12×12 Halfway There Blog Party!!


It is a 12×12 in ’12 blog party today! It is also the 12×12 halfway point! YAY!

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.

OK, OK, on to business – WE GET TO CELEBRATE!

Here goes –

At the beginning of 12×12, I thought I would only get 1 picture book manuscript done. Yes, that was my goal, one picture book manuscript. Well, not only did I already get TWO picture book manuscripts finished so far, the book I did for a school project (“Abraham Lincoln from A to Z”), was bound by my school! My school was nice and took all of the books we kids did to a local book-binding company and had them bound and they gave them to us. I know it isn’t like a real published book, but it still is cool to see a book I wrote in a hard cover and it made a lot of us kids even more interested in writing!

I would like to thank all of those people out there who have encouraged me so much and especially Julie Hedlund who is the creator and host of the 12×12 challenge. I give you, a big…


and a happy dance…

To all the 12×12’ers out there, CONGRATULATIONS on  making it this far! 🙂 

To celebrate I have made a little LEGO guy that is supposed to be me (as a LEGO guy) writing, with a lamp and a glass of water. Enjoy! 😀

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  1. Congrats Erik, you’ve done so well. Not many people try non-fiction pbs off the bat. And that lego is super 🙂

  2. Fantastic that your school bound your book as a keepsake. Some day, you will look and say “I wrote my first book…” to encourage other kids, even your own. You have achieved many things this year. Congratulations! A great day to celebrate! Love your lego likeness!

  3. Wow!!! Fantastic Erik You have always been an amazing inspiration to us and like Pat has already said, you have achieved so many things this year. Two manuscripts and a bound book already, that is so cool! I am happy dancing with you my friend. Great lego too.

  4. Oh my, your Lego guy is fantastic! And YAY YOU for already exceeding your goal — and for having a bound book to show for it. That is so cool, and what a wonderful idea of your teacher’s, to do that for everyone. You ROCK (and so does your teacher.)

    I’m so glad to be part of a group with you, Erik. YAY 12×12!!!

  5. Congratulations Erik! Cool Lego you.

  6. Erik,

    I don’t think it would be possible for me to love this post any more. How cool that your school bound your book!!! I wish all schools would do that for kids.

    I appreciate your thanks to me, but honestly I must really thank YOU! You have inspired me immensely during this challenge. It is all the more special to have someone your age on board and giving us feedback on our writing as we go along.

    Keep it up, Erik, because you are GOING PLACES!!! 🙂

    • Thank you Ms. Hedlund.

      I really enjoy doing 12×12. I am so happy you started it. 🙂 I wish we could have another “12×12” next year… except for the fact that it would be 12x12in’13. 🙁

      P.S. Keep up the awesome work you do! You are one of those poeple that make the world a better place.

  7. Great Job Erik! Keep up the great work! How neat that your book is bound, you should be very proud.

  8. HAHA! You throw a great party, Erik! Love the LEGO you AND the fact you have written a REAL book with a cover and everything — that is fabulous! My goal for 12×12 is three picture books, so maybe we’ll both finish with the same number — and if so, I will join you in the happy dance!

    Congrats on everything you’ve already accomplished this year, and all the things I’m certain are still to come in the next six months. Yay!

  9. Hooray for you! Cool lego and I love the A-Z theme :).

  10. Wahoo, congrats Erik! Love your blinded book – that’s really neat you got other kids interested in writing 🙂

  11. You. Are. My. Hero. I would love to read your A to Z book. Awesome idea. Love the Lego guy too. 🙂

  12. Way to go Erik! What a great idea for a book and I love the sign language pictures of the alphabet letters! I can’t even imagine how far you’re going to go in life!! I’ll be proud to say I knew you when!

  13. Wow your A-Z bound book looks so cool. This is a great party and you are such an inspiration. I am joining Snoopy!

  14. Your party is Awesome! Way to go! So proud of you to have a bound book and two manuscripts! I knew you were going places.

