A Home for Rosie & Dinosaur Zoo

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I'm a children's author with the vision of producing books that are fun, interactive, and teach valuable lessons to both children and grown ups. I have two children's books currently available. Quentin's Problem is about a pirate boy who can't say 'Arr!' and teaches children that we all struggle with something and that we should never be ashamed or afraid to ask for help. Fuzzy Buzzy's Treasure is about a bumblebee who learns a lesson in sharing and teaches about the importance of pollination and bee conservation. 

I’ve been working hard to get TWO more children’s books ready to publish this year thanks to Gypsy Publications and two new talented illustrators. The first one is called A Home for Rosie and is about an older dog who needs a home. Many dogs like Rosie who are older or who have special needs, have a hard time finding their forever homes. This book follows Rosie’s journey to her forever home and will include real photos and stories of real adoption stories at the end! Here are a few preliminary sketches thanks to artist Katrina Kissell. The first is Rosie and below is her original owner, Paul. Aren't they cute.
The second book is called Dinosaur Zoo, about well…a dinosaur zoo! But it’s not just any zoo. These dinos love to play, and they really want to play with their zookeeper. But she’s so busy working, she doesn’t have the time. Or does she? Dinosaur zoo is all about making time to have some fun within our busy days. We all need to slow down and strike a good balance between work and play. Here are a couple of sketches from artist Melissa Quinio:

All donations will go toward paying these talented artists for their precious time so  we can maintain an adequate marketing and distribution budget. Any amount you can donate, even $1.00, is greatly appreciated. Sponsors who donate $25- $49  will get  signed copies of each book when they're finished. Sponsors who donate $50 and up will get signed copies of each book AND original artwork signed by the artists. 

Thank you so much for considering this project and for supporting literacy and creative art.

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A couple new updates for you guys. The layout for Dinosaur Zoo is almost done, thanks to Tim at Gypsy Publications. Just finished the dedication and blurb.

To Zachary, who loves his dinosaurs.

Welcome to the Dinosaur Zoo, home to playful dinos and one very busy zookeeper! Sally works hard every day, taking care of the zoo and its prehistoric inhabitants. Once they're fed and clean, the dinosaurs are eager to play with their favorite zookeeper. But, Sally has too much to do. She can't just stop working, or can she? This colorful, interactive story teaches the importance of balancing work and play - for kids AND adults!
Also, I've spoken with the director of the Oldham Co. Humane Society. I'll have copies of A Home for Rosie ready to sell and sign at their Santa Paws event on the first week of December! I'm really excited that Rosie will be right where her story began and where real pets find their forever homes.

There's still time to sponsor. $25 and $50 get special gifts, but ANY amount is appreciated!
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Dear readers,

I'm happy to report that the Oldham County Humane Society is interested in teaming up with me for promoting A Home for Rosie. We'll have to work out the details, but I'm excited that Rosie's story has even more potential to raise awareness for older and special needs homeless pets!

In other news, artist Melissa Quinio is almost finished with the final touches on Dinosaur Zoo. Here's one of her illustrations. Isn't it cute and colorful? I wanted a similar style to one of my favorite books when I was a kid. It's called "Beatrice and Vanessa" about two nanny goats who go on an unexpected and funny adventure. I read it over and over. Here's the link to the book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2cELY2T What were some books you read over and over as a kid?

Since we haven't met our goal yet, there's still time for you to become a sponsor for Dinosaur Zoo & A Home for Rosie. Any amount is greatly appreciated, but we have special thank you gifts for silver and gold sponsors. $25 will get you a signed copy of BOTH books and $50 or more will get you both signed books AND signed artwork from the artists. Become a donor today!
Steggie wants to play dress up.
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Did you know that adults need play in order to stay healthy? Sally discovers this in Dinosaur Zoo as she finally makes time for a little play in her day. Research has shown that play provides the same health benefits for adults as it does in children. ( https://www.rallyhealth.com/why-adults-need-to-play-too/) Some of these are:

*Sharpens the mind - particularly with brain teaser type games and puzzles like crosswords and Sudoku. Stretching your mind to think beyond the usual 9-5 routine strengthens neural pathways, which could ward off Alzheimer's disease.

*Improves overall well-being: Play reduces stress, which contributes to all manner of diseases like depression, heart disease, etc. Doing fun and creative things can boost our self esteem, as we see what we are capable of beyond our work environment. EXAMPLES: Have you ever built the most awesome block tower ever? Or drawn a record-sized dragon in chalk on the driveway?

*Boosts creativity & problem solving skills - Research shows that problem solving is much easier when we are in a relaxed and playful mood. It takes the worry out of a problem so we can see it in a new light. One study actually found that giving doctors candy increased their diagnosis skills. EXAMPLES: Tie on a blanket and play "Supermommy" with the kids. Build a pillow fort and throw balls to knock down all the stuffed animal "zombies" outside.

*Play strengthens relationships - It helps kids learn how to share, compromise and take turns, valuable social skills that we still need to work on as adults. Play helps adults break the ice when we meet new people, which builds trust and lasting bonds. EXAMPLES: Mad Libs - a classic!! Scavenger hunts. Two Truths & a Lie ( http://adulted.about.com/od/icebreakers/qt/twotruthsonelie.htm)

*Improves work performance - a fun break in the day can help you return to work with a fresh perspective and more energy. A quick game on your break gives you permission to fail while having fun doing it - something that work doesn't lend itself to. Many workplaces encourage this. Google is probably one of the best companies with this concept. Take a look at life in the Googleplex: http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1947844,00.html Even if you don't have such a fun workplace, you can play a quick game on your phone during your lunch break or break out your coloring pencils and adult coloring book.

Help me encourage parents and caregivers to make time for play by becoming a sponsor! Any amount is appreciated. Silver ($25) and Gold ($50) sponsors get special gifts including signed books and original artwork. Thanks for your support!

Sally playing dress up
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In Dinosaur Zoo, busy zookeeper Sally spends a lot of time picking up after the dinos. From scattered toys to dino doo, there's always something that needs her attention.

It's like that when you have little ones too. I once read a meme that said "cleaning up with children in the house is like trying to brush your teeth while eating Oreos." Having been there done that, and still doing that, I know how true that is! I think a lot of moms try to do everything themselves because a) it's quicker and b) you don't want to hear the whining when you ask them to do chores.

But even little ones can start helping out early on. Better yet, you can make it into a fun game so they even look forward to picking up. Next time the living room is a mine field of Lego bricks and toy cars, try playing "Pick Up Freeze." Start up the kids favorite music and pause it at random intervals while they're picking up. Try to stop them when they're in funny or awkward stances, and they'll get a real kick out of it.

Challenge them to finish the whole job before the song ends, and if they succeed, they get a little incentive, like staying up 15 minutes longer at bedtime, an extra bedtime story, one extra episode of their favorite TV show, more time outside, etc.

At the end of Dinosaur Zoo, I'll be sharing tips like these to infuse a little play into your busy days. With your support, we'll be able to pay our fine artists, while providing enough funds for events and marketing so we can share the gift of play with a lot of readers! Become a sponsor today. Any amount is much appreciated. You'll get special rewards for silver and gold sponsorship. $25 gets you a signed copy of BOTH A Home for Rosie and Dinosaur Zoo, while $50 gets you both books PLUS signed original artwork. Can't donate now? No worries. Just share the campaign via FB or Twitter! Thanks for your support!!
Sally picking up the dinos' toys
Sally cleaning up dino doo
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Raised by 8 people in 27 months
Created August 3, 2016
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Mick Williams
27 months ago

Best of luck...what I've seen so far looks amazing.

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