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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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Boy was it hot today! The air conditioners at my day job almost quit and the store-front was very, very warm. I was very happy to return home and get a refreshing shower before heading of to my evening job. I admit that my back is a bit sore tonight but I believe the heat helped with that today. I do enjoy entering a cool building and working until my work is done though.

Regardless of the heat, I am very excited with another first for me and my writing! The editor of Tri-State OUTDOOR Magazine contacted me today and asked if I would work up an article on my picture book project for the upcoming Fall issue of the magazine! I quickly said yes and after gathering just a few specifics, I now have a new article to write and get sent in before the October 10th deadline! And the 1st for me is that I will be paid $40.00 for the article! It has also taken 12 years to make money with my passion and I am so very grateful for that!

When the editor found out about my writing, she informed me that they have a sister publication that might be a good fit for a story about my writing career up to right now. I am in shock some that I may get work into two more magazines this year, and good solid publications at that!!

I also spoke with a teacher who heads up a high school writing class and have confirmed that I will travel to the school in October and speak with her students about the process and dedication it take to hang in there when writing! I will know more as it draws closer.

As for now, I bid you a goodnight. I hope you have a great Thursday and make your mark on the world! Have a great day!!

I have to admit that I absolutely enjoy how a rough evening can turn into a great day! All that is needed is hard work, confidence and a positive state.

This morning I woke up and from the start, began telling myself that this was no ordinary day! Today is going to be a day that some positive decisions are made and directions are mapped out.

I began by sitting down and communicating with Tri-State OUTDOOR Magazine and am excited to say that there is a possibility that the work I put into my photo journey a couple of years ago may turn into an article within the magazine! I will know more on that after some more correspondence and will let you all know.

I also took advantage of this day to enter some of my photos into the Lawrence County (IL.) Farm Bureau’s Photo Contest. I developed 79 of my favorites out of 4 or 5 thousand and made the drive to the local branch office. I signed the consent/entry form and left my photos with the receptionist and was on my way.

With a haircut out of the way, it is time for a spot of lunch before going out the door again. I hope everyone’s Friday is wonderful and safe. Never Give Up!!

Today, I came home from work warmed a frozen pizza in the oven and made my way to my computer. As I ate my sausage and pepperoni pizza, I went to work on my baseball article. I loaded my PDF and attached 16 photos to it before sending it off to my publishers at S.E. Illinois Family Living Magazine. I am excited to now have two great articles, for two great magazines finished and in the books (or magazines, lol).

Tonight, I also made the return drive to my Illustrator, Danny Kluis’ home and we spend over an hour throwing out sketches and ideas for Queen Zardaina and the Lydian Fairies from The Boondock Kids. It is pretty comical because Danny had to take a call from another client and while he was gone, I had slipped outside and into his studio in hopes of snapping a photo for this very blog. As I pulled out my phone to take the picture, Danny came to the doors and began laughing as he pleaded with me not to take a photo. I pleaded back, saying that I wanted to share it with everyone.

Now while Danny is one of the most talented artists, I have ever had the privilege of knowing, he is most at home, not inside a lavish studio with every brush and pencil known to man, but rather a simple portable building lined with every tool he needs for his work. I was then told that Danny would pick it up and then have me back to take a photo.

As for now, it has been a wonderful week, and has been filled with so much progress! I have a Saturday off this weekend and will spend it working on a rental home that I own. I also now focus on working on The Boondock Kids further. This book has take a great deal of time to complete but will see its end in 2016! I wish you a positive Saturday and hope all is well with you! 🙂

 

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Today, I missed half of the workday with the continued headache from last night. I woke in the afternoon and made my way to work to finish the day out. Once that work was complete, I drove to Chauncey, Illinois and captured some photos of the Chauncey Community Baseball field to complete my photos needed for my article in S.E. Illinois Family Living Magazine.

I just finished writing that article and am very happy with the result and look forward to its publication! What I have is an article that I hope will show the wonder of Chauncey Community Baseball through the eyes of someone who has never witnessed a wonderful game there. It is my hope that others will enjoy ready my article and be drawn in by the portrait that I have painted.

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I drove home later to spend some time with my three sons, who had been next door, playing in their swimming pool. It always fills my heart when they knock on the door and ask if they can stay for a while. We ate dinner and played games before they returned next door to prepare for bed.

