2 Books Off!

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Today, a copy I have of my second book, which is not currently in print: MARKY, SLASH & LEVY: RETURN TO MAVENWOOD is going with Barney & Lexi to a special fan who has had my first book: THE ADVENTURES OF MARKY, SLASH & LEVY (also not currently available) since 2007.

I am so pumped to be sending Barney & Lexi off again and to have Marky, Slash & Levy go with them is pure excitement! I hope they all have an exciting trip!!

Queen Zardania & The Boondock Kids (1/2 way finished)

It was a typical, boss returns from vacation,  kind of Monday. I admit that I was excited for five o’clock!

I have no gas for my Jimmy this week and a co-worker was nice enough to bring me home at the end of the day. I went a couple of blocks up the street to a small general store and bought my dinner, noodles and mashed potatoes. I came home and began to eat when I had a visitor at my door.

My youngest son, Rylen, came next door for a visit and I could not have been happier to see him! He went into my office/bedroom and played some video games while I ate. When we were finished he went back home, next door but popped by one more time to bring me a piece of mail I had received from Poets and Writers Magazine. He gave me one of his AMAZING hugs and left for the evening.

I sat down and got back to work and came to a huge shock tonight when Kelmare began to describe Queen Zardania. As Kelmare began to describe her hair, her skin, and all of the things that make her stand out from every other inhabitant of Spyderia, The Boondock Kids come to but one conclusion…she’s human! But what kind of human and possibly human from another place? She has powers which humans don’t physically have and Kelmare’s insistence that Mario, Louis, Sindy & Cristena are not exactly they same as Spyderia’s queen, leave the four friends curious. After much discussion, Louis announces that he wonders what Queen Zardania looks like in person. Something his friends too, had wondered but not said allowed. Is it time for The Boondock Kids to travel to the Queens castle? That is for tomorrow night to decide!

Tonight also marks page 100 in The Boondock Kids and comparing that to my works with Marky, Slash & Levy, leaves me confident that this will be the half way point in this story! It has taken some time but to reach that halfway marker always leaves me feeling very confident and proud to discover the second half of my project. I have no idea what will come in the next 100 pages, but the one thing I love about not knowing is how things will just come to life!

 

So with another page in the books so to speak, lol, I wish you a great evening and a positive Tuesday! Thank you for taking the time out of your time to be here! 🙂

Ready To Rock And Roll!!

After my last post, my bedroom/writing room/office became 100 square feet of pure chaos!

Having my children on the weekends and needing a place for them to sleep at night, I made my room from cleaning my kitchen and living room. That cleaning lead into many items from my past office had now covered my entire desk, spilling over onto the floor, allowing me only enough room to reach my dresser for a change of clothes.

This evening, with my oldest son, Lynden, watching television in the living room, I spent two hours picking up and putting away things properly. I know have a clear desk and a clean floor to get to that desk!!

With access to my computer, access to the internet and room to do what I have to do, it is now time to ROCK AND ROLL!! Sit back and enjoy, I’m going to make this happen!!!

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Barney & Lexi Drop By 1 Imaginary Fox

Great visit with good friends!

Good visit with great friends!

It would be hard to deny that I do not love Barney & Lexi! When they were the clumsy dog and intelligent cat of my grandparents, I knew they were, both, very unique and fun to have around and be around! Now they have moved onto the pages of Barney & Lexi: Lost In Lawrenceville and found themselves in a heap of trouble as they try to return home.

The two pals showed up on my desk today and I was reminded just how much fun it was to write them in the middle of Marky, Slash & Levy. I look forward to seeing just how far these two can go!!

Live With Passion!!

Off To The Editor!

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Late last night, as the snow and ice fell in my small little hometown, I sat at my desk and loaded Marky, Slash & Levy up as they begin to make their trip to the editor. It’s a scary thing for me to send my first book off as it was written ten years and has several grammatical errors in it. I’m sure that most authors worry about how a critique or edit turns out if the books is generally complimented or cut to pieces. My editor, Michelle Witte of Mansion Street Literary & Witte Books.

As the cold wind blew outside, making my office, (the only room in our house that is not heated by the house) somewhat cool, but work had to be done. I responded to Michelle and got my formatted edition of “Adventures” uploaded and sent off to her so she could begin, I assume, this coming week on the project.

I hope that Michelle and I will be able to work on a query letter that will help highlight the series!

I will be closer to April before I see what the final result is but am so excited to be giving Marky, Slash & Levy some needed attention! Here’s to hoping for the best everyday!!

Live With Passion!

Snow Days & A Sick Girl

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With as much as I look forward to the arrival of Spring, my hometown has been reminded that Winter is still very much here and in full force. With the temperature nearing 0* and seven inches of snow on the ground, the allure of a warm fire and a cozy chair to lay in call. After a long evening of shoveling out our driveway and sidewalks, I came inside to a coughing little girl.

Up most of the night with shivers myself, my daughter began to cough and could not sleep. As we sat up through the night, I awoke from my short sleep to the words, “Daddy, I threw up on my bed.” My children always worry over this when it happens to them. I remind them all that it happens and that everything will be alright. With a change of blankets and sheets, her bed was clean, dry and at 4 a.m. she was out. It was time for me to get two hours of sleep before starting my day.

