Something’s Coming!!

My plans last night was to work on The Boondock Kids once my boys had gone to bed. I was not thinking about the grass I would have to cut though. I had let both of my yards go for too long between writing on the weekends and working on my rental house. I had to mow and ran into trouble about 20 minutes later.

My second mower quite running because the high grass over heated the motor, leaving me with a much cheaper push mower as the only option left to cut the grass. What only takes one hour to mow, took just over three hours. I was very hot and admit that my woork schedule had a say in my tiredness last night.

I picked up my boys and spent the night ordering a pizza and having a great dinner. As we sat around the living room eating, I struggled to remain awake. As 9:30 came around, Rylen was already asleep while Lynden was growing tired. we all decided to turn in and call things a night. Only Ethan remained awake, watching television for a short time.

This morning we had another great breakfast and played some board games and even a little on the Nintendo which has become a Sunday afternoon routine for us now. Lynden and Ethan went with their mother on a short trip while Rylen and I drove one town over and ordered two vanilla milkshakes. The store was busy, giving us a reason to take a country drive as we drank our shakes.

We eventually came into another neighboring town and decided to visit so grandparents. It was a good time spent and allowed me a great evening with Rylen. Then it was time for him to return next door to his mother and I began laundry. Done and put away, I sat down and worked in another page of The Boondock Kids.

The Kids were all laughing at Kelmare and his comment that a classroom seemed to be a wonderful place to sit. It was then that they reached a large plateau area that gave them a vast area in the mountains that allowed them to see various levels of mist in the air.

Kelmare was asked how they were to go any further and he happily pointed out a gentle slope that led off of the left side of the plateau and further along in the valley. Mario and Sindy led the way towards the slope when Louis stopped. When asked what was wrong, he replied that something did not feel right and he felt as though something was coming.

Mario and Sindy did not feel anything and assume that Louis’s fear of heights might have their friend a bit nervous. As they began to make their way over the side, Cristena also stopped, saying she too felt as though something was coming. Kelmare then peered over the edge of the plateau for a moment but could not see anything.

Louis and Cristena made their way towards the center of the plateau  and began to look around. This made Mario and Sindy slightly cautious as they moved away from the slope and towards the center as well.

The, From out of nowhere, a seven foot tall creature floated up from the valley and hovered just over the edge of the plateau. I had long pointed fingeres and toes, white spiked hair and had cobalt black eyes that almost appeared hollow. It’s black duster overcoat flapped in the air as the creature hovered.

Sindy asked what this creature was and Kelmare knew immediatly that they were in trouble because before them was a Whimsic!!

As the day ends and a new week begins, I want to wish you a wonderful Monday! Oh, I almost forget, a date of October 3rd has been set for me talking to a high school writing class. I am super excited about this and look forward to setting a concrete time.

Work, Rest, The Boondock Kids and Barney & Lexi

As Saturday found it’s way to the noon hour, I was freed from the bonds of a ‘day job’ and made my way home to spend some time with my kids before they left for a weekend getaway with their mother and step-father.

Lynden had gone with me to work at my evening job and was a huge help for me! Since he had spent the night, Ethan and Rylen came over to see me before leaving. As Rylen watched cartoons, I watched Ethan play a game on his tablet. Lol, it was here that a 70 hour work week was catching up.

I watched Ethan play but at times heard him ask, “Are you getting sleepy Dad?” I did my best to hide it but he is so good at seeing right through it and knew I was a bit sleepy. None the less I watched him play for a while before it was time for them to go on there little trip.

I laid down for a rest after they left when 20 minutes into that rest, my mother called and invited me to eat with her and her husband in a town over from me. I went out and had a great evening, even if my Pasta Alfredo was not the greatest. I came home with a full stomach and with the sleep setting in, decided to take a night off of work on my writing.

I woke up at 10 a.m. which is very late for me, but I felt well rested. I caught up on the national news for some of the morning before going to my rental house and scraping the walls of loose paint, taking down light fixtures and removing outlet covers so I can clean the walls and begin painting.

As the evening closed in, I finished my work and returned home to shower and begin work on more queries for Barney & Lexi. I know that an agency is interested in B&L but with so much on the line, I do not want to simply sit back on my laurels and expect it to just come to me. I have to wait until 2017 and want to know that I covered all of my bases. I sent out three more Query Letters tonight. I have learned that researching the agent is such a good measure because you don’t want to write someone who has no interest in your writing, plus, showing you care about there interests is a big plus to showing your attention to them as well.

I then did my laundry and went to work on another page of The Boondock Kids.

As the kids walked with Kelmare through the Clawthorne Mountains, the four realized that they had moved a great distance while not feeling as though they had moved that far. Kelmare explained that, in Spyderia, time can pull on your steps in micro ways that when you don’t realize it, can pull you along without any sense being known. This confused Mario, Louis, Sindy and Cristena.

