Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Book Update

Everyone should check out my blog that is focused on my book series The Guardian Chronicles. I have finished editing and have selected the cover art for both books. The artist did an amazing job with her creations...she captured the story while drawing people to the book with her creative art work. Thanks to everyone who gave their opinions about the options that were resented to me. There were only a handful of different views, so it was reassuring that the choice I made was popular...which is rather important when trying to market your work. I am thankful for those who had different opinions on the work...I do value all input.

I am in the stages of preparing myself for the criticism that will come once the books are out, however, the art work is helping me to be a little more confident. I have also begun editing book 3 and will be back into writing in the next two weeks. I have about 50 pages left in book 3 to write. I am probably going to need to come up with a different title as the one I have currently applies more to book 4 than 3. Any suggestions would be welcome...especially after reading books 1 and 2. :)

Even if success is not mine with this series, I will still feel accomplished and proud of the work I have done. This experience has taught me a great deal about creation. Creative writing is fun and exciting...being able to edit your own creation is the most difficult thing about the process. I have learned that a creator must be able to and willing to destroy some or all of what they have created. There are parallels to the gospel here which just reminds me how much the gospel is part of every facet of our lives.

The family is doing well...Debbie completed her first 5K recently and is preparing for another one in a week or so. Taylor is getting bigger, taller, and even more precious with each passing moment. He is still a mama's boy through and through. Who can blame him...I have an amazing wife who has to take care of two boys. We love her and are thankful for everything she does.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father's Day


This is what father's day is all about. It took many years to get this little guy here, but it was worth the wait. Even though he makes you want to pull your hair out, I know...I have little to pull out, it is a face like this that makes all of that melt away.
It was a great feeling to be celebrating a second father's day. He is such a joy to have in our lives. He currently sticks one arm, or both, into the air when you say super Taylor. Or, when you say how big is Taylor. When I raise my arm into the air he mimics me.
There are times when he is tired that when he tried to raise his arm that it only goes so high. An unknowing person may think he is paying tribute to Hitler...hilarious. He still refuses to say mom or mama. He does say dad or dada. Many times its meaning is not for me...there are times when he actually does mean me. Too precious.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Taylor's First Birthday

Taylor's first ballon...loved it. He had so much fun with his cousins and other family members. He Mom used her power of thinking something to be in order to ward off the certain rain storm (or snow storm) that was predicted. The weather held for the party and everyone had a great time.
To say that he was spoiled is putting it mildly...now we are striving to find places for everything. Plus, can I just say that manufactorers who require assembly should be shot out of a cannon that is aimed at a lake full of gators. I certainly did not inherit my father's capacity for assembly and I have a long way to go to just learn the patience needed to put these things together. At least I have time to prepare for Christmas. Anyway, he had a blast and received so much...thank you all!

Here is the boy's first cake...he really loved it. He had his first opportunity to dig into, without reproach, food and he relished it. He approached the task in typically Taylor style...methodical, thought out, and then attacked.
Below is the result of his assault...fun at the moment. He was not happy when Mom had to literally hose him down in the shower immediately after.