I then got in my Jimmy with two more drawings from The Boondock Kids and made the drive to my illustrator’s home. When I arrived, Danny was quite busy, breaking a sweat in his own studio. Our meeting was short in part to an important telephone call but has been rescheduled for tomorrow evening. At that point, we will go over the creation process for the Lydian Fairies and for Queen Zardania. I am very excited for tomorrow!

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Now, as I say goodnight, it is my hope that the workweek ends on positive success and finds everyone enjoying a wonderful summer weekend!

 

 

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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Well, I had planned to write tonight, but instead, chose to sit down and begin hand writing myself a 2016 list of AAR agents. My goal is tomorrow night, sit down and begin emailing Barney & Lexi out and mail a copy or two out on Saturday. I have been turned down by many of the names that I have seen on the list but each one will get the two lost friends again. Why? Well, fact is, so agents don’t even read queries and toss handfuls away to lower the ‘slush’ pile load. I stopped at 50 agencies complete with names, addresses and email info. Here they come!!

I also wrote my SCWBI group on Yahoo and began seeking out thoughts on my query for B&L. I look forward to some great answers back tomorrow!

My subscription to Poets & Writers is running out and the cash is tight, I hope I can renew soon. I believe things will work out! 🙂

Last night, my oldest son spent the night with me. Wednesday nights are his night just us guys. He has Jazz Band every Thursday morning at 7a.m. and I take him to school to rehearse. I love my nights with him! I am far from a cook, therefore we had baked fish and cheese filled breadsticks, yum! He crashed before he could finish his meal though, so I sat and wrote last nights talk with you. I enjoy our talks as well! 🙂

My ‘Never Quit’ video is now on youtube and it is my hope that you or someone you know may stop by and become lifted by it. Click below to see it!

I spoke with my sons first grade teacher and am scheduled to read to the class this Spring!! I am so excited and just can not wait!! When he finds out, he will have a complete happy meltdown and ask about it for the next two months! 🙂

I also took an email from a local high school lit teacher who has asked if I will speak to her Children’s Lit class next Fall when the class begins. I and siked about that and can not wait!

I also took an email from the Lawrence County Historical Society and look to be rescheduled for my picture book lecture later this year. I can’t begin to tell you how I am ready to do this after having to cancel last year.

Well, that’s about it for tonight. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and find a way to be grateful and Live With Passion!

 

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Posted: September 16, 2015 in Uncategorized
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It has been some time since I could sincerely sit down in my office and feel good about what was, or wasn’t (for that matter) coming out of it. When the time came to force myself to stop and not allow myself to limp along with a ill-fated belief that I could force myself to continue, all of the while, feeling myself break down at every turn in the road.

For many weeks now, I would come home from my work and not step one foot into my office. If I stepped inside, it would have been only a matter of time before I demanded that I get my nose back into my work and everything would all but be for nothing.

In the past weeks, I have asked myself a single, solitary question I have never asked myself before. That question, “Do I still consider myself a writer and do I only forcing myself to carry on?” Many times I asked the man in the mirror and many times, he did not answer. But as time has gone on, I find myself everyday, thinking of new ideas and possibilities for characters while I am doing something as polar opposite as putting new screen into a screen door at my work.

Allowing myself to the uncertainty of not finding an answer for some time has been the best gift that I could give myself! I have no doubt the I have always been creative and been able to make magic from nothing. I love writing a part of a story and not knowing for sure at some points what will hit the page next! I am a writer, I am a broke writer, but a writer none the less!

Although The Boondock Kids should be finished by now, I take comfort in knowing that what is written now is true to my idea and not something I will regret down the line. Mario, Louis, Sindy and Cristena are like my children and I am always grateful to have such a strong relationship with them!

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Today I began working on foam boarding photos of my journey to creating my picture books. I will make a presentation to the Lawrence County Historical Society towards the end of October and hope to make a good showing for many good folks. Tonight, my wife has helped with some wonderful ideas with visual aids that go far beyond my use of a Sharpie. It is great to have her suggestions and creative flow to help make this great!

With that said, I realize it is bedtime and my work for the night is complete. I look to tomorrow with a sense of hope and drive. Live With Passion!