The Right Enviorment

This past Friday morning I woke up and stared around my room and asked myself. How can I write, work on my picture book and raise three sons with piles of notes, photos and school artwork laying everywhere? I also became fed up with the entire room being the same color of white! I had photos piled on a shelf over my head that I feared might pull the shelf off of the wall, along with notes from Barney & Lexi that I had worked up before I rewrote it and sent it off you NYC. To top it off, my sons, Lynden and Ethan’s artwork from the end of school was laying about and that is the one thing I proudly love to display, it also makes them feel awesome!

Thus, I laid out my plan to remedy the situation. That Friday night, after my sons fell asleep, I began taking everything down and off of my walls and piling them onto the little table that rests in what you might call my kitchen but is so small, you might think otherwise.

I then made through five hours of work on my saturday morning. Between the few customers we had that morning, I spent my time gathering rollers, brushes and paint for my room. I found an awesome color that went great with my carpet, (I needed something that complimented the tan carpet, since the white did nothing but make it look dirty). I also wanted more work space to write and do layouts and rewrites. I brought home some lumber to add-on to my existing desk which was soon to be place in a different area.

I went home, cleared my room and began filling nail holes. Then came time for the moment of truth, PAINT! After four hours and two coats the room not only looked great but got me even more excited about getting back into it! Before I could do this, I rented a Rug Doctor and cleaned my carpet, not once, but, twice! Dear god there was so much filth in it, it was hard to believe my sons played on it!!

I put in new electrical outlets and a new light switch to top it off. Last night (saturday night) I was up until 2 a.m. working on it before I succumbed to the pressure of fatigue!

I woke up at 9 a.m. and went right to work on my new desk. I cut my lumber and stained it to match my current desk, which turned out awesome! I then began to move everything back in and place things back onto the walls in a fashion I found motivational. After almost 24 hours of work it is almost finished and look outstanding. When I am done I will have to show you!

Well, next Sunday is the first start of the summer edition of the picture book, I will have some great shots to share and as always looking forward to hearing from you wonderful folks!! As it is 9 p.m. I best let my own folks turn in for the night, thus meaning, I need to leave the internet behind for another week.

Take care and LIVE WITH PASSION!!

Change The Enviorment

This past Friday morning I woke up and stared around my room and asked myself. How can I write, work on my picture book and raise three sons with piles of notes, photos and school artwork laying everywhere? I also became fed up with the entire room being the same color of white! I had photos piled on a shelf over my head that I feared might pull the shelf off of the wall, along with notes from Barney & Lexi that I had worked up before I rewrote it and sent it off you NYC. To top it off, my sons, Lynden and Ethan’s artwork from the end of school was laying about and that is the one thing I proudly love to display, it also makes them feel awesome!

Thus, I laid out my plan to remedy the situation. That Friday night, after my sons fell asleep, I began taking everything down and off of my walls and piling them onto the little table that rests in what you might call my kitchen but is so small, you might think otherwise.

I then made through five hours of work on my saturday morning. Between the few customers we had that morning, I spent my time gathering rollers, brushes and paint for my room. I found an awesome color that went great with my carpet, (I needed something that complimented the tan carpet, since the white did nothing but make it look dirty). I also wanted more work space to write and do layouts and rewrites. I brought home some lumber to add-on to my existing desk which was soon to be place in a different area.

I went home, cleared my room and began filling nail holes. Then came time for the moment of truth, PAINT! After four hours and two coats the room not only looked great but got me even more excited about getting back into it! Before I could do this, I rented a Rug Doctor and cleaned my carpet, not once, but, twice! Dear god there was so much filth in it, it was hard to believe my sons played on it!!

I put in new electrical outlets and a new light switch to top it off. Last night (saturday night) I was up until 2 a.m. working on it before I succumbed to the pressure of fatigue!

I woke up at 9 a.m. and went right to work on my new desk. I cut my lumber and stained it to match my current desk, which turned out awesome! I then began to move everything back in and place things back onto the walls in a fashion I found motivational. After almost 24 hours of work it is almost finished and look outstanding. When I am done I will have to show you!

Well, next Sunday is the first start of the summer edition of the picture book, I will have some great shots to share and as always looking forward to hearing from you wonderful folks!! As it is 9 p.m. I best let my own folks turn in for the night, thus meaning, I need to leave the internet behind for another week.

Take care and LIVE WITH PASSION!!

More Agents

As I end my night and am about to make my way for home, I wanted to let you know that I sent off some more query emails for my writing. All will go well I am sure! Lord do I miss having the internet at my own home! These have to be so short!

Father’s Day

Being that it’s Father’s Day, you can figure that I did not shoot any photos today! I did spend half of this much warmer day with my three amazing sons, who went and got me some really cool shirts and shorts for the summer, which is almost upon us! To say that I am truly blessed with my children is such an understatement! Thank You to Lynden, Ethan & Rylen, boys, your Daddy loves you lots & lots!!

 

After my sons went home with their mother, I have spent the second half of this Father’s Day at my fathers. It has been a year since I gave his work car a through detailing and with it the day for DAD, I spent four hours going through his car with a vacuum, armor all & a soapy hand mit! By day’s end, he had a vehicle that appeared to have just been driven home from the dealership! Just one very small gift to a father who has taught me so much in my 33 years here. Happy Father’s Day DAD!

 

I will begin next Sunday with a new picture disc, this time it will be for Summer! I will be starting in the last quarter of the county that has yet remained untouched by my cameras lens! By summer’s end, I will have covered the entire grid of Lawrence County Illinois for the first out of four times for this project. The Four Seasons Of Lawrence County will have four volumes, one for each season. I figure to be one-fourth the way through as of this moment. Cheers to that!

