It’s a Blog Party!

I have a feeling this is going to be one of those parties where I wake up in the morning and think, “WHAT did I DO???”

You are about to witness epic levels of humiliation, but it is for the best cause I can think of — celebrating the end of this amazing, wonderful, fantabulous 12 x 12 in 2012 picture book writing challenge with the finest writing friends around.

I promised you a music video set to my lyrics for a Beastie Boys song re-titled, “You Gotta Write!” And as Horton would say, “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. A (challenge leader’s) faithful one hundred per cent!”

Never mind if I will never live this down. CONGRATULATIONS everyone for making it this far. Whether you wrote 12 picture book drafts or not, you’re all winners! Now without further adieu, here is your video:

If you are participating in the Blog Party, here are the instructions:

  1. Write and publish a post on your blog celebrating (or lamenting) the end of the 12 x 12 challenge between today (December 12) and December 15.
  2. Include the link to your post on the Linky List below. (I really, really hope it works!!!) Please make sure you link to your specific Blog Party Post.
  3. Please use the fancy-schmancy image (above – top left), originally designed byΒ Linda SilvestriΒ that I feebly doctored to make a Blog Party badge for us. Β Please paste the fancy-schmancy badge on your blog post with this link embedded:Β
  4. Share with the world!

Congratulations everyone!! We made it! Make sure to visit all of the other Party Hoppers in the Linky! (Click link below to see them all. Sorry but until I can get my web guy on it, I can’t make the links display on the post)

Categories: 12 x 12 in 2012, Authors, Creativity, Entertaining, Friendship, Picture Books, Writing · Tags: , , , , , , , ,



  1. Oh Julie! I love this. Laughed so hard, I thought I would wake kiddo up. Thanks for everything and this … well, it’s the icing on the cake. Perhaps, American Girl will decide to do a 2012 version of it’s Julie doll. Very creative!

  2. This is hilarious, Julie! I don’t think I can even come close with my blog post. Still deciding… Now your song will be in my head for the rest of the night!

  3. OMG! I just come home from the hospital and turned on the laptop, and burst into laughter, my husband is now convinced I have joined the “Hippy Writers Guild 2012″….LOL.This was priceless, Julie! You deserve to let your..umm… hair down. Party on Sister!

  4. HaHaHaHaha!!! You rock, Julie!! πŸ˜€

  5. Brilliant!! That was so much fun, Julie! Thank you for creating this amazing community and congratulations on your new app, I can’t wait to get my hands on it and may it be the beginning of many publishing successes for you.

  6. Hahaha! Brilliant! Loved it! I’ve got my party post up too, but it’s nowhere near as fun as yours!

  7. Julie, I sat here in disbelief when I saw your “get up”. πŸ™‚ I laughed and then I cried. You are a lady who seems to be afraid of nothing. Thank you for pouring your heart into 12×12, and for throwing your hair … er .. your hat into the ring for a fantastic job well done. Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration to just go for it.

  8. Ahahahahahahahahaha I am laughing so hard tears are falling. You have a second career now. πŸ™‚ Thanks for EVERYTHING!!! Merry Christmas, my friend! And a zillion hugs too.

  9. That video is so fun. Now I know how you do it all, Julie. Unbelievable energy! Not to mention mega courage πŸ™‚ Thanks for the smiles and laughs. And thanks for a great year of 12 x 12 in 2012. I’m just setting up my blog to launch next year. I’m hoping I can join the party and post something on my blog before it’s over on the 15th.

  10. Our fearless leader! πŸ˜€ Once again you stand holding the door wide open for us all to walk through to reach our own creative goals. Thanks!

  11. Whoo hoo! I love your alter ego! You must give her a name! So funny and I love how your family was involved! Thanks for all you do, Julie! Looking forward to 12 x 12 in 2013! I think I’ll have “You gotta write, to re-write!” in my head all day! (Which is good because uh, I gotta write…) πŸ˜‰

  12. That. Was. Awesome!!! Julie you are so funny! Loved this πŸ™‚

  13. Julie, I love it! I don’t know how anyone else can top that, but I’m headed over to the linky list to see what everyone else came up with. My own post feels a little like vanilla ice cream now. You rock, girl!

  14. Now I know who to call for a sassy girl’s night out! You rock! I laughed my tears out! What an amazing human being you are, Julie! I don’t think any other being has earned the title ‘fearless leader’ more that you! Thank you from for everything, Julie. Your challenge, this community, has meant so much to me this year – I can’t wait for 2013! PS – where do we get the tatoos!

  15. Love the video. So awesome! I bow my head to you or fearless, creative leader.

  16. This is my new favorite thing on the whole internet. KICK IT!

  17. Julie, An amazing video & an amazing year! Still working on draft #12, but confident that I will finish it before the start of 12×12 in 2013! THANK YOU!!!

  18. You totally rocked this Sista! Hahahahah, I am still laughing. You’re an amazing, creative leader, Julie!

  19. You are the most awesome of Julies! Thank you for braving the music video world, and THANK YOU for 12×12. My post is up, and I’m celebrating what an amazing journey this has been.

