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Expectations

looking forward to…anticipation a looking for as due,proper, or necessary thing looked forward to…a reason or warrant for looking forward to something;…prospect for the future, as of advancement or prosperity…the probability of the occurrence, duration, etc. of something

We all have expectations….of life….of our friends and family….of events….and ourselves……..we have expectations of zillions of things.

Many of those we are not even conscious of…take for example….a voice on the radio….. I can listen to that voice for a long time without much thought about the person ….until one day … I  when I saw  a photo of that …VOICE/person… I was surprised with what I saw…I don/t know what I had expected… however…what I saw did not seem to fit… I actually was impressed with what I saw..

So that goes to show that our expectations can not only disappoint us….but in some cases…far excede our expectations….What made me think about this subject was this …my blog.  Upon developing it my thoughts were….hmm…not exactly sure what to write….and if I do…who will even want to read it?

To my surprise….it now has over 31,000 hits…and I have to say…I am quite amazed about that….and on top of that….people actually took the time to comment….I did take a break from writing….but with the winter months rushing in…and the snow on it’s way….and seeing how many hits I have gotten….I am motivated….I am in a writing mood once again.

How about you….have you experienced any….”GREAT EXPECTATIONS ” lately???

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Michelangelo
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Yes…there may come a day when our life will flash before our eyes…would ours be worth watching???

Have you ever had a moment … a moment when something caused your life to flash before you???…a moment when something  caused you to take a serious look at the years that have passed. ..how you have  spent them..something that made you wonder about the years to come and how you will spend them???…If your life flashed before you today…can you say…Yes…it was worth watching or do you think you would want to change the channel ???

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the ability to look back…and change the channel if we did not like what flashed before us???

Well…we all know that is not possible…what is past is past…However .. if our life has not been worth watching…or if our life could be a better watch…do we have the capacity to change that???…Can a person make their life…a …more worth while watch??…In the hustle and bustle of our daily routine…can a person make changes  to  their own channel???…Can we work to change  the inevitable “life flashing  before our eyes” so we will be happy with the channel our life has been on???

That got me wondering…Is it possible in looking back…  that what we see flash before our eyes …is in part …reality combined with our  perceived reality???…Is it possible that the life that might flash before us…is a mixture of…people and events and behaviors…that we have come to believe as our life…but may not have actually occurred as we remember???….Can there be memories of our lives…that  have been manufactured by others…or…redesigned by ourselves to suit our needs and attitudes ???

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.  Albert Einstein

I wonder about this …as there are days I pick up an old journal I have written …and…I read and find to my surprise that…what I wrote about an event or feeling or behavior of a certain day…is very different from what I… now remember it to have been….In some cases it may have been only a few years and still…my memory has …over time… become distorted…So now I wonder about… if my life flashes before me one day…will it be my real life or my life distorted by time and the tricks my memory might have played.

So now I wonder…How  much of my life …that I remember to be my life…really is???…How much is a distortion of it???…When my life flashes before me one day…will I truly be watching my channel or might it be a bad connection somewhere…causing distortion???…

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.

Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Hans Margolius

Think about it….How quiet are  your waters ???…How distorted are your  perceptions???



My book Sam’s Weird Afternoon is presently in …

The New Covey Book Cover Award….contest.

Kurt Jones  of  Tate Publishing…was the brilliant illustrator  I worked with ..to develop Sam and the cover of Sam’s Weird Afternoon….. I was so very happy when we finalized what Sam would look like…and the cover came out better than I expected…I think it is very colorful and  eye catching…I hope you do too!

My  hope is that with enough votes from all of you ….my book cover might just be a winner for April !!!

Just click on the link below …go to entry # 14…and vote.

http://thenewcoveycoverawards.blogspot.com/

Voting will take place from April 1- 15th.

Sam…Kurt and I….thank you all in advance for your support and I will let you know what the results are after the 15th.

