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An excerpt from my first children’s book: “Dewdrops to Raindrops”

“I’m so thirsty,” Sappy, the little oak tree said out loud to himself. “And, I’m lonely. I’d sure like to talk to the squirrel who planted my acorn two Harvest Moons ago. The goofy, gray ball of chatter picked me up, cracked my shell in his sharp teeth, drooled on me, and then had the nerve to drop me into a shallow hole he dug out in the middle of nowhere. Then he flicked his tail as he bounded away! So here I am, no one my size to talk to cuz the rest of my fellow oak nuts are way over there.”

This opening paragraph sets the stage for the young reader to learn about what a tree needs to grow, the water cycle, friendship, learning and practicing patience and being a good listener. I have created tools to emphasize each theme, for a parent, an elementary classroom teacher, paraprofessional, or counselor, to reinforce with the child(ren). At this time, they will be in paper format. In the future, I hope to have a short video available, also.

Follow my page to stay tuned in to my blog for the publishing schedule, thoughts behind the illustrations, successes and roadblocks in learning to self-publish a book and other daily adventures in the life of DM Johnson, Author!

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My Why

My bestie gave me an encouragement stone, you know the smooth rocks that have positive messages engraved or painted on them, after an unexpected loss of my life’s career became my reality. The stone reads “Do What You Love”. I gotta tell ya I was doing what I loved in that career. Okay, moving on…..This was my opportunity to figure out my new “love”. It turns out I had it all along but was afraid I’d fail miserably at it so didn’t even attempt to look into it. That love is writing coupled with teaching our youth about their environment and how they can connect with it, appreciate it, treat it well and pass it along to their children and grands. So, in a nutshell, that is my why for diving into the world of authoring and publishing a children’s book. Do I have formal training as a journalist. Nope. But I have a gift for writing I’ve been told many times over so I’m going with it. I hope you will join me on this journey. Maybe figure out your “Why” and how to do what you love, too. I be grateful if you’d share my blog with your friends, kids’ teachers, siblings…you know what I’m saying:) Thank you!!

I hope to inspire my readers of all ages to allow themselves to imagine!

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

One step at a time. This past week has been huge for my manuscript. My editor completed her task and the revisions and corrections have been made. English class was a loooonnngggg time ago for this girl so I needed some help with my commas, quotation marks and other punctuation. This week is a trip to Oregon to discuss illustrations with a potential artist. I have two first grade teachers reading through the manuscript for suggestions and appropriate age clarification. The second grade teacher who read through it gave the content a thumbs up for her student’s curriculum.

I will start blogging about finding a publisher vs self-publishing in the near future. Still on the fence about writing your own book? Believe me when I say, “Just write the first sentence.” And then hang on and enjoy the ride!

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Someday, I want to write a children’s book…

Have you ever had this or a similar thought? Maybe you like to draw, paint, travel, or write poetry. I have loved reading since I memorized my nursery rhyme book at the age of three, according to my mom. Words can lift, depress, color, take you to a different place and time. I digress.

Someday, I want to write a children’s book. I’ve thought this, dreamed about this and toyed with themes over the years but, keyword here, but I was too busy or too tired, too this or too that. I’ll start later. I’m not a writer, I’m not good enough to write a book, or I’m just an ordinary girl from Central Minnesota or wherever. Famous last words, right?? In October 2019, I attended a women’s retreat that challenged me to write the first sentence. I can do that, I replied. It took 8 months but I did it. Wrote the whole darn thing, in fact. So, I challenge you as you read this post, write the first sentence, draw the first line, brush on that first stroke of color, book that someday trip. You can do it. I know you can. And it will feel incredible!