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My Second Blog Post – Please Join Me….

EE “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein

Little Ry: “Mum, you’re a cutie pie.”
Me: “Awww thank you Ry! You’re a cutie pie too!”
Little Ry: “No I’m not mum, I’m a big boy!”

Thank you for joining me for my second blog! I made it through the first and found time to do another! It’s amazing!!!!
Little Ryan has started potty training this week more seriously. We had introduced it quite a while back but over the last few months he has become bored to the potty game to our dismay. He has the singing potty that shouts and claps when he pees and we have tried different prizes and all that. It just lost its sparkle and excitement once he figured he had mastered doing it a few times. I can’t blame him really. I do the same exact thing with the gym! I get on that treadmill and after I’m down a pound or two I’m pretty proud of myself and then it’s off to the pizza house again and on to something else. He would rather play trucks outside then be bothered with such things he has already accomplished. Well, yesterday he realized that there is more to it! We started with the coolest super hero character underwear and plastic pull overs and to our surprise he only had two accidents all day! Then he poopied in the potty before bed, with quite an amount of resistance. When I explained that he could look at his poop in to toilet after, he was all in for the show!!!!!!!! It worked. After, he did the ewwwweeeee and groooooooooss game in the toilet and we laughed and laughed (after a ton of high fives and kisses). Thank you to the gross things little boys like to do. Guess it could be worse………
For anyone who is interested in learning more about the publishing world, I have found a few blogs that are phenomenal. This is where I started in my research. The first one is Joanne Penn’s site, http://www.thecreativepenn.com/ . She is a thriller writer, which is not my genre, but the amount of information from her blogs is unreal and spreads across all genres whether going traditional publishing with a publisher or going the indie (Independent publishing/self-publishing) route. This blog was voted top 10 blogs for writers three years running, and top ten blogs for self-publishing 2012. I also have her link on my side bar which is always available. If you’re too busy, instead of reading the blogs, you can listen while at work or at the gym or in your car on your phone. Just go to her podcast page to listen to all her interviews with amazing people in the publishing community. The amount of knowledge I have attained from her is priceless. She has taken the indie route but she also gives incredible feedback on traditional publishing also. She explains the process and how she did it. I have been in touch with her and she is a cool lady. Due to her and a few others, I have decided to take the indie route myself and I will let you know why. I was, and have, sent out my manuscript to over a hundred publishers. I have received tons of rejections obviously as this is a very difficult avenue. Then miraculously I received an acceptance letter from a publisher that will remain nameless. They work off royalties as all traditional publishing houses do and they were very nice to work with but I have decided that this is not for me. I was not quite happy with the illustrator they had me set up with even though she really was an amazing artist. I just had a different vision in mind. I found through other indie publishers that self-publishing is much more time intensive but the overall rewards are far more what I’m looking for. With traditional publishing you are looking at the good ole brick and mortar stores. The way I will approach publishing is through online sales with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. Over the last few years, indie publishing is gaining more respect and authenticity. I think right now is the perfect time to get involved. I will be sharing with you the avenues available and how I’m getting along with my indie publishing. I will share ALL my mistakes too and I hope it is helpful to anyone else interested in a similar endeavor.
The second site I’d like to mention that I have been working off of is a children’s writer who self-publishes and also uses traditional publishers. Katie Davis, http://katiedavis.com/ . She is hilarious and her books are wonderful. She has published 10 books and appears on the ABC affiliate show, Good Morning Connecticut, recommending great books for kids. She also gives incredible info and you can read or listen to her interviews with some big league people and writers.
Check these two sites out as soon as you can. If you want to understand the industry, here you go. It will start you in the right direction.
Remember, whether you write one sentence a day or three pages, you have to sit down and just do it. It’s not quantity, its quality. One word at a time…
Please check out my book reviews under Goodreads. This is a fantastic site to join if you love books! You create your own page and you can review and read others reviews. Connect with others and share books you love! This week I have reviewed a boardbook called “Potty” by Leslie Patricelli.
Love to all with much muchiness…..

