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I was 4 years old and at a family cookout, swimming in the pool. When no one was watching, I decided that I wanted to try and climb out of the pool using the ladder that was on the deep end. I remember using my tip toes to follow a ring around the deep end that was just high enough, I could keep my head above water.

Then, in the blink of an eye, my foot slipped and I sank to the bottom of the deep end. I remember being so scared, I couldn’t breathe and being to young to understand death, I just worried about getting air.

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Then a large splash entered the water and a family member threw their arms around me and pull me to the very ladder I was trying to get to. Half a dozen people were their to fetch me from the water immediately and all I remember was coughing and finding it hard to breathe even out of the water.

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I did catch my breathe and began to feel just as I had before I went under. However, that day has stayed with me for 34 years, as I developed a fear of water, swimming pools and lakes.

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This Father’s Day weekend, and keeping in the routine of changing my life, I faced that fear and won! My family went to a lake in central Illinois, where I got on a boat for the first time in 30 years and swam in the lake twice for the first time ever! The result of that grind to face my challenge…the reward of having a great time on the water with my sons!

 

As with any setback, fear or doubt in life, if you feel like you can do it then you must meet that which is holding you back, head on and watch your reward reveal itself on the other side. Success is grown with a constant push against basic and average. For me, this weekend was about taking my mindset to the next level and I did it! Even when taking a break from your routine, you have to be in ‘change’ mode! Have a great week ahead everyone!

Work was busy, ready for evenings to begin in August and for schools to get back in session so Barney & Lexi and The Lizard Wizard can meet more students and inspire them to create!!

Although school is out for the summer, it WILL NOT slow this author down! I just got an e-mail, letting me know that an article I have written for Tri-State OUTDOORS Magazine is past the layout process and will go to print very soon and is scheduled for a July 1st release date!

Last night, I began work on my outline for my presentation with the SCBWI in Chicago, this September. I might only get one shot at an opportunity like this and am gong to shoot for the moon, because even if I miss, I’ll still find myself among the stars!

With some needed e-mails sent out and work caught up to this moment, I am heading out with Lynden, Ethan and Rylen, to watch them play baseball in the country league, Chauncey Community Baseball. I hope everyone has a great evening and wonderful Tuesday!

I was able to write page an half of The Boondock Kids and with that, planning to take a jog before picking up my kids for the weekend. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

With dinner underway, The Boondock Kids begin to explain that Kelmare is taking them to Serabantha Castle and to see Queen Zardanin.

This concerned Rascone until Kelmare explained that they would be looking throw a telescope from the safe distance of Raven Pass. It was then questioned about the safety of the kids journey when Rascone explained that Queen Zardanin was not on her throne by those of Spyderia but, by her own force through her ability to control magic in order to control others.

Kelmare then lightened the discussion by explaining that they were going to be able to still view the queen safely because most of the time, she was not one to put others in danger and only did so when her reign was threatened by others.

Rascone explained that she held control of the Zephermyte Army and that would likely secure her reign until her time comes to pass naturally.

Surprisingly, The Boondock Kids remain just as intrigued to see her. Kelmare explained that he hoped to use his telescope to view one of the queens daily appearance ceremonies at the castle.

 

Being a writer is far from easy, the decision was simple, I love creating stories out of thin air! Easy would imply that no work was needed to succeed, way wrong belief! Here is a quote that I use every time things slow down for a second on the track to success…

 

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Posted: June 6, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Life is all about dreams and making them come true. For my friend, Dr. Coyte G. Cooper, a bestselling author of the books: IMPRESSIONS and MAKE YOUR MARK and renown life coach, his dream was to be a speaker for a Ted Talk Seminar.

Come August, my friend will see that dream come true and being a god friend, my son, Lynden and I are gong to travel to Columbus, Ohio and support Coyte all the way as he brings his A-Game to Ohio to inspire others.

Combine that with my trip to Chicago this September, which I am also taking Lynden, I am very proud to know that I am giving my 13 year old son a chance to see so many positive experiences and hope they leave a inspiring mark on his already budding outlook on life.

Never be afraid to better yourself. Here’s to the future, mine and yours!!

With school now out for the summer, my evening job has turned into a day job for the next 9 weeks. Instead of having my usual routine from 2 thru 10:30 p.m. it begins at 6 a.m. and runs thru 2:30 p.m. as I am a part of a cleaning crew that is traveling through our three schools and cleaning classrooms, bathrooms and gyms while students are away.

That has not kept me from my daily motivational speeches though! I bought a wireless earpiece and listen to my motivation while still being able to hear around me. Nor has it slowed me from my work! My Chicago trip to the SCBWI is almost set for a specific September date, my illustrations for THE LIZARD WIZARD have begun with Illustrator, Avery Kasinger and today, I received an e-mail from a regional magazine editor, letting me know that an article I had recently submitted for print had been accepted by the magazine and will print for a July release.

Also looking at traveling to a TEDx seminar in Columbus this August and taking Lynden, who is now a freshman in high school and give him an amazing chance to feel such an strong and positive seminar. My good friend, Dr. Coyte Cooper will be a speaker at this event and I want to show my support for my friend!

All and all, a great way to end out the month of May! Happy Summer everyone!

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The date is not yet official, but I have been invited to travel to Chicago in September and speak to members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I have always want to attend one of these meetings and never thought in 13 years that I would be speaking at my first one. I hope by then that I will have my 8th book, a bedtime story entitled ‘The Lizard Wizard” finished enough to showcase it and Barney & Lexi during my presentation. One look at where I believe I will be speaking and I am excited and grateful. Hard work and more hard work can pay off, you just have to keep working and keep believing!

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