Kelmare explains that when they aren’t thinking about gravity and distance, they become part of the Spyderian Escalator which can pull there steps micro steps further and making one step closer to two without them even noticing it. Kelmare then explains that his species is able to move quickly from one point to another because they have the ability to control their thoughts in a way that they move rapidly across the escalator.

Cristena then questions how Kelmare can help them move from danger with him since they can not control their thoughts as well. Kelmare then notes that when physically connected by holding handles, time does not know the difference and assumes that the connected entity is Kelmare and all would be transported at his speed.

Although complex, The Boondock Kids are intrigued by this process and continue onward through the mountains.

Well, it is now time for my bed and I to say goodnight. Work will come early and last late so I want to wish you a wonderful Monday ahead and hope you make the most of the new day!

Relief In Sight

With the beginning of this week, Mother Nature brought what many of us here in southern Illinois have been wanting, in the form of cooler weather.

Last night, I took my kids out to a small ice cream shop, one town over and we had a great time! I listened as Lynden told some very funny jokes and we played ‘I Spy’ for over half an hour, all the while eating some very good ice cream cones and hot fudge sundays!

This morning, Lynden and I made eggs, sausage and cinnamon rolls, all of which Ethan and Rylen inhaled until they were both full. We played some, as we always do, before they had to leave earlier than normal for some fun times with their mother and step-dad.

The free time allowed me to venture to my rental house and install the floor in the bathroom. After a couple of hours the plywood was down and you can walk into the bathroom without having to stand on floor joist only! Now that the house has safe floors it is time to move onto preparing the walls for paint!

I came home and began work on The Boondock Kids and have another page completed. Tonight finds the four friends following Kelmare into the Clawthorne Mountains. As they walk, only their footsteps are heard echoing between the mountain tops. The four find this strange and ask Kelmare why they can hear nothing else.

Kelmare explains that the mist between the mountains is thick and almost like a filter. Only sounds of the right pitch and frequency are able to find their way through the mist and echo about. He also explains that the mountains of The Misty Claw Hollow (the Clawthorne Mountains and The Misty Mountains combined) has season and once the light mist season arrives it is less difficult to hear other sounds, however, they were in a thick mist season and that was why they could not hear anything but their own footsteps.

Sindy then asked Kelmare about being seen by the Zephermyte Army and was assure that since the Zephermytes had not seen them they were safe since a Zephermyte will not look far beyond it main objective. Had they been seen, they would be in danger but were very much safe.

As they walked on it began to seem like they had traveled a long distance compared to the time they had spent traveling. It is then that they all question Kelmare about how time and travel work in Spyderia.

My next project is to work on my article for Tri-State OUTDOOR Magazine. I am being paid for an article on my picture books and the journey it took to complete it. I look to have it finished this week and look forward to its print.

Until then, I wish everyone a great start to the work week and hope you all Live With Passion!!

 

Barney & Lexi Reach Indianapolis!!

Last week, I sent Barney & Lexi off to Indianapolis to three great kids!

My phone went off this morning and I had a great moment sent to me that I sometimes do not get to witness away from the signing table. The father of these three awesome readers sent me a video of them getting their books! I stood at my day job and could not stop smiling! The joy of reading is a valuable gift and I am honored for Barney & Lexi to be in their lives!

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Later this evening, the good father wrote me a message and said that his son sat down and began reading it and could not put it down until it was the end! That is better than gold to me!!! I am so very happy they each loved Barney & Lexi and hope they cherish them for all time!

I apologize but I worked later tonight and I am almost ready to pass out at my desk. I did get my first check tonight and my weekly rate will be around 180 a week that will go into a savings account for my writing and all things associated with it! Here is to the future!!Have a great Saturday and never stop believing!!

End The Heat

I will be honest, I would rather be warm that cold but I am very much ready for the Fall weather to begin. It was very warm at work this morning and I was outside in the heat some of the afternoon.

While at work tonight, I ran into the schools guidance counselor whom I spoke with for a time about writing and my books. I then was asked if I would like to participate in the schools annual career day in the winter and discuss writing and what I have done up until know.  I said I would enjoy that and that was left at that for now.

There isn’t anything else tonight but a pillow and a bed to welcome me. I am typing with one eye open and am almost asleep, but I am so grateful for my first check tomorrow from the second job and that will go right into a savings account for my writing and the rest will be history!

I hope you have a wonderful Friday and enjoy the end of the week! Stay positive!!

It Took 12 Years Of Hard Work To Hear This!!!!

Today has been a day that I will never forget!

During my morning work, my inbox went off and I previewed it on my phone. That means I read who is sending it and the first part of the sentence. I stopped work just long enough to see that it was from a literary agency and began by saying Barney & Lexi was an interesting concept but… That was all I could read and upon seeing the word ‘BUT’, I smiled and kept on working, simply assuming it was another gracious pass on one of my books.

BOY WAS I WRONG!!

