We can take care of ourselves as a country until we have a government that knows how to help us. – Sarah Jones
Up since 4a.m. Only productive enough to make coffee. YouTube took the rest.
Apparently, it went down like this:
Friend’s dad was having a problem with the parking pass that he had purchased. The car full of twenty-somethings behind him grew impatient. They got out of their car and approached his car which contained in it not only himself but his wife and grandkids.
The impatient guys asked him what the problem was in a threatening tone. After a few rage fueled words were exchanged, the guys returned to their car, and the parking pass worked.
After friend’s dad dropped off his wife at the front building, he noticed the car that was previously behind him in line was still behind him. He was being followed.
He stopped and rolled down the window and asked the fellas if there was going to be a problem. Right then and there, the guys jumped him in front of his grandchildren who were still locked in seatbelts in the backseat.
They beat him badly. They put him in the hospital. All over parking.
When I heard this, I cried. I cried for my friend. I cried for those kids. I cried for the man’s wife. I cried for the loss of humanity. I cried for the stupidity that those guys probably inherited from their so-called fathers, men masquerading as fathers.
Has it always been this way? Did I just not know?
All the times that I’ve walked to my car alone at night without a care in the world…
I am trained, but I don’t know if I could take down four 20 year old guys.
This was not meant to be a Father’s Day post, but it looks like that is what it is becoming. So, here it is:
If you had a good childhood, and your dad taught you better than to lose your patience over parking, maybe give the guy a call if you can.
If you can’t, then participate in life in a way he would expect you to. Speak on behalf of those who can’t. Donate when you can. Feed someone less fortunate than you.
Be excellent to each other.
This morning, I took my kayak out for a little spin and came upon this little crevice.
I went inside and found a snake and something shiny. I have no idea what the shiny thing was. Real talk: Saw snake. Snake did not look friendly. Backed away quickly.
The best part about writing a children’s book is the quickness.
Recently, my business partner\friend and I finished our second children’s picture book, An Eartha & Audi Story.
Insert applause and tiny dancing dinosaurs here
From start to finish, the book took roughly 3 months. It is really cool to have an idea, mold like clay, have Duncan do the color bits (HI, DUNCAN!), slap it into a PDF, and be done with it.
It’s tempting to stick with these children’s books, because, they don’t take me a year or 10 years to write.
The 10 Year Story
Last night, I dusted off a story that I had written maybe 10 years ago. I read the story, and I felt excited about the story again. There’s more story to tell, and I’m really happy with what I have so far.
I decided to take what I learned James Patterson’s Masterclass and apply it to this story which I will refer to from now on as “the precious”.
This meant outlining.
First, I tried the James Patterson method which includes a single sheet of paper from a legal pad and a very fancy pen. As I was outlining the precious, I realized that I had a very strong beginning, zero middle, and a one sentence ending.
I thought that maybe the outlining method wasn’t working for me, so I went to the wall with some Post-its and markers. I wrote down actions stuff in red marker, conflict stuff green marker, love interest stuff in pink marker, and miscellaneous stuff in purple.
I would explain more about this method, but there’s no way that my explanation for this is more interesting than the video that I watched to learn it.
Watch it twice: Once for laughs, once for learning.
(Hide your childrens! There’s language in the video.)
It happened again. My Oreo had no creamy center.
A Day or Two of Rest
This process was exhausting.
For now, my Post-it notes and markers are stacked on top of my already typed, very strong beginning, and I think I will let them rest there while I work on another picture book.
Hey! Just a side note: thank you so much for reading.
You can pop over to WE ARE MAKING STORIES to learn about all of the projects that Duncan and I are doing together. The site is kid friendly, and if you sign up for the mailing list, you get free coloring pictures from time to time.
In the Works
Also, I have plans for a comedy serial, science-fiction serial, literary fiction, and much more. The only way I will ever get any of this done is if you hold me accountable.
Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.
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If that sounds cool, then you should click on this picture of a midbulk transport, standard radion accelerator core class-code 03-K64.
After three weeks of tissues, hot tea, and cough medicine, I am finally able to sit upright and breathe through both nostrils.
It’s the little things, folks.
I knew I was definitely on the mend when yesterday I started pulling out half-finished novels and mapping them in Scrivener.
I haven’t talked about my novel writing in a while. It isn’t because I’ve forgotten it or put it down forever. The reason is better: I started writing children’s books.
Last year, I offhandedly mentioned wanting to write some children’s books. One of my yoga friends who is an illustrator mentioned that she wanted to draw some children’s books. It seemed to make sense that we should work together.
So, we did! And, we do!
Our next book is coming out April 1st, and it has DINOSAURS!
Shoot her! –Jurassic Park
*Don’t worry: No dinosaurs were harmed in the writing of An Eartha and Audi Story.
We have another Fernando book slated for this year as well, and perhaps a few more.
I want to work some longer form stuff into my calendar which is really what I am supposed to be doing right now.
I’ll go do that now after I warm my tea.
Hey, thanks for reading.
You can read our (my and Duncan’s) kiddo friendly blogs about how we make children’s books, inspirations, and behind-the-scenes stuff at WEAREMAKINGSTORIES.com.
You can find Duncan’s way-cool drawings and other cool stuff at DuncanRagsdale.com.