Dawn is another close friend of mine who I met last year while preparing for RhyPiBoMo. She joined the Facebook group and we soon found out how much we both love to rhyme. She offered to help with the event and at first I declined her help but soon realized this beast of an event could use another pair of hands.
So, Dawn is our Admin for RhyPiBoMo and Critique Group Coordinator.
(There will be more info about rhyming critique groups coming soon!)
She is so organized, so supportive and really a great friend and I must add…an amazing writer as well!
We are now critique partners and have since met and hugged in person at the SCBWI Conference in Los Angeles last summer. We shortly thereafter rode in an ambulance to the hospital together so I could have emergency hand surgery as I needed she and Tanja both to hold my uninjured hand! Needless to say, we three are bonded in literal blood as we experienced true friendship.
Dawn has worked incredibly hard on what we are about to unveil to you! This was her brainchild and I was more than happy to participate in this rhyming surprise that she has been working on for months!
I know that you will absolutely LOVE it as much as I do!
Thank you Dawn for your friendship and all your dedication to RhyPiBoMo!
without further ado…
I present Dawn Young’s
As writers, we know we’ve chosen a tough business to break into, and unfortunately, we know it’s even tougher to break into if you write in rhyme. No matter how good your rhyme is, and how perfect your meter reads, we know that many editors and agents refrain from rhyme, making those seemingly insurmountable publishing hurdles even higher for rhymers.
And even though I enjoy writing in prose, deep down inside I’m a rhymer, rhymer;) I am determined to scale those extra inches, feet or miles because …
I’m All About That Rhyme!
Follow this link to your RHYMING SURPRISE!
Dawn Young has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. Analytical and mathematically-minded, Dawn worked for years at a large aerospace company, where she read and wrote hundreds of corporate documents, none of which were titled The Little Engineer That Could or Don’t Let The Pigeon Fly the Airbus. After leaving the corporate world, Dawn’s creative spirit called her to a career in writing. When she isn’t doing parodies, she is busy writing, tutoring math and assisting Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen with her KidLit Writing Picture Books A-Z’s courses. You can visit Dawn’s blog at http://pbookcrazy.com/
RhyPiBoMo 2015 Optional Writing Prompt
This is NOT part of the pledge. It is an option for a writing exercise for those interested. You will not publically share this as part of RhyPiBoMo but may keep a journal of your writing this month for your own review.
Now, you get to write your own parody about writing in rhyme to the song Yankee Doodle…Here’s a YouTube link to a karaoke version of Yankee Doodle.
I want you to have fun and feel the rhythm! Writing poetry and rhyming picture books requires you to be able to find the rhythm in the pacing and stress of the sounds and syllables of your words. Yankee Doodle has an obvious beat so tap your foot when singing your parody. If your writing has rhythm you should be able to tap your foot along when reading it out loud as well.
RhyPiBoMo Mission Statement
My goal is to guide those aspiring to write rhyme and poetry through the process of learning the craft and offering resources, lessons, writing prompts and the wisdom of experienced folks in the business to improve the reputation and quality of rhyme and poetry for children.
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What a fantastic video! You and the girls were so entertaining to watch. It was hard to listen to the words of the very upbeat song. My toes were a’ tapping and my fingers were a’ snapping. Thanks for a very uplifting treat.
Thanks Sandy! Glad we got you tappin’ and snappin’!
Good job mom
Thanks Remi! Good job dancing! ❤
That is one lively tune. It was almost hypnotizing and definitely hard to turn away from. Great start to a new year of Rhy Pi Bo Mo!
Thanks Sue, glad you enjoyed it!
Rebecca Forester is still dancing in her seat! What a fantastic surprise and kickoff! I’m still singing…I’m so in awe of peeps who can rhyme ~ hoping to learn a lot this month. (I know that I will)
And props to your wonderful backup dancers and singer! :d
Thanks Rebecca! I love that you;re still dancing! 😉 The girls say thanks too – they’re a talented bunch!
What clever lyrics, Dawn! Love the great kickoff for RhyPiBoMo. Sandy Perlic
That was awesome Dawn! You go girl. 🙂
Here are my silly 4 lines that I managed.