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My First Blog

Moon green

Thank you for joining me for my first blog. I’m excited! Also a little nervous. When you write for all eyes to see, you are opening yourself up and exposing your deepest thoughts and feelings, which can be a little scary at first but I’m ready to take this leap! I hope that it brings new contacts into my life and maybe a few laughs to my friends and family. We shall see!

I have recently finished a children’s story in honor of my son, Ryan. This was unknown to me at that time considering I started it three years before I gave birth to him. But ultimately, I have found that it was always for him, always about him, even before he came to this world. My book is called “RJ’s Moon”. It’s a rhyming story about a little boy who steals the moon for his mom for her birthday. The characters will be animals, as all my stories are. Five years later, give or take, it is ready for content editing, but back to that later…

Nothing, and I mean nothing, in life that’s remotely worth doing comes without struggle and sacrifice. With that brings a sense of accomplishment. In starting my writing and illustrating journey, I can see that my biggest sacrifice will definitely be sleep! Having little Ry doesn’t leave too much time to write stories. With that being said, the time I have with my son is priceless and comes first and foremost. He brings a bright light to my life that nothing else in the world could EVER bring. My angel, that he is. He is a gentle soul. Some days a very, very LOUD soul, but gentle (even when he is breaking something). He inspires me on a daily basis in all sorts of little ways. From his giggles, to his more frequent two year old fits. But it’s all inspiring, to say the least. So after bedtime I will try to use my time wisely to accomplish my goals with writing. It will be quite a challenge but I look forward to it. Success to me is making small steady steps that eventually lead to the ultimate goal in the distance. No rush.

My intentions and overall objective for this blog is to begin an author’s platform. Not to only document my journey, but to share what I’m learning with others who also have a passionate dream of publishing a book. I’m also hoping to meet other bloggers in the WordPress blogging community with the same ambitions and develop relationships with them.

Over the past few years I have studied and researched the publishing world and all it entails. I’ve spoken to other authors and can honestly say that I’ve listened to hundreds of podcasts on writing and the publishing industry. I will share these with you as I go along and I hope that you find them as useful as I have. Some of the contacts are really quite amazing. I enjoy helping others and I will strive to make sure this blog does just that. With Ryan being the biggest part of my life, I will share a funny stories about him also. My goal is to have one blog published monthly. I will also be reviewing children’s books that Ryan and I read each  and share them on “Goodreads” for you. This will be accessible on my side bar.

Writing has always been a passion for me. As a child, I wrote and drew cartoon characters constantly. I was always making little books in my spare time. I think sometimes we don’t see or realize how important our childhood passions were. I believe that whether or not we continue with them, they are ALWAYS a part of us. The child inside all of us never truly leaves, and when you find it again, it’s amazing. I found it again when I had my son. I see things differently, or should I say I see things as I used to, with wider eyes. It’s the little things in life that we have become numb to over time that I have found again. Like the magical way snow falls from the sky when you stare straight up on a quiet snowy day. Or the time Ry was looking up at the moon, when it was still out during the day, and he said in wonder, “Mum, the moon is stuck!” Looking at life through a child’s eyes makes you begin to appreciate the little things in life that you have forgotten.

I had the idea for RJ’s moon long before Ryan was born. But I never could get it right. Something was missing. Now that I’ve seen life again through my son’s eyes, I have been able to finish it. He has been mesmerized by the moon since he could first express it with his eyes only. I never knew years ago when I was sitting and struggling to write this book that one day I’d be snuggling and holding the story right in my arms. Thank you Ryan…
When I post a new blog, it will automatically notify my current friends on Facebook and Twitter by posting a notification to my page. If you do not have either of those, please feel free to sign up to my email notification on my side bar and it will email you each time I post a new blog. I also have the RSS Feeder sign up on my page as well. For anyone who does not know what this is I will explain. You can go to any RSS Reader site and depending on the site you choose, you can create an account that will give you the ability to have any website of your choice notify you when there is a new blog or article posted. I hear “Feedly” is the next best thing to Google Reader, which has just shut down. This way you can go to one general spot to read all the things from different sites you are interested in without having to go to each website constantly to see if they have added something new. It’s great. Also, please feel free to send me questions and comments. I would soooo appreciate them and would love to help if anyone has questions regarding future posts.
Thanks again, peace and love.