A Little Wiser…

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“Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than when you woke up.” Charles Munger

A little introspective today….this quote spoke to me. In ______ years from now, you fill in the number, what lessons will we be teaching our children about how to take care of Mother Earth. And on the flip side, what lessons will we be teaching our children about how to move forward from past errors as we pass the baton to the younger generations to take care of Mother Earth?

This is one of my “whys” for creating and self-publishing children’s picture books with a science/nature lesson component. Just the facts, no bias. If you wish, check out the first of the series of three books on my website.

Have a wonderful, wiser day!

Celebrate Local Authors!

Join me plus over 20 more local authors on Saturday, June 18, 2022, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion, 900 1st St E, Park Rapids, MN! Book readings, signings of new books purchased at the event and more will be happening! Color me excited to be a part of this great event with my first children’s book, “Dewdrops to Raindrops, A Drip’s Trip to Make Sappy Happy.” I have a limited number of books available so come on up to beautiful northern Minnesota and join the fun:)

Check out https://beagleandwolf.com/events.html for more information.

Life Happens…Blog Posts Don’t…Story Writing Continues

Good day! Sorry to have been away for so long. It has been a bit busy with a new granddaughter, extended journeys to SE Alaska, Oregon and Montana, plus a little revenue-generating work at the insurance office. HOWEVER, the number of blog posts written does not mirror the book writing I’ve done during this time. The second book of the Sappy and Dropsy book series has been sent to the illustrator while the first paragraph, the most difficult to for this author to set a catchy “hook”, has been written for the third and final book of the series! During this time, I also wrote a children’s story about a significant river restoration project on Chichagof Island in SE Alaska, how it relates to the future of the salmon population and subsistence living on the island. This manuscript is currently in review for cultural correctness and sensitivity as it contains a dictionary of Tlingit terms. Funny that. I started this story last summer and totally missed the mark on the content and gist of the educational component of the story. Can you say sidetracked with too many ideas? I now have another manuscript to finish “someday”.

I guess my message of the day is life happens, prioritize events, enjoy the scenery and always lug your computer, or whatever you use to write on or in, with you. Seven hours on a ferry or in an airport can be pretty productive time for your art. Just write the first sentence!

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Inspiration in the Dry Times

Inspiration. Whether you are a writer, journal-keeper, author, artist, creator, teacher or other educator, poet, photographer, social media marketer or any other vocation or avocation, dry times invade everyone’s creativity. With that comes writer’s block in my case. Where do I find inspiration? Outside using my senses.

Being outdoors with the fresh air, natural colors, sounds of songbirds, bees and neighbor life, feel of the leaves, grasses and flowers, and following the movement of the wind on the water restore my soul, my thoughts, my brain, my creativity and my drive to keep pushing through the dry times.

What inspires you? Share it with the rest of the viewers. It may be just the ticket to get those creative juices flowing. If not, it’s just the greatest to be outside in nature, anyway😊

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The Writing Goes On………

In the long hiatus from this blog, I have been working on several story ideas. The main goal has been to complete the second in the series of three books about Sappy, the little red oak sapling as he experiences the changing seasons in Minnesota. Or Wisconsin, Michigan and anywhere else the red oaks grow.

I can’t lie. It was tougher to write the second book. As I wrote the first story, “Dewdrops to Raindrops, A Drip’s Trip to Make Sappy Happy”, the words literally flew from my fingertips like lightning from a cloud. I had formed the outline of the story in my brain for so long that it was a snap to put into words. This story, from the beginning of autumn to early winter, took longer to write. And more effort.

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What I had to do with this manuscript was schedule time to write. If you aren’t currently purposefully setting aside writing time, I encourage you to do so. In my case, I had to plan meals ahead of time, let the laundry wait another day and the dust bunnies grow a bit larger. In other words, I had to give myself permission to let some things go so I could focus on letting the second story grow. Oooh, I kinda like that! Let some things go so other things can grow. You heard it here first, folks!

As always, just write the first sentence. However, if the subsequent sentences are slow in forming, you know what to do. Take the time, make the time to write. No multitasking. Just focus on writing. Or illustrating. Or editing. Or promoting. Or working on your blog.