Have you ever noticed how much counting down we do?
Children do it.
If you don't believe me, just remember back to earlier this month when your child was counting down the days until the guy in the red suit leaves them presents under the tree. In fact, they are probably already counting down the days until he returns.
Teenagers do it.
This group counts down the days until they can get their driver's license, until they graduate, until they move out of the house, etc. They probably count down more than any other group. Probably because they have the biggest amount of dreams with the smallest amount of patience.
Adults do it.
Some of you are doing it right now. Counting down the minutes until lunch time so you can have a break from a tedious job. Counting down the hours until closing time and you can get back home to your family. Counting down the days until it's vacation time. By the time we are adults, we have fine tuned the art of counting down.
Writers do it, too.
Right now, some of us are counting down to the kick off of Julie Hedlund's 12 X 12 in 2012 Picture Book Writing Challenge. A chance to write 12 first drafts (one a month) over the next year as a continuation of all the great work done during Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo challenge this past November. Writers all around the country are looking through their PB ideas and counting down the "best of the best" to work on in 2012. Gathering their thoughts as well as writing materials as they count down the minutes until the new year rings in and their own race begins.
Well, all I've got to say to anyone that is busy counting down to a new year of new beginnings and new discoveries is...COUNT ME IN!
And if you would like to have a chance to WIN some cool writing reference books to help with the 12 X 12 challenge or anything else you might be working on in 2012, why not hop over to my blog from yesterday ( http://donasdays.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-yeara-new-easy-contest.html ) and enter to win some great prizes in an easy contest!