It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. I’m still learning this bedeviling business we call blogging. I’ve had the enjoyment of getting to know many of my contemporaries better. That is one of the most rewarding things about doing this. So, to you guys and gals, Thank You. You’ve provided inspiration and encouragement in my moments of doubt.
In our clan, I’ve always been known as the story-teller, the fabulist of the family. At every family gathering the children could found at my feet, listening to some fable coming out of my mouth. One of the main reason I do this now is the kids telling me that my stories, or as I call it, my blabberings, should be made public. We make a big leap forward by releasing our first publication from one of my most popular blabberings; “Stormy’s Question”. So to close the week, I would beg the indulgence of posting some quotes from the book. With that in mind;
I started blogging on Kandy’s Korner as a way to tell my stories to the kids who didn’t live near me. A way to let them hear my blabberings when they weren’t at my feet. I loved writing it, they loved reading it, and surprisingly, so did a lot of other people. I was humbled that the little amusements I would spin for the munchkins would be enjoyed by so many people.
True story; my wife and I took a cruise to celebrate our 30th anniversary in April. I was full of doubts about trying to make an actual living at this. I was sitting in a club late one night and I met a couple, Pat and Rene DeLong from Ohio ( I think it was Ohio). Talk turned to what we did for a living. When I told them I make websites and write stories, they asked which ones I did. When I told them one of my sites was Kandy’s Korner, they couldn’t believe it. The mom looked at me and said, ‘you write Kandy’s Korner?’ I said yes. She couldn’t believe she was talking to the guy who wrote Stormy’s Question. To be honest, I was more stunned than they were. She told me she learned about the site through a home-school network who recommended Stormy’s Question. I had no idea.
I had asked for a sign to show me I was doing the right thing trying to make a living at this, and they were the answer. I may not be making very much money at this yet, but I am making a difference in the lives of more children than I ever expected. It may not be the best thing for my wallet, but in the long run, it’s better for the future. I truly believe if you want to change the world, you change the life of a child.
It’s only available in PDF format right now, with a version coming very soon for e-readers and iPads. A printed version coming in the fall. We priced it so to still be in reach of the home-schoolers and the target audience of the teens, tweens and Munchkins.
The book is a rewrite of the story from Kandy’s Korner, expanded and explained a bit better for kids that aren’t as serious minded as Stormy is. I would love to hear from anyone who does happen to purchase it. Let me know what you think.
So, to my regular readers; thanks for putting up with a bit of self-indulgence today. And to Stormy, thanks for keeping me on my toes.