Olivia Wants To Get Married

I think I’ve lost Olivia to love, or maybe she’s just infatuated with the idea of marital bliss? Either way, we can all thank Ralph over a post he made back in July. Evidently he is a thoughtful person, and was thanking his followers for his 1,000th sign up. “Well, goodie two shoes for him,” is what Olivia told me, kind of huffy like. Personally, I think Olivia is jealous over Ralph’s popularity.  She changed her tune as she continued to read and came across a list Ralph had made. She got to option #4 on Ralph’s list and is convinced he was asking her to marry him.  I keep telling her, he was being playful. She says that ‘I’m the one’ who is jealous. I don’t even know Ralph, although he does have a cool blog. Anyway, I hope Ralph doesn’t get mad when he sees what this silly little orple is up to now. You know, though, it could be since my book series, Brides just came out, Olivia is contemplating tying the knot herself. There are two main characters named Ralph in this trilogy, so maybe she’s got  a crush on one of them? — and now here comes this guy named Ralph, and Olivia is confused. Then again, Olivia is usually pretty smart, but then again, love does make people do stupid things — like marry a complete stranger — sometimes.  I hope Ralph steps forward and tells her, he was just joking. I think Olivia mistook the question anyway, to be honest. if you ask me, I think Ralph was asking her/you/me what ‘she/we’ thought, not what ‘he’ thought. But I couldn’t convince her of that concept. It is not easy being an orple-keeper, you know. You have to stay on top of these two little characters constantly to keep them in check. Olivia_Bride_Oscar was so upset when he found out about Olivia’s plans, he went fishing all by himself. He’s pouting right now, if you’re wondering why Olivia showed up alone. I keep telling Olivia that Oscar and I need her, here, with us. Why, just yesterday they were playing together at Swannanoah. Those two are the best of friends, or so I thought. You should check out some of their adventures in photos. They have a whole section of action shots, just click on the title of whatever post you might care to comment on.  The  Orples Overview category  gives you a better feel in the world of orples, too, for anyone interested.  As you’ll see, we were getting along just fine, then here comes Ralph, and his stupid list. I sure do hope Olivia changes her mind. You’d think she would at least want to meet Ralph before she just trots down the Isle with him. Ralph, if you stop by to visit, let me know if you want me to delete Olivia’s marriage announcement, or maybe your could even talk some sense into her for me. Sometimes she just sort of takes liberties, but always according to the Golden Rule. After all, she is a good little orple, and good little orples, as playful as they are, do respect other people’s wishes.

The Orples Learn To Read … coming soon!

I finally sent book 3 (The Orples Learn To Read) off to Createspace to have a prototype made, which is the last step, prior to publication. If there are no changes to be made once I review the first print copy, by this time next week, I should have my third book available for purchase as a softcover book. In a couple of weeks, I hope it will be offered as an e-book, also. That is the plan.

In my efforts to wrap this, my third book, I’ve fallen behind in my blogging. Too, my grandson has been sick on and off this week and I’ve been keeping him since his normal babysitter won’t due to the fact that he is sick, and she doesn’t want to expose other children. Being Grandma trumps all!  Obviously, it has not been a good week for social activities. 😦 . On the bright side, I do hope to get ‘caught up’  on my blogging soon.  Until then, I hope life is being a peach (or maybe, in this case an orple) to you and yours! 😉  I’ll will be dropping in for visits on your posts, so please don’t think I’ve forgotten anyone, if I’ve not dropped by for a visit to your blog recently.

For the time being, I leave you with an inside view.  The excerpt below is page 20.

More Orples

Well, I was rolling right along and my printer tray broke, so I had to get a new printer, which I’ve not managed to hook up yet. Thank God for grown children with patience.  My son will be by tomorrow to get me rolling again, I hope. In the meantime, after fixing my edited manuscript, redrawing, and setting the images as needed, and pasting the corrected manuscript in the drawings with a larger font,  I did manage to get five pages printed and scanned today, before my printer decided it was time to retire.  The rest of the day has been spent shopping and trying to make a wireless printer get along with my computer.   Something just isn’t right?  But, I have faith that my oldest child will save the day…tomorrow!  He’s my hero when it comes to computers.