 

With regret, but also with a lot of pride, my son, Lynden’s baseball season has come to an end. Now with two months of no son related events until after school picks back up in late August, it is time to pedal down on the picture book, and Jack (my collaboration) and work on Marky, Slash & Levy getting to an agent. As for Barney & Lexi, things are looking way up!

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Thanks also must go out to you! After one week away I have returned to so many polite and simply awesome comments! Thank You so very much! I want to end by wishing you a great Father’s Day and remember to Live With Passion!

This, That & So Much Of The Other.

Well, this started out as a blog for Marky, Slash & Levy and is turning into a hodge podge of my writing in general, if only I had the internet at my home to do this nightly, instead of on Sundays.

I wanted to fill you in on the awesome news last week I received about Barney & Lexi. Last week the wonderful Nicole, whom I met at the Connecticut Fiction Fest last year in New Haven. Read B&L and like it and expressed some interest in it after she sells a project she currently has! That’s the best news I have received in the eight years, since I began Bk1 of Marky, Slash & Levy! So with fingers crossed, a little knock on wood and a little prayer, I am grateful for such wonderful news!

I also have a ton of works going on at the same time! I have started on my sixth book entitled: ‘The Boondock Kids’ which will be fantasy based. It will be my first book to cover both the real world as well as the fantasy realm. I hope to complete it by next summer! However, Marky, Slash & Levy was only set to be one book, thus, we’ll see how TBK turns out!

I have also began a darker project I will simply title “Jack” right now with my best friend’s Marky (a.k.a. Marky) sister A.B. Walters! It is very interesting because, it is darker but exciting being a collaboration with a good friend. I look for it to be a multi-book series as well!

I am also preparing to begin the ‘Summer’ phase of my four volume picture book of Lawrence County, Illinois. I have over 1,500 photos and that is not even covering the whole county one time through one season yet!

Well, I must say that I feel as though I am dropping all of this on you and then skipping town with me not having the net at home, but it is what it is I figure. I was asked if I had a P.O. Box so I could receive post mail, which I said no, perhaps it would be an awesome way to connect with you, my faithful readers, as I am ever so grateful that you take the time to read my hodge podge of gibber jabber.

Let me end tonight, (so my parents can go to bed, lol) by saying what has gotten me to this wonderful cross roads in my life: “Live With Passion”!

When You Think It’s Lost (There It Is)

I’ll have you know that last week, after heading home from my folks house (which is where my only source of the internet comes from) I found a pair of khaki shorts on the floor that I had forgotten to wash and inside the pocket was the ‘Spring’ picture disc that I had previously thought to be on its way to the local landfill! Grateful to say the least, I quickly placed it on the self with the other discs and took in a big sigh of relief.

Did I also mention that last week a New York City agent wrote me and said she liked Barney & Lexi (my short story, written three years ago)? As a writer, it is words that one spends years waiting for. The agent currently has a project from a current client that she is trying to sale at this point, but does seem interested when it does sale. I am so grateful for her taking the time to write me and giving me the best news I have had in eight years! Fingers crossed, knock on wood, and (with what ever your own personal belief is) say a little prayer.

As for this Sunday’s post, it is clear that there are no pictures. That’s because I didn’t shoot any. I must say that the lack of “funds” this week has left me with little to eat and just enough gas to get to work for the week. The forty dollars that it takes every Sunday for gas and to print the photos was not there. I do apologize! It is also the start of summer and I want to show some level of change between seasons if at all possible.

I want to end by saying that since the beginning of 2012, my life has been nothing but on the up and up. I attribute that to being grateful for what I have, knowing what I will have and driving my passion towards what I love rather than be distracted by what I don’t want. If I can ever give advice to you, my ever faithful reader it is something I have long been ending by saying: “Live With Passion”! Thank you so very much for reading!

Barney & Lexi Enjoy An Agent!

With very little time left to write tonight, I just wanted to tell you that a literary agent I sent Barney & Lexi too likes it!! The greatest news since the beginning! I’ll post more later. I have no internet at my home and only have access once a week at my parents after taking photos!

The Roads Less Traveled

Well, again, I must apologize for not having the internet at home. I’m sure you must get tired of hearing my babble on like some crazy fool about the subject, but I am so grateful for your reading and replying to my posts! It is because of this, I feel as though I’m cheating you out of great stuff by only posting once a week. Please know I am working towards fixing that issue!

It rained just enough last night that ground was no longer a rock-hard slab of soil. I laugh when I find myself having amusement in the simple fact that as I drove down gravel roads today, an enormous dust trail did not follow! It’s silly, I know, to find this exciting, but it really was!

I covered my own back yard today, covering the area I grew up in as a little boy! It was strange, to say the least, to travel down black top roads, I knew so well at the exhilarating pace of 10 m.ph.! I was truly eating my own words when I said way back that you see more at a slower speed. I saw my old running ground as a beautiful landscape of greens and pinks and blues, not to mention, so very quiet! I would snap a photo and then simply stand in the middle of the road and listen to the wonderful sound of nothing!

I also made my way down two roads that I had never been down right behind my parents own house! One led into a wonderful field of freshly planted corn and the other led to a dead in, in which, I, once again, put my faith into four-wheel drive to turn around. To that I must tell my ’96 Jimmy, “Thank You”!

So many roads today were clearly less traveled, with grass growing up through the rocks in the middle of the road. Imagine driving for two miles down a grass-covered county road and not hearing a single thing but the cool air blowing and not a house in sight in any direction!

I am grateful to have this day and to be able to share it with you is the icing on the proverbial cake! I do hope you continue feeding me comments, I enjoy reading them so very much! It is 8 o’clock p.m. and I must leave the kitchen table of my parents house and return to my own home to do my laundry. I will have more next Sunday!

Live With Passion!

 

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