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What a week this past week has been!

It took off great and then came Monday evening and it was time for my kids baseball in the country. I asked Lynden to bring his dog, Raskel in from outside. On nice days, I put Raskel out so she can soak up the sun. She is 8 years old and I want her to keep getting sunlight, even though she is a inside dog.

Lynden, came back inside and had a worried look on his face. He told me that Raskel was not outside! For the past couple of months, someone has been coming into the yard and letting her off of her chain. On those occasions, she could always be found in the flowerbed by dusk and we would let her back inside. This time was different, this time, she did not return home.

We left for baseball and I assured Lynden that she would be back and felt my heart drop when we returned and she was not there. Over the coarse of the next three days, I drove across town, up and down the road, slowly, betting I would find Raskel walking down the sidewalk. After almost a week, she was nowhere to be found.

Then I got word that she may have been found up the street and could be seen from the alley behind a home that was being remodeled. I took off up the road and after an hour of walking, looking and hoping, I did not find her.

Then came Sunday! As Ethan, Rylen and I left for dinner, Lynden was staying at his mother’s house because he had had an oral surgery on his wisdom teeth and was still recovering. It was then that I looked up the alley and thought I may have seen Raskel. We drove down the alley and on the back deck of the remodeled home was Raskel!! I could not be happier to find her and could see she was happy to see us!

We took her back home and I asked Lynden to come down for a moment, but did not tell him why.

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The moment his eyes seen Raskel, he dove to the floor and a 13 year old boy was the happiest he had ever been! He threw his arms around her and hugged her for five minutes. The week began great and finished great but in-between, was growth!

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Now, one day removed from the beginning of the work week, I have now spent two days laying out and completing my second picture book! Every Road, Every Season -Summer Edition- is now published through Lulu and makes the ninth book I am blessed to author!

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I am proud of how this turned out and look forward to getting a copy in the mail! This is one small step to a large goal and I am determined to keep on, keeping on! With that work completed, it is now time for the last week of country ball to begin. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and always look forward to hearing from you! Thank you so very much for following and reading!

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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.

 

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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This morning, I woke up with an idea and after some thought, I sat down and wrote my first bedtime story.

Entitled: The Lizard Wizard, it follows Issac, the pet lizard as he searches the house for the lost green and blue socks. Room by room he must search in order to help his family.

The last page of The Boondock Kids, saw Mario, Louis, Sindy & Cristena, finding out their was no food in their bowls and no drink in their cups.

It was from there that the four friends appeared puzzled. Rascone did not realize that The Boondock Kids had never seen Woodenware before. He then explained to his four new friends that with Woodenware, one could wish up any meal they desired and it would be created. This idea made the four friends very excited and unanimously, they all agree they wanted macaroni and cheese for supper.

They thought of mac n cheese, but when they took the lids off of their bowls, they found nothing was there. Rascone then suggested to them that they focus very hard on their meal in detail. Being a meal that was not known to Spyderia, the Woodware would have to learn it before creating it.

They placed the lids back on their bowls and focused. After a moment, Kelmare  asked them to look this time. When they removed the lids, Mario, Louis, Sindy & Cristena found a bowl full of steamy, cheesy macaroni in front of them. Mario and Louis were the first to try their dinner and found it to be the best ever. Sindy and Cristena began to eat theirs and could not disagree.

When they became thirsty, they each thought of their favorite drink and watched as the cups began to fill with just what they had imagined. Mario had soda, Louis had apple juice, Sindy had sweet tea and Cristena chose milk.

As they ate Rascone was overwhelmed with how great the meal looked and was encouraged to create his own. At first taste, Rascone was shocked at how delicious his meal was and encouraged Kelmare to try the new coarse as well. Everyone sat around the short table and basket in the marvel of their new discoveries.

So, it’s about time to head to my evening job, I wish you a pleasant afternoon and many of your own discoveries!

 

What a day Saturday was! The booksigning at Barnes & Noble was amazing and I met some wonderful people!

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One great thing about being an author is the opportunity to have family with you when they are able to travel with you! Today, my boys went with their mother and step-father to Chicago for the weekend and my mother and brother traveled to Evansville, Indiana with me!

We arrived and found wonderful readers waiting before hand! After a quick set up, I got right onto signing and speaking with people. I can not begin to tell you just how fast two hours went, it felt like fifteen minutes!

With no advertising, we send a dozen copies of Barney & Lexi: Lost In Lawrenceville, home with some super cool readers! After the signing concluded, we ate at an amazing Italian restaurant called ‘Little Italy’, took in a game of miniature golf across the street and finished the day on the river walk before making the return trip home.

IMG_20170513_201556_920 All and all, just a super great day to do this thing called ‘writing’! I was so glad family was able to travel with me this weekend. Now, being Mother’s Day, I am surprising my mother with a visit to a local philharmonic orchestra. A very Happy Mother’s Day to every mother in the world!!