It's amazing to me how every day things can get backed up over the years. The treasure hunt came first in so many ways. I felt a real responsibility to make each and every year's game the best I possibly could. I don't have to do that right now. Deep breath here. Now I look at the pile of writing I've done and think, "How will I ever get it published?" the stories I've written are for children and parents to enjoy. Definitely not Dr. Seuss material but to me a bit of a legacy to my folks and thousands of other parents that took the time to make up tall tales of imaginary situations and then sit their kids down and bring them into the world of fantasy, whimsy and happy and surprising endings while in the company of loving family. My folks, particularly my dad had a story to tell when I wasn't quite settled for bed or needed a slight nudge toward the spirit of the season on a cold night. I will never forget that loving time spent listening and dreaming.
I wrote "Joe's Story" because I felt I received that memory back for a reason. There is a lot of good in the book and the people in it. We need to hear good things about everyday people don't we? When it comes to our kids, I believe to the bottom of my heart that there are few gifts as great as sitting down and telling a story to our kids. Be it from a book or from our own imaginations. In light of that I have recorded several of the stories I told my own kids, grandkids, nephews and nieces. Along with some silly stuff too. Kids need silly stuff to help them laugh when they don't feel quite so good. I can think of no greater way to honor my caring and loving parents and the hundreds and thousands just like them.
I do have a few problems along the way to the publisher though and that's what I'm working on at the moment and for the foreseeable to future maybe.
One: I'm not the best writer. I need help there......Two: I am not an artist. No way. Need help there and so far have not found the right one to accept an agreement.....Three: Knowing it takes real talent to "get" published, I doubt that will ever happen by a legitimate publisher so my alternative is self publishing. That takes more money than I have at this time so I am looking into somehow doing it on a computer.
All of that seems to be almost insurmountable if taken in one pill. However, having more time now I hope to, one step at a time, find the answers and get something into book form as quickly as possible. that's my plan and I'm sticking to it.
That's what's going on in my life right now. As you can see, never a dull moment.....I wish you well!