Thanks to all of you who voted …Sally and I are very excited about this…..Sam

Today I really thought about …being creative…yes…creative I said !!!….February is …I love to read month…and…I was thrilled to receive an  invite to ..Minawasta..a local elementary school…..to read Sam’s Weird Afternoon…However…it became a bit challenging today…5 different classrooms came to sit and listen…I was having so much fun…however…I was actually boring myself…It was the same thing over and over…listening exercise…story…help with a new story I am writing…and so…I tried to change it up a bit…get creative.

Now I must be clear…I read the book to each class as if it was the very first group I had read it to…which was fun…It was the rest of the presentation that needed something…and so…thanks to …Fred Penner and his song…Sandwiches Are Beautiful…I decided to make a song to go with my book…I hope he doesn’t mind….I just took his song and changed the words to go like this…

My shoes are beautiful…my shoes are fine.

I like my shoes…I wear them all the time.

I wear them in the winter and I wear them in the fall.

If I had  a hundred pairs of shoes…

I think I’d wear them all.


 

 

To my surprise…the kids…whom …I must say… were wonderful listeners…were …even better  singers!!!…That little addition to each presentation…made all the difference…for me anyway. I still have 4 more classes in Minnewasta Elementary…to present to…but with more activities…I am now ready for more classes.

Ahhh…the life of a published writer…fun but tiring…Hmmm…what exactly happened ???…I thought I had retired with lots  of…freedom…no demands…sleeping in late…right???…WRONG!!  …..but I wouldn’t change a thing….It is easy to forget what fun kids can be…how they can make you laugh..laugh…and laugh again!!!…Now how bad can that be???

 

Yes…a break..I am not exactly sure why…as this year… it took me way too long to get in the spirit…and..do I want to loose it yet????…..however…before the new year rolls in I will take a break.

I just put another order in for more copies of …Sam’s Weird Afternoon…I am in no rush to get them as I still have a bunch…however…this time I am getting a few free t-shirts along with the order…a little holiday spirit from my publisher possibly????…They will be fun to see…and that made me realize that I needed to wake up Sam!!!

Yes…Along with holidays…Sam has been on the back burner…and I wasn’t sure exactly how to pull him forward…until yesterday….Ever have something like that…something you procrastonated about…something you really DID want to get busy with??…but for some reason…the procrastonating…and all the stress that comes with it..seems to be exactly where you wanted it to be ….for a while anyway…like me and Sam…???

Have you ever had something occur that for some weird reason…made you want to pull that procrastinated thing out…to bring it to the front burner…to get active with it again???…Well…for me that event occurred yesterday…Any author will tell you…book writing is fun…but book marketing is a long..lonely journey….and when that journey seems ever so long…and oh so tireing…it may take an outside influence to get you happily back on track …back on that journey once again….That event for me was a phone call…just one phone call…to my sister…my writer sister…After chatting about holidays, health, family…we got into discussing our book adventures…I cannot put my finger on exactly …what caused me to be re-energized to get back on my jouney…to wake up Sam…and to wake up ME.

Could it have been just chatting with her over the holidays???…or…Maybe it was how we shared our book marketing experiences???…or…Could it have been… just one little thing… that she might have said???…She…my sister Sharon…the one who encouraged me to first write and submit a story…Sharon…13 months older….whom I shared a childhood with…or…could it be the supportive words she gave…that got me wanting to get back on track with Sam..

I suppose I will never know…but one thing I do know…next time I get lost…tired…procrastinate about Sam…I will call her…just to chat for a few minutes….Do you think it is possible …to give energy over the phone…can  energy  pass through the phone wires…could it be that she passed some of  hers on to me???…

My sister and I

This all …Makes me wonder … these days…we use the phone less ….and…. email more….it makes me wonder about…how hearing a voice can give so much more than the written word…and so…hmmm…should I start making more phone calls ???…If a person’s voice…even over the phone can energize another….am I  losing an energy source???…is that why my lights become dim every once in a while????

20 Days till Christmas morning…

A roller coaster…ahhh yes…that describes my life as a children  book author…up one minute and down the next…turn to the right…turn to the left!!

