🙂 🙂

  4. Ah, your poem made me laugh. I love your sense of humor! And it’s really good to see you writing. (Lol, creatively, I mean. You write more than any kid I know.) 😉 You have such a talent for it. It’s super that you’re learning and trying different ideas, methods and genres. You stretch yourself, and you’re going to become better and better.

    The brussel sprouts sound wonderful. I love almost every plant food except bananas, and I can’t grow them in my Michigan garden anyway. I’m going to give them a try! Thanks for sharing.

    Okay, Josie, I’m coming over…

  5. I love your idea doodles, Erik. I love to doodle as well and I often end up jotting down a quick doodle of an idea. For instance, the January page of my desk calendar at work is covered with drawings of owls as I’m working on some owl craft ideas right now. (Last night I drew robots on the Feb page)

    I LOVE your story idea! I think the character should be a boy. I like the idea that he dreams it and then when he wakes up he goes to the library and finds out that you really can do anything and go anywhere there. Maybe he’s a boy that doesn’t like to read, then he has the dream and becomes a boy who loves to read?

    Okay, I’m off to see Josie’s blog before I head to work. I’ll be adding her to my blogroll as well. 🙂 Ya’ll have a good day! ~ Cindy

  6. I can attest, the brussel sprouts were excellent (but I always liked brussel sprouts)!

    • I’m not much on brussel sprouts but I have done something very similar to asparagus and it’s super yummy. But then I love asparagus!

  7. I love your idea of a kid in a bookstore. I think that it is better if your main character actually has the adventure instead of dreaming about it. It will make it much more exciting for your readers.
    Keeeeeeeeep writing.

  8. I too am a sprout fan. I like them cooked with little bits of bacon!

    I like the idea of doodling ideas for a picture book, not just writing notes! I am borrowing this one. Your picture book idea sounds cool and I vote definitely a boy.

    Off to visit Josie’s blog now!

    • We’ve had them with bacon bits too! I think I like the ones we just made more. I think drawing a doodle is sometimes quicker than writing it down. I did make a couple of notes around my doodle though.
      Thank you for visiting Josie’s blog!

  9. Will be trying the brussel sprouts as soon as I get them from the store! My husband and I love them and I hope we can win the kids over with this recipe! I also really like your kid-in-a-bookstore idea and can picture the actions you doodled well!

  10. What a very newsy blog. Like your story idea — and your picture doodles. Creative. I voted. Loved the brussel sprout recipe, as we eat them. But, just with butter. Never thougt to bake them. Will have to try it. We grew them in the garden when I was a kid — back in the dark ages.

  11. I’m not so young, and I had never tried brussel sprouts until my wife made them a few weeks ago. I really liked them, but I still don’t enjoy asparagus.
    Congrats on your goal to complete the 12 x 12 challenge.

  12. This made my day, Erik. Thanks! And I loved your spidergram and idea doodle. Great ideas both that I will have to try. I vote for the character being a boy. Keep writing!

  13. Well, you’ve been busy, Erik! I love the surprise waiting for us at the end of the poem – didn’t see that coming!

    I’m so glad you’re doing 12×12, and I think your concept is really intriguing. Who wouldn’t want to live in a bookstore? I agree that the challenge isn’t easy – I finished my draft at the very last minute! But I’m going to try my best, just like you.

    Your sister’s blog is so much fun! I left her a comment on the chinchilla post. 🙂

    See you tomorrow for PPBF!

  14. Erik, I was watching this amazing video earlier and when you mentioned a boy/girl living in a bookstore, swimming around books, it all clicked. It’s called The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

    Hope you check it out soon. (It’s a 15-min video.)

    I’d love to live in a bookstore, too …

  15. Not sure how I missed this post but I am so going to make these brussell sprouts. The recipe has everything I love, garlic, balsamic vingar and of course brussell sprouts! Thanks for sharing.

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