    I’ll be proud to say I knew you when… 🙂

  15. Congratulations Erik 🙂 LOVE your Lego guy – must ask my kids to make me one, but a girl…

    It’s wonderful your school has been so supportive of your writing too 🙂

  16. That’s so cool, Erik! When you are famous, don’t forget us 12×12 little people!!

  17. Congratulations! The book looks wonderful and what a great keepsake. I love the lego!!!

  18. Hi Erik,
    Super cool Lego guy! Ultra-super cool bound book! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments…this blog being only one of many! I’m thrilled to be part of Julie’s 12×12 with you. 🙂

  19. Awww, Erik, I really like the look of your book and your Lego man is awesome!

  20. Wow! Congrats, Erik…the book looks professionally published! And I love your Lego writer…well done,

  21. Congrats on your picture books! Not only are you a reader, but also a writer! I like the lego display too. 🙂

  22. I LOVE that your school bound your book! And thanks for sharing the photos of it. I would love to read the entire book. Your lego-you is the bomb!!!!! Great post, Erik.

  23. Love your Abraham Lincoln from A-Z book. That’s so cool your school bound it! And I love your Lego guy! I have a 6 yr old son who is very much into Legos! Congrats. Happy 6x6x12 to you!

  24. Your Abraham Lincoln books looks wonderful (and I love the Lego man). Congrats on a prosperous half-year. I hope the next six months are just as rewarding!

  25. Erik, I’m so impressed by your involvement with the writing community. Keep up the great work. I’m glad that you love reading and writing. You have a bright future ahead of you!

  26. Congratulations, Erik! Two picture books (how cool that one is bound) in addition to maintaining your excellent blog and everything else you do in life. Wonderful! I love your Lego Erik, Legos are one of the best toys ever.

  27. Congrats Erik! So cool that you have one bound! Looks awesome! Here’s to 6 more months of inspiration and creativity! Love the Snoopy happy dance 🙂

  28. I LOVE THAT LEGO GUY!!! I’m pretty impressed with your book on Mr. Lincoln as well. Good luck with the next six months and thanks for having me to the (blog) party!

  29. Erik, your book looks great! It is so cool that your school went the extra mile to get it bound for you. Treasure it!

    Love the Lego Erik! Good luck during the rest of 2012!

  30. Erik, what a great blog party! I feel the energy in the happy dance, the warmth in your Lego guy smile and the AWESOME A-Z Lincoln book. I would love to read it – Lincoln is one of my favorite history figures. I’ve also read bio on Mary Todd, visited their house in Springfield, his tomb and law office. This is my first visit to your blog – it is very professional and you are amazing now – but you will be one who achieves greatness because you believe in your dream and follow it. Congrats on your accomplishments and blessings in the next 6 mo.

  31. Congrats on meeting your goals and then some! YEA!! Wishing you a very creative next six months in 12x12in2012 Picture Book Challenge!

  32. Cool, your book sounds interesting. Congrats!

  33. Happy Happy Half Way and good luck with the next six!

  34. Eric, I have fallen behind .. but as the ‘cow’s tail’ (and it’s important too, because how else could she swat those nasty flies! 😉 ) … I want to join you in the happy dance. You are doing great! Now that you have a book published at school – (no matter how it was done it is published) – you are well on your way. I’m sure you can complete at least one more manuscript for 12×12 as well, if you put your mind to it. And I must add, Lego Eric is almost as cute as you! How nice that you have a writing buddy. 🙂
    I am so proud of you.

    • Thank you Ms. Davidson! At least you are still on the cow! 😉 I am glad you like LEGO Erik and my book and my unfinished manuscript! 😉 I am glad to have YOU as a writing buddy! 😉

      • haha. Yes, good point .. still on the cow.
        And please forgive .. for some reason I started spelling your name with a ‘c’ instead of a ‘k’. No idea why I did that when I know the difference.
        You are sweet, thanks for calling me your writing buddy. It’s wonderful to have one (you) and to be one (yours). 🙂

      • Don’t worry, I get the “c” instead of a “k” a lot. 😉 I am glad to have you on the cow. (Hee Hee) 😀

  35. Love the Lego writer! Here’s wishing you many more happy dances…

  36. Awesome post! I love your little Lego writer! 🙂

  37. Erik, I’m really late. I thought I commented, but I guess I commented on someone’s FB post of a link to your blog. Congratulations on your book and on the work you have done in 2012. I like your Lego self.

  38. Erik, that’s fantastic! Love your Abe picture book, wish we could read it. I’m an old history teacher, and that sounds like a great project. Your lego-ego is neato too. Keep connected, I enjoy your posts when you can comment.

  39. Fantastic to see your book bound and in print! So exciting 🙂 And I love your Lego guy – he looks just like you 🙂

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