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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!

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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It was midnight and standing in the Senior hallway of Lawrenceville High School, my idea was finished! Pushing my comfort zone, I left the 2017 graduates something I wish I had when I graduated 20 years ago this month.

I took motivational quotes, biographies and phrases, no two alike, and placed them on the locker of every Senior. It is my hope that these quotes will serve them as a reminder that their only competition is in the mirror!

I believe that when we can give something back, real value is felt!

Congratulations and and Best Wishes to the graduates on a very successful life ahead!

To Every Graduate!

Posted: May 9, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Today, I was off to the printer’s again. This time, it was to finalize posters for my speaking engagements and for my upcoming Barnes & Noble book signing in Evansville, Indiana.

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The poster proof for the book signing looks amazing! Seeing the collage hit me at first because I could see just how far my hard work has taken me and so many great memories, all together in one place! I look forward to being able to pick it up and see that it gets to the Evansville, IN. B&N to be placed in front of the children’s section!!

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The proof for m speaking engagements looks super great! This tree grows in my hometown and, at first look, one would think it could not live but it continues to grow, regardless of its setbacks! I can’t wait to use this a a great visual aid when speaking to junior high and high school kids!

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I will be speaking to two local high school graduating classes this month and am excited to have my outline made. It took a couple of hours and a few ‘dry runs’ to put it together. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got! So as I head of to do the ‘evening job thing’, I hope your having a wonderful Tuesday, don’t be a stranger!

Tuesday and Wednesday have been awesome!

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On Tuesday, I traveled back to N.I.C.E (North Intermediate Center of Education) and held a book signing for the students I had the privilege of meeting back in Feburary. I promised the kids that I would return and they were super excited to see me and I was so happy to reconnect with them as well!

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As we began, the kids loved seeing the new posters of Barney & Lexi that were made after my last visit. We talked about how I really wished they had been made before our visit but that I wanted them to see both of the posters now and they thought they looked ‘very cool’!

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The local paper stopped by and the incredibly kind reporter spoke with me and the kids! She was unable to stay for too long, turns out that she was not just the reporter but also the managing editor and handled almost the entire newspaper on her own. Talk about a staying busy! I love watching the children light up when they see a t.v. crew or a newspaper coming to their school. They take a great deal of pride in their schools and love to know that they are very much important too!

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In my last visit to N.I.C.E., there was a young lady named Jersey, who was in the last 4th grade class that I spoke to that week. Jersey loved the presentation so much that she watched me leave the school before returning to her class, that touched me and made a memory that I will never forget! Before I left, Jersey had asked if we could do a selfie together and because there was no more time to do one with the entire class, we could not make that happen. On this day though, this young lady got that selfie and I will be printing a picture, buying a frame and mailing it to her at the school! What a great girl she is!

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Wednesday arrived and it was off to Indiana for a memorable school visit with Barney & Lexi! I returned to Riley Elementary School for the first time in 33 years. The last time I was in the halls of the school was, as a student in the early 1980’s! I walked through the doors and was blown back to yesteryear, almost making me feel as though I was that young boy walking the halls again.

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Before I met the children, I went on stage, behind the closed curtain and captured the moment on video because I was about to step in the gym for the first time in 33 years and giving back to a school that gave to me! It was also special because my first teacher, Mrs. Battles was in the audience! Still teaching, she was at the beginning of her career when I was her student and now, she mentioned she was going one, or maybe two more years before retiring. Talk about coming full circle for us both! Mrs. Battles gave my creative imagination the foundation to grow into what it is today and I was proud to give something back to her.

I entered the gym and had an amazing time! The kids loved Barney & Lexi, we laughed and gave Mrs. Battles an thunderous applause for being an amazing teacher! The kids lined up afterwards and many snatched up a copy of Barney & Lexi and I enjoyed the smiles more than anything, it meant they were touched by our visit. Signing Mrs. Battles book was not only a reward but humbling to finally be able to thank someone who is part of what got me to this point as a children’s author!

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Before leaving, I gave the students their school banner from Barney & Lexi. The gym went insane over it and moved the principal as the kids presented it to her. All in all simply a rewarding and memorable two days!

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Back home today, I picked up a copy of my weekly column and working on some emails for bookstores and touching up some issues with bookmarks. I hope you have a wonderful day and that great things happen today!

What a weekend to start off with!

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It was an amazing Saturday afternoon and I very much, wanted to take Lynden, Ethan & Rylen to Terre Haute, Indiana and spend the afternoon getting caught up in The Terr Haute Children’s Museum. 3 stories of exploration, imagination and fun. What a time we had! They played in bubbles, climbed a 2 story tree house and got to see themselves on T.V. as news anchors, but the thing they loved the most was the water construction zone! This zone had a running water channel with different damns, fountains and falls. One section kept my children busy by having to put plumbing pipes together to help direct the flow of water. I think they played in this zone for over an hour! At the end of the day, we found an Italian gem, nestled within the city, Piloni’s Italian Restaurant! 100% handmade Italian pizza and pasta and highly recommended if your ever in the Terre Haute, Indiana area!

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With the weekend wrapped, I used my Sunday night to research bookmarks from other authors and as 1 a.m. approached, I had a hand drawn layout of the front and pack of what I will use to begin having my own. I decided on a size, paper, colors, information placement and design. Next it will be off to the printers for fabrication and then time to have on-hand for distribution!

Now, as I prepare to change for my evening job, I have word the Mt. Carmel, Illinois newspaper will be at N.I.C.E tomorrow for my visit with the students. I am returning to sign copies of BARNEY & LEXI: LOST IN LAWRENCEVILLE and wish all of these amazing kids a great summer vacation! I am pumped to have the paper excited to attend and help make this event awesome!

 

I wish you a wonderful afternoon as I go to punch that clock, earn that money and chase that goal!

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I’m pretty pumped! My surprise for next weeks visit to Riley Elementary is almost complete. Here is a sneak peek at a proof of the progress.

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It has been confirmed today that I will be returning to Mt. Carmel, Illinois next week to N.I.C.E and will be holding a book signing for the kids I met back in February. I am so looking forward to seeing those great kids again! I also got approved, today, to speak with the graduating class of Red Hill High School. I will be defeating a long-standing fear and rise to the next level next month. Now, to tie up some loose ends and turn in before midnight, rare. Have a great day ahead!