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Believe in Yourself

So, this happened today! The Paperback of Marvin is Hungry  went live on Amazon! Super excited!

I’m already thinking about my next book. I have learned a lot creating this children’s book!

And to all those that have dreamed of writing a book and didn’t know if they could, I’m here to tell you, you can!!! Follow your dreams! You can make them come true. Believe in Yourself!!!

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Excited

This sweet little bird, and his hungry preschool self is now an Amazon ebook in the Amazon bookstore. Hopefully the hard copy will be on sale in a week or so.Artboard 1-100

I wrote about my hate relationship with marketing on my other blog The Windy Writer, so I won’t bore you with the details, but needless to say I don’t like the marketing that comes with self-publishing.

I like illustrating and writing books. I’m not crazy about the technical stuff either, but I like it better than the marketing.

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In other news, we had Easter festivities, and said goodbye to my Mamaw and Papaw’s place. It was very sad.

I lived here for a good portion of my life (a story for another time). IMG_4539

On Sunday my youngest hunted Easter eggs, and we went fishing. And now it’s back to working on books and blogs and marketing(yuck).

Until Next Time,

J. W. Nicholson

Below are the links to my books on Amazon. Let me know what you think.

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Three Things On My Mind

I have more than three things, but I’ll just go with three for the sake of keeping it short.

Our rescue cat is the first thing on my mind. When I wake up in the morning( as I get older that wake up time gets earlier and earlier), I let him out of his kennel. He then proceeds to love on me, eat, and take care of business. I didn’t plan on being a cat owner. But in August we rescued this cutie, who goes by the name Duke, from a hunting dog that thought he needed to toss two week kittens around in the air. I didn’t plan on keeping him, but eight months later he’s still here and an integrated part of our family.

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The second thing on my mind is writing more on my blogs. I really had no idea when I began what I wanted to do with them, and I’m still unsure. I know I want to share about my writing and my life, but that’s about as much as I’ve got.

And then the third thing is my writing, which I am all over the place with. My interest ranges from novels and writing prompts to children’s books and coloring books. And for now, I’m just going to share it all.

I just published this little writing prompt book.  It’s the first book I’ve ever published. I decided I had to start somewhere. And so, this was my starting point. Yay! And now I’m working on a children’s book and a coloring book. I’m learning to accept that my interest vary and that’s okay.

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Did I mention that I draw too. Below is a drawing of my grandparent’s place which has just sold (I may have shed a few tears over that one).

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And below is the picture I drew it from.IMG_4539

And now you see what I mean about my interests varying.  But I’m glad you got to see a picture of my cute cat.

Until next time.

J. W. Nicholson

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Jumping All In

The last month has been crazy. When I’m not teaching and answering questions, I am on my computer. In the last month, I have watched videos on how to use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign. I decided I was going to quit putting off my desire to create and publish books. And so I have jumped into the deep water.  I needed something to be my own. My boys are getting older. They don’t need me as much for the little things (I may need to go cry now).  And since they are more independent, I’ve decided that there is no time like the present to get started with some of my dreams.  So, I’ve been working on a book. A children’s book to be more specific (I’ve been working on a novel for at least five years)  and a journal and a writing prompt book and a coloring book. The ideas keep coming. But I thought I might share some snippets of my children’s bookMarvin2

Meet Marvin. He is a hungry little bird. My inspiration was a bearded reedling. I’ve never seen one in person, but they are beautiful in the pictures.Marvin8

And all he can think about is food.Marvin 16

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They are hungry alot. So is the dog, Zack. He likes treats and human food (He also knows how to pose for a picture).Marvin20

This was my middle child’s idea. I think it turned out cute. I see a few places I need to go in and fix, but I think it’s a super cute idea.

This has definitely been a learning curve, but a fun one. There’s a lot to creating your own books.  I’m going to try to share my experiences on here. I’ve always done the blog in spurts. I guess we will see how it goes. But for now, I’ve got to get back to helping the boys with their work and working on the books.

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Is This The Way It’s Supposed to Be?

 

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When I think about it, my chest tightens. I feel that there is something pressing against me. I look in the mirror. I see a wrinkle that I didn’t notice yesterday or the day before. My hair is white in places where black once occupied it. Two of my boys are taller than I am and before I turn around they will be grown.   Time flies away. It’s the only thing around here that does. Where will I be when they move away? When I was young I thought that I had all the time in the world. I didn’t. Now I watch and wait. Will I move too? Or will I stand still. I don’t want to stand still. I want to fly, to soar like the eagles. That’s when my chest tightens and I feel like I can’t breathe. It happens almost every time when I think about life passing me by while everyone runs with it. I want to run too. I don’t want to be left behind. No one wants to be left, do they? This is what threads through my mind like a poison, eating away at me. It eats away until I push into the filing box of my mind until next time.