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Over the last few years, I’ve had quite a few bad ideas for stories.

This is good, because if you gather up enough of them, you can entertain yourself for a while. Today, I went through my stack of idea notecards and pulled out some of the worst.

Why do this? I guess as a reminder to myself that not every idea works as a story, so why not have a couple laughs.

In this story, I imagined a table or something hanging around, talking about the good old days when she was part of a tree.
This was a real "mess with the reader" idea, where I just try to make whoever is reading the book really self conscious about how we blink all the time.
I really get into trouble when I have play on word ideas. This idea is about friendship gone wrong.
I think the joke here is that all robots are naked.
I swear these are all real ideas that I was at least a little excited about when I wrote down. There have been a few "__ on a Bike" books before, and so I thought the image of a bike riding a bike was funny.
Okay, I'm really exposing myself here. Apparently, when I try to come up with funny story ideas and things really go south. Although this book kinda did happen.
The play on words idea might not be my forte, but I don't think the rhyming idea is either. I just imagined toast-shaped ghosts popping up when you push the toaster lever down.
Sometimes an idea comes, and you think about it for a minute, and then you have to say "It's just not me". 
I've had a lot of meta picture book ideas, and I think it's really hard to have one that makes sense as a book. In this idea, there's a character who's just really mad that it's so cold, and she keeps bugging the reader to dial up a couple notches on the heat.
Another tree-related one. I just pictured a tree standing there with a cape flowing in the wind. An immobile hero seemed interesting to me, but things kind of stall out quickly from there.
No comment, other than I'm sorry.
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I'm an elementary school librarian, podcaster, writer, and drawer. I contributed to The Creativity Project and wrote The Very Last Castle, illustrated by Mark Pett, and Blue Floats Away, illustrated by Grant Snider. 
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