Book signing at McNally this Saturday was good…well….let me clarify that…it was very good…once the first hour was over…and by the time it was over…I realized…I had not done this in some time…NOT GOOD…as I had lost my momentum…I was off my game a bit…and…truth be told…I was even a bit intimidated that day…it was a bit of a difficult hill to ride.

I suppose we all find ourselves having those days…days when our roller coaster is heading downhill….no matter how hard we try not to…Wouldn’t …… start moving up the hill again … be the goal…Going uphill would take much more effort than going down…in fact…going down takes no effort at all!!!….So finding the energy…and keeping your eyes on the up hill…would be in order.

I suppose that…if on a roller coaster…one could find himself going downhill…in two ways….The first would be…coasting down with  eyes straight ahead…seeing where one is headed…and…inevitably…having a bit of  momentum to start-up the next hill…The second would be…heading down the hill backwards…not seeing where you are going… losing momentum as you go…Two ways to go down …and so…two ways to try to get back up…one being  much easier than the other.

What goes up…must come down….right???…If that is so….It would be impossible to stay up…all the time….Wouldn’t gravity… at some point… prevail….however….is it possible that one might stay down…  find it impossible to get back up???….Is it possible that …one might  not be able to find enough energy to get back up the hill???….Can  gravity  become stronger than a person’s drive ???…Is it easier to go up  a  second…brand new hill…rather that having to … attempt to climb the same exact hill…you couldn’t get up the first time???

It all makes me wonder…with all that hill climbing…wouldn’t it be nice if we got a bit of exercise out of it???…Oh..Oh!!!…maybe we do!!…Could it be that … climbing all those hills…exercises our minds…Think about it…Just like the person who hikes and climbs… the more they hike and climb…the the easier it gets???…Or is it that…it  does get easier… only because…they train for it???

If so…is it possible to train for those roller coaster hills/rides … that make up our life???…Can we prepare ourselves to be more successful at getting up the   hills???…Is it possible that… at times…we can get on a roller coaster …that is too big???…One we have not trained for….one we are  not prepared  to ride???

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Want to be creative with your gingerbread this year????…Here are some ideas.

 

 

24 more days till Christmas morning……

I’m singing in the SNOW…lots and lots of SNOW…and it is another good day…The key????….Walking in the morning with beautiful sparkly…white snow…everywhere!!!!  What a wonderful experience.

Snow…think about it for a minute…for many of us it is a normal part of our winter…but…not for everyone…A number of years ago…I met a girl  who moved to Manitoba…from Paraguay…and was living through her first winter with snow…I will always remember her telling me …how amazed she was when she saw her first snowflakes fall from the sky…Why??? I asked…Her answer was …”I never knew snow fell from the sky…I always thought it came up from the ground”…and right then I couldn’t help but smile.

I embrace emerging experience. I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly.
I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly.

Goes to show how a bit of experience…can open your eyes…can teach you… enlighten you…It makes me wonder…how many misconceptions  we all have…possibly because of… lack of experience???…Just like the snow falling…It makes me wonder…how much misinformation…are we all storing in our mind’s files…and how much of that misinformation …can cause a person…to…deduct…or assume…other false info???

If a person believes that…snow comes up from the ground…one might also suppose that…one  never has to clean off a car…and…the trees…the trees would never be beautifully snow covered…and drifts…would there be any snow drifts???…And if the snow comes up from the ground…would there be snowflakes???…and…how about driving visibility…it would always be pretty good…unless there was a very strong wind…right???

Snow…yes snow… and a walk in it has again…been the key to a very good day…for me…So I think I will keep walking…and…on days when the snow flakes are falling…I hope it will remind me to…keep an open mind…always wonder or question…until I have experienced it myself.

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Today I want to share with you some Christmas trees…If you haven’t the space or the money…these may be just what you are needing….

 

 

26 days till Christmas morning….Ho, Ho, Ho…

Have you ever had those days when …you just feel…your life is coming together??

