Loni Edwards

Illustration and Paintings in Digital, Watercolors and Ink

12×12 Halfway There Blog Party!


Congratulations to my fellow 12×12’ers! We’ve made it! It’s the half way point!


In January I started out with lots of creativity and finished the month with my full manuscript, as per the rules. February arrived with lots of health problems in my family. I had to make multiple trips 3 hours away to doctors and surgeons. Somehow, during the final week, I was able to write a MS. Crazy enough, it is one that I feel is the most promising. March, April and May were very busy with college classes. My Spring term had very interesting classes, but very challenging ones also. 4 Term Papers and 4 Finals started June off with a bang. Thanks to the many blog posts I read and the lurking on the 12×12 FB page, I was able to be inspired by my fellow writers and still meet the challenge each month.

Yay! Happy Dance!

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June is almost over, and I was inspired early in the month with a story from a status on FB. Inspiration comes from the most unusual places! Don’t blink, because you may miss it!


So, that makes 6 manuscripts I have when prior to January 2012, I only had partial stories or ideas! Amazing! This journey has been one full of fun, inspiration, and challenges. I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months brings us. Thank you Julie, and thank you my fellow participants who inspire me every day!

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  1. Beth Stilborn 27/06/2012

    It’s so exciting that you’re 6 for 6 despite all else that was going on in your life. A happy dance is definitely called for!

    Happy half-way-there! All the best for the rest of the journey!

  2. Heather 27/06/2012

    Inspiration does strike from the strangest of places! Congratulations on meeting your goals even as you were facing other demands on your mental energies! Cheers 🙂

  3. Sheri Cook 27/06/2012

    WOW! I am impressed. You had much going on and still managed your 6 for 6 in the 12x12in2012 PB Challenge. Cheering you on for the final 6!

    • Loni Edwards 28/06/2012

      Thank you Sheri! I hope the next 6 are a little less crazy than the first 6 were, yet just as creative.

  4. Romelle Broas 27/06/2012

    You definitely faced many obstacles along the way. I’m inspired by your tenacity. Congratulations on completing the 6 ms. With all that you’ve been through, that is worthy of the happy dance- love it!

    • Loni Edwards 28/06/2012

      Thank you Romelle. Yes, I wanted to give up quite a few times. Thanks to the FB group and the blog posts, I kept on going. I am so glad I did!

  5. Julie Hedlund 27/06/2012

    That is one heck of a happy dance! Good for you! Pretty unbelievable considering everything else you’ve had going on. Extra glass of wine for you!

    • Loni 29/06/2012 — Post Author

      Thanks Julie! I will gladly take that extra glass 🙂

  6. Penny Klostermann 27/06/2012

    Congratulations for meeting the challenge with all of the challenges you have had personally! That is awesome and I can feel your pride and determination in your post!

  7. Jennifer Young 27/06/2012

    Your absolutely right Loni, inspiration does come from the most unusual places! Loved the clip – it made me chuckle 🙂 Oh, congrats on your 6!!!

  8. Tina Cho 27/06/2012

    Love the Seinfeld clip! Congratulations on still writing your manuscripts despite all the hurdles!

  9. Eric Van Raepenbusch 27/06/2012

    Wow! Nice work Loni! To get your 6 complete with all that going on in your life is quite an accomplishment!

    Loved reading your post and thinking about how ideas actually come to be stories. An “idea” can be an amazing thing!

    • Loni Edwards 28/06/2012

      Thanks Eric for the nice comment. Yes, when our own lives get so crazy, it is easy to miss those inspirational moments. I am slowly learning to grab onto them when they flit by 🙂

  10. Cathy C. Hall 27/06/2012

    BIG congrats on finishing all those manuscripts–while going to school, no less. I’m feeling a tad inadequate. 😉

    (But thanks for having me to the (blog) party!)

  11. Vivian Kirkfield 27/06/2012

    Love love love the happy dance! And it sounds like you totally deserve to dance all night. 🙂
    Congrats on your school accomplishments and pb drafts! Happy writing in the second half of 2012.
    Hope family health concerns are resolved…my thoughts are with you, Lori.

  12. Joanna 28/06/2012

    Kudos to you, Loni, in getting SIX manuscripts written with all that you have had going on!

    Wishing six more and health to all the family!