With nothing tasting good tonight to her, my daughter sits almost asleep in my recliner, as she tries to recover. As for me, a warm bed is calling as soon as she is safely sleeping. As for now, I am looking forward to the end of the week and sending Marky, Slash and Levy Bk1 off to the editor!

Until then, Live With Passion!

Literary Editor!!!

Literary Editor For Marky, Slash & Levy - Book One

Literary Editor For Marky, Slash & Levy – Book One

Today, I took one large step towards putting a polish on Marky, Slash & Levy! Today I received some of the best news that I have had since I began writing in 2003.

I HAVE A LITERARY EDITOR!

Michelle Witte of Michelle Witte Books and Mansion Street Literary Management has agreed to take Bk1 for six to eight weeks! I am hoping to send M,S&L off within two weeks so that I can hope to have it back by the first of April. There will be some work into cleaning it up and into a polished piece, but that will be worth all of the effort!

If all goes well, it is my hope that Michelle will be able to work through the series and create a working relationship for the future! Until then though, Live With Passion!!

P.S. Don’t forget Barney & Lexi!

Fun In The Magical World Of LIBRAYIA!

Today was a day that I will remember for a very, very long time. The month of February has given me a warm and sunny day, the type of day that would have you believe that it was the beginning of Spring. None the less, it is February and the rare break in bone-chilling cold weather has allowed for some warm memories to be gathered.

This particular Saturday night, my wife had to work what employees of Toyota call “Production Saturdays” which means that after five nights in a row of working, employees have to work a sixth night to make up lost output. It also means that my wife only has one day off this week. Because of this and her need for rest today, I left my ‘paycheck’ job two hours early and made my way home to spend the time with my daughter. It’s often difficult for my wife to remain awake until I arrive home at noon, therefore, I wanted to take my little girl out and have a nice afternoon and that we did!

It began with a breakfast stop at the local McDonald’s because we seldom have an opportunity to eat breakfast there. In a little corner booth, sat a father and daughter with two big breakfasts with hot cakes and two cokes. Just like her mother, I am immediately told to take the eggs because she will not eat them, which is fine because I love eggs! We sat in that corner for almost an hour and play games on the television screen that was placed besides the table.

The Enchanting Car Wash!

The Enchanting Car Wash!

With breakfast officially conquered, we made our way across town to a corner filling station that has an automatic car wash. All four of my children love the car wash and since it is rare for her and I to be alone, I decided that we would take the journey together. Seven dollars is all that it cost to enter a magical realm of complete fog and excitement as the rotating bristles brushed our vehicle clean. We both talked about how creative the sparkle foam looked as it ran down our windshield with blues and greens and purples as if they were dancing for fun. Then came the triumphant climax as we entered the wind tunnel that would dry our car, whipping it around as if it were a ship at sea.

We drove through town, enjoying the wonderful afternoon, for only a short time before deciding that it was a perfect day for a visit to the library!

For me, there is something enchanting about the moment I walk through the doors at the library. It always feels to me, as a writer, that I am leaving all the elements of reality behind and entering the unknown, where anything is possible and excitement and adventure lurks around every corner. My daughter too, feels that. She has to go up and down each aisle at least once before looking for books (a task that will take her our entire time their). Then she has to point out where Marky, Slash & Levy are located, she is so proud of doing that!

She loves finding her Dad's books!

She loves finding her Dad’s books!

Next come create time at the table where she dresses characters up in different wooden clothes and pretends she is the designer. I watched with a smile as she forgot about the outside world and allowed her creativity to come out. She is very trendy and has a knack for creation. Then it is back to searching for more books. By now she had book on polar bears and was in search of another.

My daughter, the creator!

My daughter, the creator!

Suddenly, one of our favorites popped into her head. One of my favorite authors, the late Norman Bridwell’s Clifford The Big Red Dog was coming home. Now Clifford is a series and it took some time to select one that she has not already read.

As she looked, I made my way to a comfortable rocking chair in the corner of a small nook, where I could still see her, to read a couple of the local newspapers. I love watching children search for books! It is such a simple, yet rewarding experience that no electronic gadget can capture.

She would choose one and then return to another create time-table and begin coloring a picture. I finished reading my newspapers and joined her at the table and watched as she colored. She is very good at coloring and does it all the time at home. She is very artistic as is one of her brothers. Staying inside the lines, she finished up part of the picture when we realized that three hours had flown by and we would need to be heading home.

It was time to look for just one more book and she found it in a family favorite of Curious George. With her three books in hand, she approached the librarian who loved her picture so much that she placed it on the art wall for others to see it! Excited to say the least, she handed over her library card and we said thank you to the librarian.

She made the art wall!

She made the art wall!

As we left, we had to make a stop in the foyer because the water from that one water fountain is “so good”!

We would return home for an evening in the sun and outdoors. No other day could have been better for a visit to the library and explore the magical world of Libraryia!

Live With Passion and have a wonderful weekend!