Everyone has good days and bad ones… and for me… today is a good day…It is as if all the pieces of the puzzle…my puzzle…have come together today..Could it be that…all the planets are  lined up just right??…or maybe it is just a bit of good karma ..or could it be that beautiful walk I had out in the snow this morning????…

When you feel life is coming together…it is like…you know …the feeling of finishing one of those 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles….how…when  that last piece is put in…the picture finally …all comes together???…I suppose life can be like that…Are we just one big giant puzzle???…Is  life  made up of… the fitting of thousands of pieces together… like a puzzle??…I suppose it could be…and…like  a puzzle…there can be days when there is a missing a piece or two…and there may be days when…. you feel like the pieces are all jumbled up in the box…and couldn’t there be days when…like for me today…that last piece of the picture is finally in???

Now…just because a person’s life (puzzle) comes together one day…doesn’t mean that a piece …can’t be lost once in a while…And whose to say… that your puzzle can’t end up …all mixed up in the box again… one day!!!  I bet you are thinking…what about that puzzle glue stuff???…the  bottled stuff that keeps a puzzle together for eternity???…Wouldn’t it be wonderful…you are thinking…if we had some life glue like that???

I don’t know about you…but…I think it would be terribly boring…if we could actually…hold  our lives together with  some kind of glue. I will admit I do love the days when it all comes together…however……

Loosing a puzzle piece… every once in a while…can’t be a bad thing…now…can it????

I receive a royalty check from my Publisher 4 times a year…and so far I have received 3 of them…one of which just arrived last week…and…I  and I am well aware that…I should not expect to get rich anytime soon from them.

“Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don’t really mean anything.” …Norman Lear

Fortunately I had done enough research regarding book sales … prepared me…I had developed very real goals and expectations….unlike some people close to me who had higher hopes for sales….However…Each check showed that the amount of books sold had increased…and…since that was my goal…to ensure each check showed an increase…no matter how small…I feel quite successful!!

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks” as if “…they were great and noble.

Although my  royalty checks…reflect a very small accomplishment… I actually look  forward to them…and the pleasure they bring.

How about you and your expectations….how high do you set them???…and…how realistic are they…really????….Do you approach even the smallest of  task… AS IF ….it were  a great and noble one????….Can you find …as much pleasure in  small accomplishments… as the large???…

And now for another installment of my collections…something new this time….interesting art installations….this is Umbrella Art…. 

Yes it is Friday once again and I can’t really tell you where the past seven days went to….Hey…I just had  an idea !  How about we carry a camcorder around with us all week and tape us going through it…then at the end of each week…on Friday nights possibly…sit back with a nice glass of wine or a cold beer…pop the tape/dvd …or what ever….and turn it on to watch in very fast motion…where the past week went !!!   Just a thought….

I just glanced up at the little red light on our answering machine…the little red light that blinks when a message has been left…the same little red light that I check each time  I enter our home.  Odd that a  blinking tiny little lite can provide a person with anticipation..relief… wonder…or…on some days…dissapointment.  I suppose it is a good thing that is has no idea ….the effect it has on those who look at it…and that ..it is controlled by the people who make a phone call. I know…that little red light…doesn’t think….However…Imagine if it had a life of it’s own and could blink when IT wanted to and not have to wait for a call…Imagine if it had the ability to blink whenever because it felt like ….playing with our emotions…kind of like Hal ..the computer ….in the sci fi movie from way back.

Well…our emotions are quite easy to play with and we do it to each other everyday…..I will give it a try right now….

Did you smile????

 

Amazed are you????

 

 

Ouch !!  I bet some of you cringed…..

How easy it is to affect people’s  thoughts and feelings….

My new collection will begin with my next post…if you would like me to find a collection YOU would like to see…let me know…something weird and different….

This past weekend we went to …THE BODY EXHIBITION…which is presently in Winnipeg at the MTS exibition centre.

