Southern Illinois Country Living

I think I have magazine fever! Every magazine that might be interested in the Lawrence County picture book is getting hammered by yours truly with material! I am so freakin’ passionate about this picture book that I am not taking anything less than my dreams! Great feelings! I just sent info off to Illinois Country Living Magazine, here’s to making dreams…reality!

 

P.S. No word from the Chicago Tribune yet, still, that doesn’t mean we slow down. It’s full speed ahead.

Broke Down With A Smile

I want to take this moment to apologize for no post the previous weeks. I enjoy posting my progress and just as much, enjoy reading wonderful comments from everyone who reads!

To let you in on the truth, one month ago, I paid my cable bill with a check by phone. Then, two weeks later my service was disconnected. I called the cable company and was informed that the company had made a mistake entering my account information and the payment was not received. I gave them another check by phone and later even got a bill in the mail saying the payment was received.

It was last week that my new Jimmy lost all of its oil pressure, leaving me to walk to work this, and last week. I took the vehicle to a mechanic and, after a week, picked it up and returned to work. Within three miles, I had lost five quarts of oil and returned to work with my engine smoking. It will be monday before the mechanic can pick it up which means not pictures again this weekend.

I returned home to find my cable and internet turned off again! I called the cable company and found out that they had missed up on my account information and did not get their money, even after I received a bill from them stating that they had! Now because of their mistake, I am three months behind on something I have never been behind on before.

With that said, I have no vehicle to travel the country roads to take more awesome photos and no internet to upload them to share with others. Lol, I guess it does leave me with more time to read a book instead of writing them.

I am still so very grateful to be alive and healthy and have three wonderful sons who absolutely love me. I love life and am crazy passionate about the picture book and starting my next written novel, however I am regret, very much that these situations have delayed me from my works. It will be an interesting week to say the least, all of my money went into my Jimmy.

I should have it fixed next week and I will try to find a way to post my progress. As always, thank you so very much for reading!

Broke Down With A Smile!

I want to take this moment to apologize for no post the previous Sundays. I enjoy posting my progress and just as much, enjoy reading wonderful comments from everyone who reads!

To let you in on the truth, one month ago, I paid my cable bill with a check by phone. Then, two weeks later my service was disconnected. I called the cable company and was informed that the company had made a mistake entering my account information and the payment was not received. I gave them another check by phone and later even got a bill in the mail saying the payment was received.

It was last week that my new Jimmy lost all of its oil pressure, leaving me to walk to work this, and last week. I took the vehicle to a mechanic and, after a week, picked it up and returned to work. Within three miles, I had lost five quarts of oil and returned to work with my engine smoking. It will be monday before the mechanic can pick it up which means not pictures again this weekend.

I returned home to find my cable and internet turned off again! I called the cable company and found out that they had missed up on my account information and did not get their money, even after I received a bill from them stating that they had! Now because of their mistake, I am three months behind on something I have never been behind on before.

With that said, I have no vehicle to travel the country roads to take more awesome photos and no internet to upload them to share with others. Lol, I guess it does leave me with more time to read a book instead of writing them.

I am still so very grateful to be alive and healthy and have three wonderful sons who absolutely love me. I love life and am crazy passionate about the picture book and starting my next written novel, however I am regret, very much that these situations have delayed me from my works. It will be an interesting week to say the least, all of my money went into my Jimmy.

I should have it fixed next week and I will try to find a way to post my progress. As always, thank you so very much for reading!

A Splendid Easter Sunday!

Unlike normal weekends, I did not have my three sons last night because of this morning being Easter Sunday. My ex-wife wanted the boys to be with her when they woke up, so I picked up the sons at 10:30a.m. and brought them back to my house to surprise them with more goodies to pick through. Instead of them heading back to their mother’s home the four of us headed to Vincennes, Indiana where some of my grandparents live for a wonderful lunch and Easter egg hunt! After some time there, we returned to Illinois, were it took the boys to their others grandparents house for their Easter dinner. From their I headed for home, where I changed out of my better clothes and into more comfortable threads for photo taking!

I left my house and headed towards the Lawrence County line, this time however, I began north of Sumner, Illinois as I started the northern section of my spring trek. After having a wonderful day with my boys, the bright sunshine and the cloudless sky only added to my sense of peace today! This was, however, the dustiest day I have encountered thus far! It seemed that no matter where I traveled the enormous dust cloud followed behind me and made me appear as though I was blazing down the gravel roads, as opposed to the crawling at 10m.p.h that I was really traveling.