The beginning of "The Orples Learn To Read" . Book 3 of the orples series.

For now, I will share one of the final pages printed on my old printer. This is page four (page 1 of the actual story) of “The Orples Learn To Read”.  Amazon will add a border on their end.  Enjoy! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge . Through

This used to be the run-in shed that Magi enjoyed on the farm. I liked the fact that it had two openings, to allow the horses to go through, either way.

Looking through the run-in shed.

Top Recent Commenter Award

Kellie See was so kind as to elect me for this award. This is the first the first opportunity I’ve had to post it, but with no less gratitude to Kellie, despite my time delay. Thank you, Kellie!

A big "Thank You" to Kellie See! for this award.

The rules of this award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate  6 bloggers who comment on your blog the most frequently and notify them of the award.You can find your Top Recent Commenters on your site stats page on the bottom, right corner.
  • Nominate one more person…the 7th. This person can either be a brand new commenter on your blog, the very last comment you have received, or the one who has posted your most favorite comments Tell us why you have chosen them as your seventh.
  • And answer the following questions:
  1. Tell us about one of your most cherished childhood memories.
  2. Tell us about one of your most cherished memories with your child(ren). If you do not have children, then share one of your pet(s). If you do not have pets either, then one with niece(s), nephew(s), or any combination thereof.
  3. Tell us one thing you have learned from one or both of your parents that has stuck with you throughout the years.
  4. Tell us one thing that you have taught (or intend to teach) your child(ren) that hopeful will stick with them throughout their lifetime
  5. Tell us about your favorite job, whether it is one you hold now or one from the past, and why you enjoy(ed) it.
  6. Tell us what you are doing in pursuit of achieving an attainable goal.
  7. Tell us about one person who had the best influence on you in your life (teacher, neighbor, friend, etc.)..

My answers are as follows:

1.) My parents bought be my first pony when I was 8.  My sister and I would go ride our ponies, run inside take a break, watch an old Western show on T.V., then go grab our ponies and play cowboys and indians with homemade bows and arrows, riding our fine steeds.

2.) Our rendezvous to Maymont Park are among the finest of memories I shared with my children.   Pick an outing, any outing.  They were all wonderful.

3.) My parents taught us not to waste anything, to recycle and reuse plastic, jars, tin foil, whatever.  We were also taught to compost.  These habits have carried over, and I still practice them all today.

4.) To think for themselves.

5.) I am enjoying writing and illustrating my orples books.  I don’t really consider it a job, but I do hope my books will pan out to carry me through retirement.  So in that light, my efforts are to make money.  There’s no reason not to enjoy the journey though, and hopefully that joy will show in my work.

6.) Learning as much as I can about internet marketing.  In addition, I’m trying to learn HTML and CSS in an effort to put together e-books and such on my own.

7.) When I was in college,earning my Associates Degree in Architecture, my children were small.  I was a single parent.  Going to school, working, and raising children was tough.  I did have youth on my side, but there were many times I thought I wouldn’t make, and had it not been for Dave as my role model, I very well may never have finished earning my degree.  Dave was a Veteran of the Viet Nam war.  At 23 years old, he’d stepped on a landmine, losing both legs.  Despite his loss, Dave’s ‘can do’ attitude inspired me to hang in there.  He was a wonderful role model, and probably never even knew it.  Every time, I’d think I couldn’t carry on, I’d look at  Dave, and think, if he can overcome his handicaps, I surely can achieve my goals.  I can not (shamefully) remember Dave’s last name, but I will never forget the strength he gave to me, just by being such a spectacular person himself.  Dave and I both graduated with our Associate Degrees in Architecture on June, 13, 1986.  I took pride in having him in my graduating class.

Now onto my Nominations to Carry the torch on down the line.

The people listed below, quite frankly represent those who leave the most comments on my blog, and therefore (including #7 … Judee) are being acknowledged for their visits.  A big thank you to all, whether you are listed here or not.  I appreciate all of my friends that stop to visit.