For anyone who has not heard about it…it is an exhibition of the human body…or should I say…bodies…real bodies.  No…they are not alive…but have been preserved in a polymers of some kind.. Ever wonder what the insides of YOU look like???  Ever wonder how we work ??? or what our insides are made up of????   If so…this is for you!!!  It is very educational and will allow you to see our skeletal , muscle, nerve, systems and more. You will see body parts…and body dissections…all displayed as would be a collection of art sculptures…in fact…I suppose that is what they are!!!If this exhibition comes to your town…I would encourage you to go and check it out.  If you are an athlete or medical or massage person…you don’t want to miss this.

Sam and I were invited to a special story time this weekend as well at McNally Robinson. The group was quite small but we all had a fun time…especially when Josef made balloon creations for the kids. I brought my puppets…Sniffles, Snuffles and Elliot … for the kids to have fun with. It is always amazing how even the quietest child becomes animated when a puppet is doing the talking for them.  Not a book selling day…but definitely worth the time.

A note about the jack-o-lanterns in today’s posting..  These two were sent to me by a visitor to this site…Thanks to a reader …from sunny Florida…for these wonderful creations…I think he not only did a great job cutting out…but the photography makes them come to life…don’t you agree???

Collections….I have such fun finding these things…I hope you enjoy seeing them…Butter…yes…butter has been the media used in the past few sculptures I have shared..Now..how and why would anyone choose butter of all things. I would suspect they must do their art in a large fridge/freezer or something  so as not to melt.  I get enough cold… just living here in Manitoba…maybe the artist live in hot climates and enjoy the change of temperature….I just don’t get it…but I love the creations…..

As Thanksgiving  is just around the corner for us Canadians…I do believe it is time to give thanks…thanks for all that we are fortunate to have…thanks for another day…thanks for family and friends…thanks for all the abundance of food we have…and thanks for making us wise enough to know ….we have lots to be grateful for.

If we were all to make a list of things to be grateful for and things not to be grateful for… most of our lists will be longer on one side than the other… I am sure there are some whose list will weigh heavy on the not grateful side…those people may  feel life has handed them a bad deck of cards.  A list like that would make me wonder …does their list  truly reflect their life???…or their perception of their life???

I do believe that our perception of life …IS OUR REALITY…so if our perception paints our reality….wouldn’t that mean that if a person is able to change their perception…they would be able to in turn…change and repaint their reality???  It would for sure take a lot of work to do that…but…doesn’t it seem possible???  Could it just mean… seeing life in a more positive way??? For example…I fall down the stairs and break my arm..I have the choice to …. say…”I must have tripped….Whew…thank heavens it was only 10 steps”…or I can swear and say ” Darn steps…stupid house…and cry??”

I wonder if you are like me…every once in a while I have to give myself a pinch…and remind myself of how fortunate I am…and to be thankful for that. I was thinking about how easy it is to get caught up in the business of each day and forget about what I have…my fortune… (as I sometimes like to call it.) Visiting my daughter in Vancouver is always a big pinch for me …after walking past many street people … in dirty clothes and a  cart full old stuff…it makes me a bit sad for them…and me…very thankful for the life I have.

Nothing to be grateful for you may think..on occasion???…but…Have you ever considered being grateful for toilet paper..or…the blanket on your bed…or…the toilet in your bathroom…or even ….doors windows and walls that  give you privacy????  How about the cupboards that keep your food clean and free from the environment…or…how about your tub or shower???  I know, I know. …you probably are thinking I am taking being grateful to the extreme…but…what harm is there in doing that??? It is so easy to forget the little things…but it is all the little things put together…that make the puzzle…our life.

So next time your list …gets a bit too heavy on the ..not grateful side…go take take a bath…and consider being grateful.

No sand today as I just felt like being colorful instead!!!!

Ok..ok…just one last sand item …new collection will begin after the weekend…..


So…how hard can it be you may wonder???  Well….Let me tell you…pretty darn hard!!

I am on head #4 and either it is too small…too round…too skinny…pin head looking…and it seems no matter how hard I try to make a better pattern…it just does not look anything like Sam from my book!!!  So I think it is time to rethink and maybe do a bit more research on-line. I have watched many tutorials on you tube and it looked so easy…ha!!  I guess if had been making them for years…it would be easy.