A rhyming poodle sat right down
Trying to write two verses
Got stuck on lousy dactyls
And barked four hundred curses.
Thanks Darshana! Great job on your (Yankee) poodle poem! How fun!
Wow,Dawn! That was entertaining. I love that song. Thanks for getting all in the mood to rhyme. Pia Garneau
Thanks Pia! Glad you enjoyed it. We’ll be rhyming (and singing) all month!
Thanks Dawn. You and your co-stars were great! I’ve set the rhyme aside for a while so I’m ready to start again!
Thanks Mary. And the girls say thanks! Glad you’re bringing rhyming back too!
Hi Dawn. Great parody with some very nifty rhyming and fab backup dancers. Good to find another rhyming engineer – I thought I was the only one!
Thanks Nadine! You’re an engineer too? We’ll have to chat sometime!
That would be great Dawn – looking forward to it 🙂
Fantastic job and quite an impressive way to start it all out.
Thanks Clark. Glad you liked it!
Way to go! I’m ready to rhyme. Janet Smart
Thanks Janet! If you’re ready to rhyme RhyPiBoMo is the place to be!
Go Dawn! Go Dawn! Go Dawn!
Thanks Maria! 🙂
Very clever. Perfect challenge to kick off the challenge. Love the video, too.
Thanks Maria. Great to “see” you here!
What fun! I love the video Dawn.. just awesome!
Thanks Deidre! It was fun to make too!
Dawn, what a great kick-off video! Thanks for the fun, up-beat opening of Rhy Pi Bo Mo 2015.
Thanks Ginger! 🙂
Oh what a terrific video! Loved it. Thanks for the challenge with Yankee Doodle! Looking forward to a great month.
Thanks Maria! So glad you liked it 🙂
Hilarious rhyming surprise!!! That’s awesome 🙂 Nice to meet you, Dawn.
Thanks Stephanie, nice to meet you too!
Ok you have my attention – let the fun begin !! Jennifer Mcrae
Ha! Thanks Jennifer!
Comment from Cynthia: How fun! I hear the original version of that song all the time while I’m driving.
Thanks Cynthia! I love that song, obviously 😉
Dawn, Thank you for taking the time to make something so fun to share with us! Ready for the challenge! Susan Schade
Hi Susan, thanks for watching!
Let the “all about the rhyme” rumpus begin. Clever! – Marianne Gage
Thanks Marianne! 🙂
Maria J Cuesta
What a funny musical surprise!
Love it!!! Congrats!!! Awesome job!! 😉
Thanks Maria. What a nice response! 🙂
Great job on the video Dawn!!
Thanks Lynn. 🙂
Sydney O’Neill: Your video is a fun way to start RhyPiBoMo, Dawn. Thanks!
Hi Sydney! Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.It was fun to do too!
I “met” Dawn at Sudipta’s class! Hi, Dawn!
HI Kathy! Great to “see” you again! 🙂
Sarah Harroff: Good rules to live by in that chorus. Thanks for the original lesson, Dawn.
Thanks Sarah. I had to sneak in those rhyming rules 😉
Dawn, you and your girls are sensational shinning stars. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm. Let’s get the RhyPiBoMo 2015 party started.
Aww…thanks and my girls say thank you too! 🙂
Ann Kelley – You’re very creative! Loved the video! What a great start to RhyPiBoMo!
Thank you Ann! 🙂
Dayne Sislen- Loved the video and the song. The girls are so cute in the background. Yankee Poodle is giving me inspiration. Thanks
Thank you Dayne. Two of those cuties are my twin daughters. I was so happy they agreed to join me!
still singing’ this in my dreams… 🙂 Karen Nordseth Roos
Ha! Once it’s in your head it kind of stays there huh? That’s how it’s been for me…Day and night 😉 Thanks for watching and singing!
What a fun parody! Loved it, Dawn 🙂
Thanks Kirsti. Glad you enjoyed it!
Loved the parody! FUN! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Debbie! 🙂