Check in January – 12×12 in 2012

I have joined a group challenge called 12×12 in 2012.  The task is to write a full picture book manuscript before the end of each month of 2012.  I am happy to announce that I finished my manuscript!  Originally, I had an idea from PiBoIdMo, the challenge I did last November.  However, tragedy struck our little home.  Our pet rat, Penny, suddenly took ill and died within 3 days.  She was such a warrior. She recovered from 2 big surgeries this past year, all while maintaining her Alpha Female status with her 2 sisters.   Here is a picture of our sweet Penny with her sister, Q.


Out of this sadness came a moment of joy for me as I was able to eulogize Penny in a wonderful  story.  I am very excited about it and can’t wait to work on it some more in the near future.  Here is one of the sketches :

22 Responses to Check in January – 12×12 in 2012
  1. So sorry about your sweet Penny, but glad if her memory will live on in your stories. Love the sketch!

    • Thank you Susanna 🙂

  2. cheryl Velasquez

    Sorry about Penny, but I a glad she inspired you to write your January story. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you Cheryl. Yes, I am glad that something good came out of the ordeal. And she did not suffer long which was also a blessing.

  3. What a wonderful way to remember Penny — my condolences to you on losing her.

    • Thank you Beth!

  4. What a beautiful way to remember Penny 🙂

    • Thanks Melissa. It was a good feeling when the MS was done. It’s great to have her live on.

  5. I am sorry Penny died. This is a nice way to remember her! I like the illustration 🙂

  6. The sketch of Penny’s home looks great — what a great way to remember her. Good luck in February!

    • Thank you, Eric. The same to you! I hope Feb is just as creative as January was!

  7. So sorry for your loss but congrats on crating your January 12x12in2012 Challenge piece!

    • Much thanks Sheri! Yes, it’s nice to have something good come out of such a sad time.

  8. Farewell Penny, RIP

    I am glad your story will live on in a book!

  9. So sorry to hear about Penny. What a great way to honor your pet, though. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I’m glad you are finding joy after grief. Congratulations on finishing your January manuscript.

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss. I do love your sketch.