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Monday, December 9, 2019

Hello Baby Hippo!

Wordfest was fantastic! I met and mingled with local book lovers like myself. I shared The Green Book Mystery with young readers and introduced The Purple Mystery. The second in the series, will be available for pre-order soon. ~ It's a blueberry pirate adventure.
While waiting for The Purple Mystery illustrations, the 3rd mystery is halfway done. Yes, there are now Native Americans roaming the Rocky Point library. And Pixie has befriended a famous native girl from the past…

And that’s not all. I resurfaced a manuscript from long ago. I wrote this one after romping hippo books at the library. My son who was about 8 at the time,  he's 23 now, got me thinking about hippos. He began saying the phrase, “Uno momento baby hippo.” Catchy right?  I couldn't pass on such a perfect story line. From these words, emerged a story about an adorable Baby Hippo patiently waiting for his mother to make him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

So with my Pixie illustrator stretched, I knew I could not task her with another book project. Ding! My daughter's in college at TAMUCC. What a better place to find a young and hungry artist in the graphics department. It was a win! Two weeks later I had a mock cover  and I couldn’t be more excited. My Baby Hippo illustrator, Malena and I hit it off instantly. We are up and running and this Spring my first picture book will be released. Un Momento Baby Hippo. 
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Broken With Purpose

As you know, I’m dealing with broken bones. The simple things are not so simple. Much like dressing a toddler, getting ready for my day is such a feat. I may go with a button unbuttoned, my hair might not be where I want it, and there’s a chance I may not be wearing shoes. My tennis shoes were double-knotted this morning. Is this some kind of sick joke? I was going to send out an SOS. "Is there anyone that could help me get my shoes untied and retied?"
I tend to jump into things and start running literally and figuratively. And this is exactly how I injured myself. I’m not a seasoned runner and shouldn’t have attempted a two mile run. My muscles and knees couldn’t handle the impact. This is what brought me to the ground.
Being forced to move slow isn’t easy, but I’m learning to be okay with it. Is this where I’m supposed to be, broken and bruised?  Perhaps this is where God wanted me. In the stillness, I’ve accepted I can’t rush things. For example, my second book is being illustrated and has been for quite some time. In the waiting, I found a picture book manuscript I did years ago. I reopened this door and now have Uno Momento Baby Hippo in the works.
Mentally, I’m in a good place. My love of words and creating stories is what I’m supposed to be doing. Isn’t it about unearthing our God given talents and using them as He intended?
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Not Just A New Car

I haven’t driven a new vehicle in over 20 years. So why’s this a big deal? My youngest son has left for college, making it three kids out of the nest. I’m down to the caboose child. She’s in 7th grade, so thankfully the nest is not completely empty.
So, last weekend we set out to buy a new car, not a suv. Mind you, I’ve been driving gas guzzling tanks for as long as I can remember. The idea of a car was foreign, out of my comfort zone. Not wanting to accept my nest is emptying and life was changing. More difficult, as I’ve always been a stay at home. ~ I’m still home, but as a writer.
I no longer need the extra rows for hauling 4 kids to and from school, evening practices, games, team dinners, doctor appointments, and the numerous trips to HEB.
So I did it, well actually my husband did. I’m the proud owner of a new Honda Accord with all the bells and whistles. A wonderful husband wanting me to have something nice, perhaps a rite of passage taking me into the next stage of my life.

Call it coincidence, what led us down the car path was my Tahoe breaking down. We limped it to the repair shop and learned it needed a new transmission. It was old and not worth fixing, so began my transition or transformation. Not sure which word works best here?
Not going to lie, seeing moms buzzing around town in their suvs full of kids and backpacks makes me a bit nostalgic. But until I have grandchildren, I’ll embrace the car life. Not sure what’s next, as things are changing faster than I like? But for today, I’ll pick up my daughter with the sunroof open blaring a rendition of Gun’s N’ Roses. She's gonna love the new shades. ;-) Yes, I just discovered Sirus radio and what fun this is.  
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Friday, July 12, 2019

The NeverEnding Story (Dustin + Suzie) (Stranger Things S03E08)

As a young girl, I discovered The NeverEnding Story at my local library.  Here, I found hope from a boy about my age hiding in a bookstore. If Bastian could work through his issues and transform by becoming a part of a story, then so could I.  Yes, The Neverending Story gave me hope and courage in the facing the impossible odds. Odds being: I was diagnosed with dyslexia, held back in fourth grade, and lost my father to cancer. After reading the book, watching the movie, I loved it even more.
I’m a huge Stranger Things fan and this is absolutely the best part of the entire season…
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Friday, May 17, 2019

The Writing Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is either in you or it's not. Turning hard work into a lucrative business has many layers. Most don't know where or how to start, some get lost somewhere in the middle, and some get to the end and they are no better than where they started. 
For me, this has been trial and error. After starting Empire Salsa, I quickly learned the ends and outs of product distribution. And that one needed deep pockets to compete in the big leagues. -  I fell in to the later category. I rode the success wave in the middle, but in the end had to throw in the towel.  But everything happens for a reason and the purpose of this failure was to learn from my mistakes. I would not have the knowledge now, if it weren't for that experience. 
After unearthing my god given talent, I knew this is what I was supposed to be doing. Writing for children. I have the writing part down and have learned to network and recognize my weaknesses. I think perseverance is the key to being an entrepreneur and being able to brush things off, get back up, and crush it. 
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