Saturday, January 2, 2010
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I was visiting over on MySpace when a video I posted caught my eye... I realized my friends in Blogville didn't know about my daughter's book. I mentioned in an early blog about her being a writer and artist, but I didn't talk about the book! She wrote this delightful children's story titled 'Do Tigers Purr?' several years ago. When I started talking about my book, it brought up her dream of having her children's book published.
I thought it would be nice for her to be able to read her story to the babies at bedtime out of a real book with illustrations; So one day when I was feeling a bit crafty, I decided to make her book into a book! I found some cute pictures on the internet and did my 'own touch' thing to them, added her words, printed them out, made a binding... Well, the result was what you see in the picture. It is probably the best gift I ever gave her, even better than the first car!
When she first pulled it out of the bag, she thought I had found a book with her title! Then it hit her!
Someday soon I hope to have her book published. G#1 Dani is going to do the actual illustrations. (She had better get on the ball!) That will make it a three-generation effort. When you find it in the bookstores, it will not say, 'by Mommy' but by Jen Grams. I'll let you know...
I absolutely love her reaction to the book. Here it is for you to enjoy:
My Essays blog has a link on the sidebar to my MySpace profile. There you will find my older blogs (before I moved to Blogville) and lots of pictures and videos of life on the farm and my family. (You must be my friend on MySpace to view my grands' pics.)
Friday, April 17, 2009
The rain will return in a couple of days and I will sit glued to this thing, trying to make up lost time. It wasn't really lost though... It was spent on two people that are very precious to me. As I'm writing this, I'm looking across the living room at my oldest granddaughter. She is sitting cross-legged in the recliner with her laptop perched on a folding table in front of her. It is where she has spent the majority of time this week. Like her Nana, she's a night-owl. She has been working on a story, although she gets distracted with Gaia, MySpace, IMing her friends... Yes, she is mine.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Tomorrow my daughter will be dropping off two of her daughters to spend the week with me. The fourteen-year-old and the eleven-year-old are on spring break, and since their mommy works full-time, they will spend their time off with me. The youngest two will remain in day-care. They enjoy riding their bikes on the bike path that adjoins our property and spending hours in the woods. Perhaps I'll still be able to sneak some writing time in, as long as it's nice out.
It's hard to balance my writing life with the rest of my life. I would love to just shut myself off and write non-stop until I am finished with this novel. But, at the same time, I want to enjoy all the other aspects of my life. I want to really know my grandchildren. I want to have the best-looking garden possible. I want to become an accomplished equestrian. (OK, I just want to be able to not fall off when Nekoda takes a sideways step.) In short, I want it all!