1.) Rebekah @  Fluffy Flurries

2.) Gerry @ Cobbie69

3.) Francine @ francineinretirement

4.) Sonel @ Sonel’s Corner

5.) Natalie @ reflectionsinapuddle

6.) Dolly @ allaboutlemon

7.) Judee @ alwaysjudee

Sunday Photo Challenge . Design #2 . Kite In A Tree

On March 7th, I gave you a peek at a drawing I’ve been working on for a presentation post to represent the month of March. The final drawing will be posted on Writing and Illustrating‘s website on March 27. When I think of March, I think of windy weather, and therefore, I think of kites. Thus the subject for the theme for this drawing.

Flying a Kite . still tweaking the original idea. (#2)

The orples are helping Jack get his kite out of the tree. Sometimes, it appears, orples are handy to have around.

The colors are a lot brighter in the printed drawing. I need to figure out why I am losing color scanning, then posting. Hmmmm, anyone out there know why this might be?

Weekly Photo Challenge . Down

This is a page from my book “How Orples Came To Be“. In this scene, Jack and Mr. Zimp have just discussed creating more orples with the intent of experimenting on them.

Taking the express route to the basement.

Mrs. Mouse is hurrying home, so she can eavesdrop on Jack and his Dad as they discuss their plans. The humans are using the stairs to go ‘down’ to the basement.

Weekly Photo Challenge . Regret #2

Okay gang, so it’s not a photograph, but I assure you that Oscar regrets not having listened to Olivia. Now it is too late.  Below is an except from my book, “How Orples Came To Be“.

Oh no! I should have listened to Olivia!

This is from the prototype I’d made when putting my book together.The font has changed in the published version, but otherwise, the book is the same.  In any event, Oscar has been caught and is praying that Olivia will come to his rescue.  If only he’d listened to her and waited for a plan of escape before being caught.  Thus, the excitement begins . . . .

Weekly Photo Challenge . Ready #3

Greetings new friends and fellow bloggers . . . Okay, so this isn’t really a photo. But it does suggest ‘ready’ . The orples (Olivia and Oscar) are READY TO BE DISCOVERED! This is page one  (unedited)  of my  next book “The Orples Make A Tree Home” where a new life begins for the orples.  In book 2 of my ‘orples series’, the orples (now having the traits of humans) require modified living arrangements to satisfy their new mobility.

Ready to begin a new life

I thought today, I would mix it up a bit and share my adventures creating adventures for kids in my upcoming books.  As time goes on, you are invited to travel along with me as these books unfold.  If you like my work and want to check out more, please feel free to preview pasts posts, mostly on the original book in this series “How Orples Came To Be” to date.   Just check out my “Orples Overview Category”. . . I recommend you start at the bottom of the posts and work your way up the list since they appear in the order I posted them. This past week, I’ve been editing this manuscript (now being professionally edited, in case I missed something) and tweaking the drawings.  In the plot above, ‘you’ needs to be ‘your’ in one instance and the page number needs to drop into the lower border.  Once I’ve written a manuscript, I go back and do preliminary layouts fitting the drawings and the text together so that the two go hand in hand in telling my stories.  It is easier for me to keep up if I print out a prototype as I go.  Sometimes I end up with several versions as I tweak my way to final publication. Back in the day, when I stocked the shelves with books for my own children, they tended to enjoy lots of pictures scattered among the pages.  So did I.  Sooooo ….. now, I try to include spot drawings, along with a few full page illustrations here and there among the words in my own books.   For those children too young to read to themselves, it helps them follow along.  Even as an older child, I liked having pictures to help me keep my place in my book should I be interrupted before finishing the story; I think that is why I work with prototypes now. Once my professional edit is returned, I am hoping to get this book on the market DIRECTLY through Amazon.com in soft cover and e-book.  If anyone has kids and you’re looking for a different book to share . . . hint, hint … here you go.  And of course, I’m trying to bring morality and manners back to an extent in my writings.  I shudder in horror sometimes at the books and toys that the children today find amusing.   What ever happened to ‘Tom and Jerry’, or the ‘Road Runner’ (which was considered violent in its day)?  Although, to be fair, I’ve also seen some lovely new books on the market that are sure to become classics.  Here’s hoping that will be the case with my upcoming series.  Please join me on my adventures periodically as I squeeze my latest achievements in among my other interests.