So I will go take a few pictures to give you an idea of what I am talking about.  However…so as not to have them go to waste…I have finished them for the kids to play with….see….

I actually think the harder I try the worse they are…but that will not stop me. I am determined to have one to bring with me on Oct. 16th reading that looks kind of like Sam. I will let you know if I am successful or not.  The one good thing about it all is I am having fun!!!

Let’s get back to sand and my thoughts on it….or should I say…others thoughts on it….

  • To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.  William Blake
  • Time is like a handful of sand…the tighter you grasp it…the faster it runs through your fingers.
  • Our best built certainties are but sand houses and subject to damage from any wind of doubt that blows.  Mark Twain

  • Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.  French proverb
  • You throw the sand against the windand the wind blows it back again.  William Blake
  • If you must speak ill of another..do not speak it write it in sand,ear the water’s edge.


All’s well today and so I will stop my telling you about my appliance issues and get on with the real blogging….

Sand…ever think about sand???   How small each piece is and how many it must take to develop one little beach???  Ever wonder why..there is some sand you can drive a car on and others you can’t ….and why do they call it quick sand???  I that really made of sand???  Or how about sand in an hourglass…do all hour glasses use the same kind of sand and has anyone actually timed an hour-glass to see if it really takes the time it says????

Sand…what a topic you might be thinking…but I have to tell you I have found some wonderful things (sculptures) made with sand and want to share them with you over the next few days..  Anyone ever make a sand castle???  I remember loving to do just that when I was younger…For the past three years I had been wanting to do just that while on holidays….but  I never did…why not???  I am not sure…Too childish???…not for me but I suppose I hadn’t done it in so long that a but of intimidation crept in there.

Well….these people were not intimidated !!!   I would wonder how many hours it took to do some of these and how long they remained in tact. Kind of like preparing for anything…the making takes hours…but the taking down…only minutes.  For example…a dinner…an event…a stage show..etc. There is something kind of sad about that  :(……

And so…here they are…Sand Creations….I hope you enjoyed them as you read my post. Pretty amazing work!!

I would be the first one to say I love mystery…but this has gone way too far for me.  My computer does not want to turn off!!!  It seems to have a mind of its own and although my trusty computer guy worked on it for 2 days…he could not find out why…nor could he fix it.

So computer….I will have to resort to actually unplugging you.. to get you to turn off from here on in.

However…I am back and ready to blog my little heart out !!   I will get to work on some new virtual collections…and…share some weird and interesting  photos with you in the days to come. I must go to bed…have a heavy shopping day tomorrow and I wouldn’t want to be tired.

Take note of  the left side bar…scroll down a bit and you will find a link to a daily funny quote you can check on each time you visit.  I will leave you with one weird but beautiful  photo before I leave….

I was thrilled when I was invited to be a part of kid’s storytime at CBC Radio’s open house event in September.  I  checked out a few puppet making sites and decided to get my puppet of Sam …done… to bring with me on that day…so I have been a bit distracted from the computer. Making a puppet head out of foam is kind of fun and I spent most of today working on a few.

William Stafford

These days it seems I am often  distracted …so does that mean … I am more the person that I am???  And if so…what exactly does that mean???   And if it means …I am not lost…but rather…found….I suppose to continue to be distracted is a good thing…I guess with each distraction I am becoming more…ME….and the more I am distracted…the me-er me I  become….so…bring on the distractions!!! 

Is this the secret to “Finding one’s self”?? …becoming the real you??? …becoming the youest you… you can be???

I suppose a distraction CAN be a good thing…it can help you take your mind off of a worry…or it can give you something different to do…or it can take you away from something you don’t want to do.  But…there are days when a distraction becomes so encompassing that a person can forget to finish the wash…or… forget something in the microwave….or I lose complete track of time…even forget to have lunch. 

Somebody was distracted…OUCH !