After getting very hot this morning, I came home for lunch and look through my emails. I came to the email I had previewed earlier and opened it. I won’t jinx it by saying who it was from but the email was from the founder of a long standing literary agency and was in regards to Barney & Lexi! This was no rejection letter though!! I read onward and when I had finished, the 12 years of hard work, ups and downs and hard times became all worth it!!!

The email did begin with telling me that Barney & Lexi was interesting, however, the ‘but’ was not a rejection but rather an explanation saying the agency was not taking on any chidren’s books for the remainder of the year. It then read, that if Barney & Lexi had not been picked up by another agency by year’s end, that I needed to write this founding agent back after New Year’s, with a copy of today’s email so they would remember us talking. Then we would discuss Barney & Lexi: Lost In Lawrenceville!

I thank my God for this moment and am humbled by it and am grateful for every single person who has supported me when it seemed so far away. I can not wait and see what lies in store for the two unlikely friends in 2017!! Here is to the reality that nothing is impossible!!!

As I have just came home from my second job, I am getting a quick soda and heading to bed to get up at 5:45 and begin my day! I wish you a wonderful Wednesday and hope you find everything comes your way!

Labor Day Work

What a great Labor Day it was for me and I hope, for you also! After a great cook out last night, my 8 year old, Ethan, wanted to come home with me and spend a second night with me. That made me feel so happy and we had a great day together, we had breakfast, I did the laundry, we then watch cartoons on the television. I admit that we are really getting into a Nickelodeon show called ‘Loudhouse’ about a boy named Lincoln Loud who lives in a house with ten sisters.

We ate lunch as the laundry finished and was put away, we drove up the street to the local dollar store and got drinks and a snack. Ethan then showed me a new game he had on his tablet. I admit that one of the most wonderful feelings is to lay next to your child and hear them as they sleep or play on a tablet, lol. I have not had a full day with Ethan, alone for some time and am very grateful for such a memorable day!

The evening eventually came and Ethan walked next door to his mothers home and I got to work on query letters and researching agents for Barney and Lexi. After a couple of hours on research I put together four query letters, wrote a friend of mine about gaining some advice on two speaking engagements I will be doing at schools for my writing. I also found out that my magician friend, Daniel’s wife, Elle, does book cover design for an american and Philippine based publisher.

I then worked in another page to The Boondock Kids which saw Mario, Louis, Sindy and Cristena following Kelmare down the Lower Valley Stairwell. Sindy and Cristena were using there feet to clear the steps before them of the small rubble pieces and dust so they could safely walk. Louis began to mimic the girls and soon began kicking the dust onto Mario’s right leg. Mario brought this to Louis’s attention which broke Louis’s  attention to the steps and he began to stumble. Sindy and Cristena turned just in time to see Louis falling towards them. He crashed into them both, knocking them forward as well.

Thankfully, Kelmare was just able to stop their fall before they were to hit the steps. Louis apologized, however, Mario rushed to them taking responsibility for Louis not watching his steps. No one was harmed and it was then that everyone realized that they were only a hundred or so steps from the bottom of the stairwell.

“99, 100, 101, 102, 103,” Mario and Louis said as they reached the last step of the stairwell.

Now The Boondock Kids are at the base of the Clawthorne Mountains and are about to follow Kelmare through the fog, to the Drane River which will lead them right to Serabantha Castle where they can safely see the castle from an outlining range of hills at the end of the castle grounds.

As the work week begins again for many, I wish nothing but a wonderful Tuesday and hope nothing but a positive day comes everyone’s way!

The Black & White Pillars Of Lower Valley

I have to begin tonight as a very thankful parent. Lynden’s left foot was not broken yesterday and he looks to heal after a week or so!! I was so very worried that it was broken and no parent wants their child hurt. Sent home with a boot to wear and crutches, he is feeling much better and returns to school tomorrow.

Today, the weather was enjoyable and I got to have lunch with my grandmother and my aunt who had drove home from Vermont for a visit. We always meet at a local dive that has some amazing food when she is home. Today was no exception and we sat at a corner table and had some great conversation.

This evening, I helped my grandmother out and aired up a car tire that had gone flat on her. I made my way home afterwards for dinner and working on The Boondock Kids.

As Mario, Louis, Sindy and Cristena saw now stairs leading down to the Lower Valley, Kelmare then offered to ‘remedy’ that problem.

He walked over to the left, black pillar and placed his hand on one of the black stones and left it there for a brief moment. With his hand still held out, he walked gently over to the right, white pillar and placed his hand upon one of the white stones and held it in place for a brief moment.

After lowering his arm, Kelmare returned to his friends who began to feel the ground beneath them begin to gently rumble. Cristena asked what was going on and Louis feared it was a quake. once the tremor had gone, Kelmare explained that he had ‘remedied’ the problem and asked The Boondock Kids to see for themselves.

Slowly making their way towards the black and white pillars, they each were shocked to now see before them, a stone stairwell that had emerged from the side of the cliff.

Now, as Tuesday has arrived, I wish you a wonderful day and hope that all finds you well and happy! Have a great day!