If you're a writer, you already know this truth: Writing a children's book ain't easy! A month ago, I set one goal...er, actually I set many goals. But pertaining to writing, I set a goal to write an entire early chapter book. I wanted to finish it by the last week of August, in time to share with my critique group. I'd planned to write the whole thing, ten chapters, plus have three chapters polished enough to share. That didn't happen. Like I said, writing a children's book is not easy.
I have two days before I have to submit something and all I have is three chapters —two are first drafts and only one is revised enough to share (I actually revised two, but I lost one).
When the realization hit me that I wasn't going to meet my goal, at first I decided to blame it on my mom, my mother-in-law and my aunt. I'd asked these folks for information and research materials that I could use to write my book. One of these people has been on vacation, the other one tends to forget and probably doesn't remember my request, and the other one refused to answer any of my interview questions at all — and she's a writer!
Ug. I can't blame it on anyone else, I'm writing this book; I'll need to do my own research. Or make stuff up.
Edit to original post: My mom came through! She got all the research materials I'd requested, making a special trip to the library and Des Moines Register. See, a brotha knows he can count on his momma.