  20. Julie, I have never laughed so hard in my life! That was the funniest stuff I have seen in ages! You are the bomb!!!
    Thanks for the 12×12 party and the funniest video ever (you should do an encore!)

  21. Julie, when I logged on earlier I was at the library and couldn’t watch the video. I’m so glad I came back — it’s hilarious! You rock! I love the tattoo. Great party kickoff! Your kids did great with that Beastie attitude, too.

  22. Goshβ€”I never imagined this side of you, Julie!!! What a hoot! So fun… So grateful for you…

  23. Fantastic! Loved it! I think you missed your calling as a rock star, Julie!

  24. Laughed so hard my side aches. Congratulations for bravely posting your video! It shows that you’ll do anything to move us on our writing journeys.I love it! As I’ve said before you have been a visionary in this wonderful undertaking for writers! Hats…err, hair –off to you!

  25. Made my day, Julie. You ROCK! You’ve got the moves and the rock star attitude to go with the rockin’ hairdo! That song is going to stick in my head all day… :o) Way to party it up, Julie!

  26. Julie, you ROCK! That video was awesome! I loved it! Your bravery is inspiring. Thank you for 12×12. P.S. I think you would be a lot of fun to go to a karaoke bar with…am I right? πŸ˜€

  27. I love that video!! And I’ve so enjoyed being part of 12in12! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year. Thank you so much for doing this.

  28. OMG! That was so awesome and funny you look awesome Julie. Thanks so much for a super year.

  29. Absolutely hillllllarrrrrious!! So fun, so brave! Thanks for the laugh out loud moment! 12 X 12 really ROCKS!

  30. Oh dear, I almost spit out my lunch. You need a disclaimer on that hilarious video. πŸ™‚

  31. Hahahahahahahahah! Hilarious! You are totally awesome! Thank you for making and sharing that video. I will link to the list tomorrow or Friday. : )

  32. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! *snort* HAHAHAHAHAHAHA-AAAACK! *falls off chair* HEEHEEHEEHEEHEE!!!! I *hold on a second* HAHAHAHA! LOVE THIS! “Look out because here comes my air guitar solo” HAHAHAHAHAHA! I’ll be posting tomorrow about the party! Thank you Ms. Hedlund!!

  33. Just got home from work! Amazing video! Love the 12×12 ‘tattoo’. πŸ™‚ You are now eligible to eat as much chocolate and goodies as you want for the next day…week…year!!!! That was a high impact aerobic workout, Julie!
    Thank you so much…for the year of inspiration…and for this hilarious video…that has a crucial message…yes, we have a right…to rewrite…our story…and we need to…many times over. πŸ™‚

  34. I think you should join the Beastie Boys! πŸ™‚ Not only do you rival them for song-writing ability, you totally have The Look πŸ™‚ Thanks for having your genius idea and the energy to see it through – we have all benefited so much from every aspect of 12×12! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to write and rewrite and rewrite my stoooooory!

  35. Well done Julie, that was fab! Thank you so much for creating the concept of 12x12x12 and building such a fantastic network of like minded people. I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the challenge. I now have 12 drafts to work on next year which I am really looking forward to. Merry Christmas!

  36. Love the wig, Julie! My post pales in comparison. You take the cake for the cleverest entry…but you deserve it for all your hard work. We have all benefitted by 12×12, and look forward to another amazing year!

  37. Brilliant, Julie! I applaud your dedication and your spirit!

  38. This was hilarious, Julie! I was rockin’ with you on this freezing Swedish morning! You certainly started my day off with a laugh — and some wild hair waving. I think you should now start a 12 x 12 for music lyricists: ) And thank you for much for the flash of “The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister” at the end of the video. She’s rockin with us too!

  39. Thank you, Julie. You are a rockin’ inspiration!

  40. OMG. This needs to go viral! Friggin’ brilliant! You ROCK, Julie!

  41. My sister just ran in the room to see what I was laughing and screaming about. She asked, “Who is that doing the Beastie Boys?” I replied, “Our fearless literary leader!” To which my sister replied, “She is busting some serious moves, huh?” We are both still laughing at this delightful, fun video. We certainly needed a laugh like this, too. This was a from the gut, lean back and holler laugh. Although I don’t think Salt ‘N Peppa have a thing to worry about; however, those dance moves are on par with the Soul Train dancers and that air guitar solo…classic! This is too fabulous! Rock on 12×12! Rock on Julie Hedlund!

  42. This is going to be in my head for the rest of the day! Maybe every time I sit down to revise! Thanks for sharing a great year of 12 X 12.

  43. This is just awesome, Julie. Just awesome. πŸ™‚

  44. Great fun, cant wait for next year. Thinking outside of the box and moving my writing forward. Doing what I have been doing is not making the grade so the video definitely made me laugh and think ” wow” let’s take it up a notch for 2013. What a ride this will be for all who join in. Thanks.

  45. You ROCK! Video was awesome!

  46. I’m a bit late to the party because I was too busy finishing the challenge. Looks like heaps of fun all round and here’s my little addition to the party:

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