Serious Thinkers

Good evening. As I write this, the Christmas tree lights are twinkling at random. Yes, we like the old-fashioned light bulbs that have their own blinkers! Call me a rebel:) Would it surprise you if I told you I stare at the shadows they make on the ceiling. A story or two has been inspired by doing just this!
Enough of that. I wanted to write today about serious thinkers and how important it is not to exclude them from your stories, poems, memoirs or other forms of writing you do including social media. (I’ll expound on that aspect in another post.) Today, being a children’s book author, I will focus on the serious-thinking 7 year old.
I was blessed to spend a few days at a very good friend’s home recently. Honestly, the questions their 7 year old daughter asked astounded me! Deep questions. She didn’t settle for an answer that glossed over the topic at hand, She continued to ask questions to get to the root of the original question! I’ll say it, again. She is 7 years old. That is the young person I want to write for. Ask the “who, what, where, when and WHY”. Not just the ones who take everything at face value and move on. I want to educate the youth who actually not only play with the box their toy came in but take the toy apart to find out how it works, so to speak.
My message here is to write for all audiences but don’t write in such a way as to bore the serious thinkers. They are out there and younger than you might realize. Not only that,, but they like to be challenged! So, go ahead and write that first sentence!

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Stories Flowing from My Fingertips

Well, not exactly flowing. More often than not, putting words and thoughts together has been more like squeezing blood from a turnip. (Who ever thought of that saying, anyway?) Thank goodness for computers. I have been working on another children’s book for a couple of months now, actually two children’s books, and if it weren’t for the computer, this is what I’d be dealing with…

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Or this……

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Fortunately, revising and rewriting on my ‘puter saves a lot of trees when I’m squeezing blood out of a turnip not to mention plays my favorite tunes while I’m trying to get inspired! I just watched a movie about a children’s book writer, author of a very successful book series, who went dry. I mean so dry he couldn’t come up with an idea, plot, or energy to turn his laptop on. Desert dry. Been there, done that, now what? So, the inspirational solution was (drum roll)…he went outside, met and talked to new people (obviously COVID was not a pandemic in this show) and read his previously penned books.

Corny? Sure. Plausible solution. I think so. For any artist, one needs inspiration and most likely, you will have to go out and explore, seek, ask questions, observe, listen and maybe get out of your comfort zone. Most importantly, an artist needs to keep an open mind. Painters, authors, actors, dancers, photographers, calligraphers, poets, supervisors, employees. Everyone needs inspiration to do their job well. So, what will you do today to be inspired? Got it? Great!! Go out and create your masterpiece!

Meanwhile, the stories will be flowing from my fingertips.

BIG DAY TOMORROW!

Color me excited! Tomorrow is the BIG DAY for “Dewdrops to Raindrops” and this girl:) North Dakota bound I am to Ferguson’s Books and More, Grand Forks, ND, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for my first ever, and previously only in my wildest dreams….well, maybe not THE wildest dreams but wild nonetheless book signing!!And following that, from 4-6 p.m., I’ll be at Ferguson’s Books and More in West Fargo, ND, signing more copies! I am so happy with my first venture into being a children’s book author. Come to one of these venues to enter into the life of a little red oak sapling who is very thirsty. Through the pages, this little tree learns about the water cycle, friendship, social skills and being patient and get your book copy (ies) signed by yours truly. Great Halloween, birthday, Christmas or just because I want to gift idea! Hope to see you there!

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Seeing, Smelling, Touching, Hearing is Believing

There are so many changes happening to the environment wherever you live. It could be a drought, like we have here in Minnesota. Or it may be unseasonably wet. Wildfire smoke in the air may be turning your bright, yellow sunshine to dim and orange.

The usual silence you experience may be pierced by cicadas buzzing or a cicada-like buzz from an airtanker carrying water or fire retardant to dump on one of those hard-to-put-out wildfires. You may be seeing a broader beach upon which your children can build sandcastles or a once-flowing creek now a nearly dry bed of grass. Yes, I guess one can watch this on the news and social media or hear about it on the radio but there is nothing, I repeat, nothing that can bring the true scope of the status of your natural environment than getting out and seeing it, feeling it, hearing it, smelling it, touching it. Nothing. It may be sad. How true for yours truly. I’d like to think it is another opportunity for education and problem-solving. We get very comfortable with the status quo in most areas of life. I challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and start being the change to your world. 

Check out my children’s book, “Dewdrops to Raindrops, A Drip’s Trip to Make Sappy Happy” to educate your children about the water cycle and what it takes for it to rain. Then, discuss it and come up with some ways to conserve our water, the most precious, life-sustaining resource we have.

Whether it is in the mountains, an ocean, river, forest or your own backyard.

Your Adventure Awaits

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Yes, indeed! Adventure is out there waiting! The perfect time is now! It is yours for the experiencing! What? Not ready? Let’s face facts. You will probably never have enough. Enough time. Enough money.Enough time. Enough support. Enough time. Enough creativity. Enough time. If these are excuses for not trying out a new adventure, I say HOGWASH! If you want it, do it. No excuses. No fear. (Well, maybe a little fear.) Take 5 minutes from social media scrolling and write the first sentence!
Check out my first children’s book writing adventure right here on my blog. Order your copy today.

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