12×12 Update and Winners of Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa!

I have to tell you this has been a really busy week for me. School is coming to an end, I had projects due, I had my class field trip, end of year karate party and I participated in the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) in Singapore via Sykpe. I want to thank Dr. Myra Garces-Bacsal of Gathering Books for inviting me to be on the Children, Speak Up! panel at the festival. I had a wonderful experience. It was fun to answer the questions the kids on the panel had for me! They were a great bunch of fellow book lovers! I also want to thank Vivian Kirkfield for taking the time out of her busy schedule at the festival to be in the room during the panel. It was cool to say a cyber “Hi” to her. 😀


Because it was a busy week, I forgot to announce the winners of the “Because I’m Your Dad” books yesterday! The winners chosen randomly from a hat by my sister Josie are –

Drum-roll please!


Catherine Johnson and Miss Diann (who is excited to get the book for her school’s library)!

Congratulations! I will email you to get your addresses!

Next up is my 12×12 accountability –


I am trying to do Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge again this year. It is a challenge to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months in 2013. You can click on the 12×12 banner on the right side bar or the one above to learn more about it.

In April I told you I pulled out a book I wrote in second grade. It was a book with folk tales from around the world. I took the stories from that book and made a character that wanders into all the different folk tales. In May, I worked on trying to give a reason to why the boy was ending up in all the different folk tales and making the story have more sense. I didn’t get near as much as I wanted to get done, but I’ll keep trying. I like this PB idea. I think it’s kind of fun and I think it’s funny I am using something I wrote in second grade to help me. Now that I only have one week of school left, I hope to work on it more in June.

Have a great weekend!!!

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27 replies

  1. Wow, thanks Erik, kids will love that book! You sound so busy. Working will be a breeze for you. I love your pb idea. It sounds like it wil blossom in its own time.

  2. Wow! How cool is it that you got to Skype with those kids? Yay YOU! And Yay for the people who made it happen.

    I love your PB idea. It will all come together when you actually have time to work on it! So cool that it’s a book that you wrote in second grade that is providing the “springboard” for it.

  3. Congrats to the winners and to you on participating on the festival panel! Enjoy your last week of school!

  4. You are brave, Erik. When Mom Skypes with her friends, sometimes she holds me on her lap. I squiggle and squirgle till she has to put me down. I’m pretty sure Skype is trying to kill me.

    Love and licks,

  5. Busy! Busy! I’m not even in school anymore and I had a field trip, talent show, and field day this week! 🙂

  6. You sound very busy. I’m sure you are looking forward to your summer break.

  7. Erik, what a great opportunity the conference was for you! How lucky for all the fellow book lovers who had the opportunity to Skype with you 😀 Great book series idea you have! Best of luck 😀

    Congrats, Catherine and Miss Diann on the book win!!

  8. Very Impressive, Erik!! Congrats on your first conference!

  9. Sometimes life’s just like that we run so fast to keep up that we meet ourselves on the way back!

  10. Hi there Erik! School’s out for you! Whee! My daughter is starting with “Big Nate Game On” for her first week of summer holiday. 🙂 The AFCC seemed so surreal. I was actually sick during the first part of that week (coughs/colds – no fever though, thankfully). It was such a whirlwind with the launching of Project Splash! Asia, the launching of my own co-edited book (with Leonard Marcus and Suzy Lee as contributing chapter authors!), then I had to fly to Manila for another kidlit festival right after my book launch, that was crazy! Now back in Singapore, but still catching my breath. 🙂

    • I’m sorry you were sick during the conference! Funny thing is – I was sick too! I was trying not to cough and blow my nose during the Skype thing. 🙂
      WOW! You had a busy couple of weeks. 🙂
      I’d love to hear what your daughter thinks of Big Nate. It’s not my favorite series, but I know a lot of kids love it.

  11. Erik! You are an inspiration to me. You get so much done in the time you are given. I am sure the picture book will be done in no time. I am sure it is percolating in your mind while you are busy with other things and one day it will all come pouring out.

    Good luck with the end of school. 🙂

  12. Great work Erik! Keep plugging on that PB – it has great potential!


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