Have you ever been distracted from a distraction???   Happens to me all the time.  I don’t really know any more what really IS a distraction as I can some days… be distracted from something ….and minutes later be distracted again …and before that is done I find myself…again…distracted.  Makes it difficult some days to get anything finished unless I set a timer to jolt me out my distractions.

Just like right now…I was working on my puppet head…walked by the computer to go get something…and now here I am …and my puppet waits.  Ahhh…distracted again. But now I am going to make a conscious decision to return to Sam and leave the writing till tomorrow…or the next day…or???

There are times when even the tiniest distraction would NOT be a good thing.

Psst....Want to hear a secret???

 

Hard for me to believe…but it is time  for me to order more books!!!  I remember when I made my first order… and when boxes of them arrived at my door I thought…”Am I nuts??…What ever will I do with so many books???” Hard for me to believe I am needing to order more so soon. 

 I must admit that…there are days when I feel more like a car sales man than I do an author…When I took on this book publishing task…little did I know it what it all meant….It took on a life of its own….The best way to expain it is like the making of a snowball …at the top of a hill…one that starts out small enough to hold in your hand… but when you roll down the hill…. it in the snow…it gets bigger and bigger.   I suppose the trick is to control it so it does not become too big…I suppose the size of the hill would make a difference in the outcome. 

So now that has me thinking…if the life of a newly published author…is like the formation of a snowball…one that you set in the snow and roll…one that gets bigger and bigger…and harder to push….Like the making of a snowball…can a new author’s enthusiasm do the same….grow and grow…and at some point…become more and more difficult to keep up???? 

I think about such things and wonder about me and my adventure….I wonder if I will lose the enthusiasm I have had now for over a year….Not so far!!!…. I suppose it would be best to be proactive  so as not to find myself there…unenthusiastic. ….Maybe I have been already???…let’s see…launches, reading, signings, visits and visits to daycare, making Sam stuff  (working on a puppet right now)…and taking workshops…possibly plans to put on a workshop with a writer friend of mine about our adventures so far… 

Well , I am feeling pretty motivated at the moment…I think I will now go and put in my book order… Just for fun I asked my publisher what free P.R. items might they give me with my order and…I was happily surprised when  they gave me a list to choose from . 

Well…happy writing …reading…relaxing or whatever you want to spend today doing.  Till tomorrow I will leave you with one more WEIRD addition to my beard/mustache collection… 

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A picture is worth a thousand words….or at least that is what they say…..

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Now this is an interesting picture…but is it worth a thousand words???…  

It is for sure very thought provoking….Are both of the people in the picture real???…or…is one real and the other not???…                             If one is not real, which one is it???…If the little one is real…that would mean that the big woman must be  gigantic!!!…and if the larger woman is real…the little one is doll sized…can you tell ???…                                                                                                                                                       Where are they and why are there two different size woman in the picture???..                                                                                                                        If the larger woman is not real…is she a statue???…or was there some photo shop work done on the photo????…                                                           

and the questions can go on and on…  

So…do you believe a picture is worth a thousand words????  

Now a days with all the programs available out there…we can never be really sure if what we are looking at is real or not!!  

Although this can be a bit confusing…it can also be quite amusing.  

  

With the right tools …big can look little…and little big…old can look young and young old….red can be turned green and green red…one item can made into hundreds and hundreds into one…Fantasy  and imagination have gone wild…sometimes…beyond what our minds can even  imagine…and we have the ability to change the normal to the weird and abnormal in the blink of an eye…well ok…the touch of a button…To be able to change  things in the blink of an eye…now that would be so cool!!!  

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The picture of the two ladies…is real…The artist…Ron Mueck…and here is another one of his….You can check out more of his work and find out what is real and not  

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My Virtual Collection of  ?????  

 

Last night we attended the opening to the Winnipeg Jazz Festival…a concert by jazz legend…Sonny Rollins: Last of the Mohicans. 

