When asked where she gets her ideas, children's book author Kate DiCamillo said, "From listening. From looking. From eavesdropping and imagining. Stories are everywhere and all you have to do is pay attention."
After watching the videos in this post by author Joy Jordan Lake, I am in a Kate DiCamillo phase. My plan is to read my way through her books with my kids, taking notes on what 2 pages a day will buy an author who perseveres. And pays attention.