I have seen more tractors today than since I began, but truthfully, when you begin in February, how many tractors are going to be in the fields? Though it was Easter Sunday, I saw many farmers out in the glorious daylight, tilling up the earth to make way for the seeds they would soon soe! I must have counted 14 tractors left parked in the fields, sitting like sleeping giants waiting to be woken up. Their were more tractors today than people it seemed! This is also a very sparsely populated area of Lawrence County and homes were very much, few and far between.

Working with a shortened timeframe today, I did still manage to capture some absolutely beautiful creeks and ominous crossroads! This day has been one to remember, to say the very least! This day began great and ended quite awesome, smashed in between was so many smiling memories that have left me ever so grateful to be alive and able to capture these physical images. Until next Sunday, live with passion!

Off To The Chicago Tribune!!

My Dedication, My PASSION!

It took a handful of days but I crammed everything I had covering the entire collection of my works thus far into that manila envelope! First, I made sure I still had copies of Book One and Book Two of Marky, Slash & Levy. I then printed out my weekly letter, which I send to Chicago every Sunday! Then I made sure that the information about Barney & Lexy were included. I carefully selected a handful of the over 700 photos I have thus far from The Four Seasons Of Lawrence County picture book. I completed my mission by adding myself, in a way! I put every bit of my passion into a cassette (yes they still make them) and squeezed it into the packet!

I am the type of person who enjoys motivational phrases and stories, therefore I made the package unique by writing down some of my most favorite sayings onto multi colored post its and adorning the entire package with them and then covering the package with clear packing tape. It looked awesome! I raced down to the post office, which was partially sealed off after someone tried to add a drive through, and paid my postage and watched my passion go into the bin to head out into the world!

My goal? I am going to get myself a story in that paper and inspire others to read what I have conquered on the path to the success I have now and what lies ahead. Theres been hundreds of hours spent in my career and I what those who are on the brink of giving up on their dreams to know that it isn’t over, they can do it. Success, I’d be telling a bold face lie if I said I wasn’t trying to get Marky, Slash & Levy, Barney & Lexi and the Lawrence County picture book more exposure but success is only at it greatest point when you can share it with others and pay it forward!

So, to the wonderful journalist at the Chicago Tribune who has had to endure my letters every week for five months, I say, “Mrs. Judy, let get some people inspired!”

Off To The Chicago Tribune!!

My Dedication, My PASSION!

It took a handful of days but I crammed everything I had covering the entire collection of my works thus far into that manila envelope! First, I made sure I still had copies of Book One and Book Two of Marky, Slash & Levy. I then printed out my weekly letter, which I send to Chicago every Sunday! Then I made sure that the information about Barney & Lexy were included. I carefully selected a handful of the over 700 photos I have thus far from The Four Seasons Of Lawrence County picture book. I completed my mission by adding myself, in a way! I put every bit of my passion into a cassette (yes they still make them) and squeezed it into the packet!

I am the type of person who enjoys motivational phrases and stories, therefore I made the package unique by writing down some of my most favorite sayings onto multi colored post its and adorning the entire package with them and then covering the package with clear packing tape. It looked awesome! I raced down to the post office, which was partially sealed off after someone tried to add a drive through, and paid my postage and watched my passion go into the bin to head out into the world!

My goal? I am going to get myself a story in that paper and inspire others to read what I have conquered on the path to the success I have now and what lies ahead. Theres been hundreds of hours spent in my career and I what those who are on the brink of giving up on their dreams to know that it isn’t over, they can do it. Success, I’d be telling a bold face lie if I said I wasn’t trying to get Marky, Slash & Levy, Barney & Lexi and the Lawrence County picture book more exposure but success is only at it greatest point when you can share it with others and pay it forward!

So, to the wonderful journalist at the Chicago Tribune who has had to endure my letters every week for five months, I say, “Mrs. Judy, let get some people inspired!”

As always, live everyday and do it with passion!!

The Chicago Tribune

As the clock on my computer screen turns 12:02 in the morning, I have just completed my blog for my picture book (lawcopicbook.wordpress.com) I am preparing to change over to my kitchen table and continue work on a packet of material I have been working on for the past two days filled with my current works and information about the picture book (I should say books since it looks to become four, one for each season). I am so passionate about Marky, Slash & Levy that I want only the very best that I have to offer to make its way to Chicago! FOr the past four months, I have been sending letters to the publication involving my work and the idea of doing a story with them to inspire others to reach for, not just their dreams, but what they are passionate about!

My goal? To have this packet completed by day after tomorrow! I want it to grab a certain journalists attention and not just get them intrigued but get them excited to help others through a storyline! So, it is with that level of energy, I log of for tonight (or this morning, lol) and get back down to it! Live every day with passion!!

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