Have Words – Will Travel

LFL1I absolutely love hearing about how you’re sharing Bright or Blue and who you’re sharing it with.  I may be a bit biased (ok, more than a bit) but I truly believe that there is a message here worth sharing.  We all have bad days, not a single person is exempt.  The wonderful news is – we all have the power to find a little brightness even on the worst days.  There is always, always, something to be grateful for.

As I was muddling through the writing and editing process I decided that if Bright or Blue impacted just one person, even in a small way, then I would feel quite successful indeed.

Here are a few ways in which I’ve heard that Bright or Blue has been shared so far:LFL4

  • Elementary school teacher sharing with coworkers
  • Children’s creative relaxation/mindfulness/yoga instructor sharing with students
  • Medical professional sharing with a cancer patient suffering from depression

And there have been many parents/grandparents/friends etc. expressing their excitement over reading Bright or Blue with the special children in their lives.

LFL2These stories warm my heart in ways I can never express.  Please keep them coming!  I am so grateful for you.

As a small gesture to pay it forward I have been leaving copies of Bright or Blue in Little Free Libraries.  I hope these copies make it into the hands of many children.  LFL5LFL3For more information or to purchase a copy of Bright or Blue (use coupon code Kimber at checkout for a 10% discount) please click here.

{ The Wait is Over } ‘Bright or Blue’ is now for sale!

I am beyond excited to announce that my first children’s picture book, Bright or Blue, is now available for purchase!  Bright or Blue is a beautifully illustrated, hardcover children’s picture book which follows our irresistibly wide-eyed, crazy-haired protagonist through a really rough morning until she’s gently reminded by her mom that there really is a better way.

“I have the power to shape my days.”IMG_4555

I must mention, as my innocent nine year old pointed out, that I “basically did 1/4 of the work and she (being the talented illustrator, Alexandra Gheorghiu) did 3/4 of the work”.  While I wouldn’t exactly call the writing process easy – I happily admit that the story truly came to life because of Alexandra’s vision, and for that I am eternally grateful!

Bright or Blue can be ordered direct from the publisher, Splashing Cow Books, by clicking here.  Enter Book Farmer* Code Kimber in the box, as shown below, at checkout to receive a 10% discount on this or any books (coupon code does not apply to digital media) you purchase directly from Splashing Cow!

BFCode I encourage you to check out Splashing Cow’s entire catalog, there are many wonderful books and products currently available with more coming soon!

If you have a chance to read Bright or Blue, I would be grateful if you would leave an honest review here on goodreads.  Thank you so much.  Enjoy!

*For more information on the FREE Book Farmer program offered by Splashing Cow Books, and how you can earn commissions simply by sharing the books you already love, click here.

‘Great’ Ideas (and why it’s ok to defy your comfort zone)

Sometimes I come up with these really great ideas.  Like the time, when my son was just a few months old, I decided I wanted to learn how to drive a motorcycle.  Why I chose that time, with a new little person completely dependent on me, to learn how to drive a two-wheeled death machine is still a little fuzzy.  But, I got the idea in my head and there was nothing left to do but follow through.  I took a weekend class, passed my test, and was the proud recipient of a motorcycle endorsement.  Nine years later, I’m still here.  I guess that ‘great’ idea didn’t turn out so bad.

More recently, my great idea led me to a daily writing routine and the purchase of a antique writing desk.Antique Secretary Desk

I started with an online children’s book writing course to get a feel for the industry and to brush up on any grammar and punctuation rules that may have fled my mind since my school days.  I began writing every morning.  I purchased reference materials, read countless blogs and articles online about writing for children, and spent a lot of time at my local library.  Everything went swimmingly up to and including the point when Splashing Cow Books accepted my manuscript.  However, all the reference materials in the world couldn’t have prepared me for the fact that I suddenly and knowingly thrust myself into a very media-driven profession.

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Good Grammar & Great Cookies

I love the gluten free registry app for finding safe restaurants to eat at while I’m traveling.  During a recent search, I came across this review of a restaurant with a gluten free menu:

Grammar is important, people!

Grammar is important, people!

‘Sandwitches and deserts’ are a bit too gritty for my taste but I can recommend a super-awesome, gluten free cookie recipe!  This is my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and it’s a pleaser to the non-GF crowd as well.

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Dedicated to the Unknown King

I recently had great fun digging through my memory box.  My mom was good about saving stories that I wrote, school projects, cards that I made for family members, etc.

A couple things in particular made me laugh.  First, there’s this dedication page in a book that I wrote for a school project when I was 12.

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‘This book is dedicated to the unknown king, Sir Ren.’

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The Book Chooses The Writer

I first started writing about a little girl who wanted to grow up to be a pirate.  “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” her parents would wonder.  My protagonist’s sister was a very girly-girl.  I liked the idea of the story very much.  I wrote a rough outline and character bibles and I thought I was ready to let the story pour out on paper.  But another story snuck its way into my mind, with a very different feel and a very different character.  I tried to ignore her, at least until I could complete my young pirate’s tale.

One evening I found my mind drifting to this other story while meditating.  Instead of fighting my thoughts, I let them flow.  And then to humor those pesky little thoughts even more, I asked my spirit guides for a sign (I had just finished reading Rebecca Rosen’s book, Spirited). More