  13. Jo Hart 28/06/2012

    Wow, and I thought my year had been busy with doctor’s and hospital visits! Yours sounds even more so. Well done on getting a draft a month written despite all the busy-ness. Isn’t it amazing what can be done when there are set goals to motivate us? Hope everyone is doing better now and fingers crossed for no more doctors/hospitals for your family.

    • Loni Edwards 28/06/2012

      Still a doctor or two ahead with who knows what is in store. 🙁 But hopefully not near as intense as the previous stuff! Thank you Jo. Best of luck to you and I wish the same good health to you and your family! Congrats on half-way! We can do it!

  14. Melissa 28/06/2012

    Congratulations on 6 for 6, especially with everything else going on. Here’s to the next 6 months.

  15. Laura Anne Miller 28/06/2012

    Loni – I love the happy dance! I feel like all we 12x12ers are in one big group just like that!! That video made me feel the joy I have being part of this group – I think I even heard cheering in the background. Congrats to you rising above the trials and meeting your goals! Blessings for the next 6 mo.

    • Loni Edwards 28/06/2012

      Thank you so much Laura Anne! I wish the same of you! Onto the finale! 😀 *cheers*

  16. Julie Rowan-Zoch 28/06/2012

    I certainly hope those you love are now in good health, that you passed all exams and, more importantly than grades, you feel good about your academic, literary and family-glue achievements! Wow! Thanks for the happy-dance!

    • Loni Edwards 28/06/2012

      Thank you Julie! Yes, this past term showed me I can accomplishment a lot academically. It is amazing how much when pushed a person can do. It wasn’t the most fun term, but I finished very well, better than I had anticipated. For that I am so very grateful to myself. Thanks for your comment!

  17. Erik -This Kid Reviews Books 28/06/2012

    HA HA HA HA HA! I love the happy dancers! Congrats! I am joining the happy dancers! 🙂

    • Loni Edwards 28/06/2012

      I giggled when I first saw the .gif! It’s exactly how I feel. Perfection :)! Glad to make you smile Erik!

  18. Donna L Martin 28/06/2012


    Congrats and I love the happy dance you got going on…;0)

  19. Rena J. Traxel 29/06/2012

    That’s great! Inspiration does come from the most unusual places.

  20. Carter Higgins 29/06/2012

    May I join you for a happy dance?!!

  21. patientdreamer 29/06/2012

    I’ll join you for the happy dance..lol. Inspiration sure comes from some unusual places, congrats girl for getting where you are today…whoooohooo… Cheers!

  22. cynthia iannaccone 30/06/2012

    Rena, Happy half way! and good luck with the next 6….love the dancing!

  23. cynthia iannaccone 30/06/2012

    Sorry, I meant to say Loni. Too much partying I think!

    • Loni Edwards 30/06/2012

      Haha! That is ok! I get “Lori” a lot, but this has to be the first Rena 🙂 Thanks Cynthia!

  24. Deb Lund 02/07/2012

    Now that’s the best happy dance yet! Love your cute illustrations…

  25. Rebecca Fyfe 02/07/2012

    I absolutely love the happy dance clip you posted! lol! Happy Halfway! 🙂

    • Loni 04/07/2012 — Post Author

      I’m glad you liked it Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  26. Lynn A. Davidson 02/07/2012

    That dance clip is so funny. Congratulations on accomplishing so much under stress. I’m sure the rest of the year will be just as successful for you.

    • Loni 04/07/2012 — Post Author

      Isn’t that hilarious? I had to put it on my post. I giggle every time I see it. Thanks for the comment Lynn!

  27. Catherine Johnson 03/07/2012

    You made it to 6 with all those obstacles, that’s amazing. Well done, Loni!

  28. Stacy S. Jensen 05/07/2012

    Loni. Wow you are busy. I agree inspiration can be found in unusual places. I’ve saved several FB status updates and tweets through the years for “story ideas.” Good luck over the next six months. Fingers crossed all the health issues are resolved and the obstacles are less.

  29. Damon Dean 05/07/2012

    Wow…6 x 6 in spite of stones and sticks and everything else life threw at you! Great accomplishment, Loni. Hoping for an easier 6 months ahead for you.

  30. Jarm Del Boccio 12/07/2012

    You have persevered through many challenges…kudos to you, Loni! Sorry it’s taken me so long to comment. Life has been busier than expected…

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