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!!

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!

The Whimsics Of Clawthorne Mountain

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Well, I am on vacation and I would be lying if I said that I was not enjoying myself. I woke up this morning and was able to take my children to the barbershop that is in the next town over from me. I never have the opportunity to take them during the week because of my work and their schooling.

Today was different though! We climbed into my Jimmy and  drove five miles and was fortunate to arrive at the barbershop with no other customers there! Having three boys in to have before-school haircuts meant that there would be no wait time and that was a great and rare  thing!

My two oldest sons pay no attention to their haircuts but rather talk up a storm while they are getting one. My youngest however, watches every moment of his haircut and often twitches as if the clippers pull his hair. His eyes are always in the mirror, watching the barber as he trims.

We sat and watched Olympic Volleyball while the barber worked his magic. The USA team was beaten by a slightly better team from Spain. It was a good three-set match but in the end the better team won.

The haircuts were finished just as my boys mother arrived to take them on a trip out of state to do shopping for school clothes. I got three big hugs as I paid the barber and walked out the door. My children went to have a great time and I returned to 1 Imaginary Fox and went back to work on The Boondock Kids.

Mario asks Kelmare how they will travel to Serabantha Castle and he replies by having the four friends look out, over the bluff and towards a large mountain range. He asks them if they see the grey, near lifeless mountains in the short distance and the Boondocks Kids all reply yes. He then tells them that the mountains before them are the Clawthorne Mountains and that while grey and nearly lifeless, the mountains are a part of Misty Claw Hollow and shares this hollow with the Misty Mountains to the north.

In the mountains, Kelmare describes how quiet and tranquil the mountains are and also that a fog settles into the mountains that is thick enough that one can part it with their hands or blow an opening through it and see our way. Cristena takes that as almost enchanting and Kelmare agrees with her, saying that baring those who dwell there, it is a very enjoyable place. Louis then questions Kelmare about who lives in the Clawthorne Mountains.

Kelmare explains that the mountains are home to the Whimsics. Six feet tall, slender body with ice blue eyes and a shriek that is so loud it can not be heard but could put many into a trance. Kelmare assured Mario, Louis, Sindy and Cristena that Whimsics were loners and often are easily avoided.

Louis however was concerned about everyone’s safety. Kelmare comforts Louis by letting him know that should they come into contact with a Whimsic, he has just the thing to protect them from the shrieks which eases Louis’s concern, partly because of his own curiosity getting in the way. With Kelmare’s assurance, the Boondock Kids prepare to travel to the Clawthorne Mountains.

I’ll be back on this evening but for now have a few vacation errands to run. Have a wonderful Wednesday and make the most of your day!!

Kids Club Inductee!

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I came home today and found some wonderful news waiting for me! I was notified that Barney & Lexi: Lost in Lawrenceville are now a part of Barnes & Nobles: KIDS CLUB! I am so excited and happy for Barney & Lexi and grateful to be a part of this club selection! Never stop readying and letting the magic of a story take you to other places!!

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Heating Up

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I woke this morning to the cheerful sounds of three giggling young boys. As I opened my eyes, I was blessed to have Rylen, my seven year old, come into my room and lay down with me, as he has done so much. When he informed me that he was hungry, we got up and went into the kitchen. There, we all helped prepare scrambled eggs, sausage links and cinnamon rolls. Quite tasty for us here at 1 Imaginary Fox!

After breakfast came the cries for the swimming pool outside and permission to swim. I made them wait 30 minutes, which was forever to my children, and then released them to the swimming pool.

While they swam, I spent the next couple of hours of the day trimming tree branches that were hanging low in the backyard. It had been a couple of years since I last did this and time had caught up with me (or grown back up actually). By late afternoon, I had three large piles and three hungry children again.

Being very hot, I happily went inside with my boys and we made pizza for lunch. We got our fill and then all took a break inside and rested for an hour after we ate. During that time, we got down on the floor in the living room and played a few games of Paw Patrol, which is like Candyland. After a few games, the boys were ready to swim again.

We all went back outside and I cleaned up my trimmings while the boys splashed about in the pool. Once finished, I had a pretty good pile out front near the road for the town street department to pick up. None the less, I have four trees that are more that trimmed up but can be walked under easily and my privacy fence is nowhere near the closest limbs that remain. All in all a great afternoon!

As the evening approached, I cleaned my clothes and house as the boys went back next door to the mom. After a long, cool shower, I came into my office/bedroom and got The Boondock Kids pulled back up and am now ready to see what is happening with Mario, Louis, Sindy & Cristena. Last we saw them, they had returned to Mavenwood and were about to witness a great army. Tomorrow night we will see what happens!!

As for now, I want to wish you a very good beginning to your weekend and hope that what ever mountain you face this week, you climb it and take pride in the view from the top!