I love music …and although….I am not a big  jazz aficionado or anything like that… for three years ,  we have attended a The Winnipeg Jazz Festival….Last night  was an  amazing concert to watch and listen to …Sonny Rollins….80 years young saxophone player…born in Harlem…played his heart out. In the 50’s he was dubbed “Saxophone Colossus”. In the  60’s and 70’s he took a break from doing concerts and instead … spent up to fifteen hours a day on the Whilliamsburg bridge, serenading New York’s East River. 

As I watched I wondered about this man…still doing concerts at his age….exquisite ones at that…and it was hard to imagine how his fingers could move so fast…and how he could still remember all the notes to a ten minute long song…and how he could keep going for 2 hours with just a ten minute break???? 

He talked a bit …between songs…about life and how short it is…how he still sees himself as a ten-year old boy even though he is decades older….he wondered…where did all that time go?? …and he encouraged us… not to let our life pass us by. 

Talk about a motivating…and inspiring  evening….I wonder if Sonny realizes what an inspiration he and his music are and have been to millions???…I wondered if he has any idea of what he gave to his audience at the concert last night???…After the last song there was a standing ovation that lasted  and lasted until Sonny and his band poked their heads out and waved one last time to the crowd. 

I think some people were a bit disappointed that they did not do one more piece…but all I was thinking was…Ok, Ok now…let’s leave the man alone…at 80 years old I think he gave us more of himself than we could have asked for???? 

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Wonder what inspired these …how cool!!!! 

We have all carved pumpkins in our day…but how about watermellon???

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Here is a very unlikely Couple from my newest collection. 

 

 

Yes, I had a dream…and it was a bit unsettling….My husband had moved us to some small town in Manitoba….he rented us a very old dilapidated house …our new home….and I kept saying….I will get used to it…I will get used to it…and all the time I just wanted to be back home in Morden…..

Where do these thoughts come from???….Was it something I heard or saw the day before…or was it something I ate…maybe the peach I had for my evening snack…who knows…very weird….didn’t like this one at all. I was so happy to wake up in my bed in my wonderful house!!!….dreams…sometimes they are better than reality and other times….I just wish I didn’t remember them__

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A Best seller is a book, recording, etc. currently outselling most others.

Best seller….I have never really thought much about best sellers…I did read an article once and it was talking about books… and asked the question….are sales boosted if they are on a best seller list or if they win awards??….That same article then went on to ask…name a book that has been on the best seller list this month….or name the last book you read that had won an award and concluded that most people could not. This person’s opinion is that….no…these things do not boost sales.

Well, I just found out that my Sam’s Weird Afternoon is on the Winnipeg McNally Robinson ….best seller list… for children’s books  !!!!   I am number 5 on a list where Robert Munsch is 1 and 2.  In the company of Robert Munsch!!!!  I am thrilled.  

 It may not be the fact that a book is on a best seller list that helps sales….but it sure does give an author and his/her book much more exposure and media time and that can’t be all that bad…and the other bonus is the exhilaration and author  gets when your book sales have  been going well.

So….does a bet seller list sell more books???….I started thinking about the fact that … finding oneself on such a list …motivates a person to want to try and reach that goal once again….It makes me want to get out there and keep marketing even more…and with that I would hope that an increase in sales might follow….and so…that makes be believe that such lists can…yes…indirectly increse sales.

So if you were to ask me….Sally…do you care if you are on a best seller list or if you win an award for your book??….my answer….would be …without hesitation….yes,yes, yes!!!

Change of subject now….my baby birds…the chipping sparrows…..breaking news….

On Thursday as I went to check on the nest…one teeny weeny little bird flew out into my garden.

On Friday when I looked again only two of the four baby birds were still in the nest.

On Saturday the nest was empty and I could hear peeping coming from my garden as the parents flew back and forth feeding them seeds.

On Sunday one little bird was out on our lawn…skawking away until the parent showed up to feed it. I took a few pictures and then shooed it into the garden where it would me less vulnerable.  We heard them crying out all day today as the parents were busily trying to feed them all.

I went to have a look at the nest this afternoon and was so sad to see one baby bird in the nest, it had died. I wonder how many of the four actually will make it to maturity?????

 

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 Number two in my collection of odd couples….

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