The book that I never meant to write is just a sweet, little collection of memories of my dog, Molly. When it was time to say goodbye to Molly, which was very hard, I was more than a little consumed with making sure that I would not forget all of the special little things about her. (All dogs are special, I know. But when there is a real connection like what Molly and I shared, man that is just over-the-top-special. And that’s what fueled my need to keep her memories close.) The best way for me to do that was to sit at the keyboard and tap out the thoughts, feelings, emotions, remembrances, and all of the tears and heartbreak. A hundred and eighty-some pages later, there it was. A book. All because I kissed a dog and I liked it.
Now fast forward a few years, and it seems that it may be appropriate to follow-up my unintended book with an intentional set of Molly stories. More than one suggestion has been delivered to me that a children’s series of Molly antics is a perfect idea. I’ve been slow and reluctant to the advice; resistant even. A children’s series is a pretty big commitment. There are drawings and caricatures and storylines and covers and more that have to be created all from scratch. Don’t these people know that I already have a full-time job? Plus I know I will need help with a lot of this.
So in the interest of at least dipping my toe in the water, I’ll be using the blog to post some basic ideas and give them a trial run. Honest feedback will be very much appreciated.
Here’s a rundown of some titles/plots that have been initially started.
- Molly Eats Her Vegetables
- Molly Learns to Cross the Street with Her Mom
- Molly Learns to Play Nice
- Molly Learns to Potty
Be on the lookout for future postings to provide the trial run for each one of these stories. Again, your honest feedback will be very much appreciated. Anything from content, style, subject matter, network connections for artists, been-there-done-that advice, and opinions…all of it will be welcome.
Many thanks, fellow bloggers. As always, God Bless.
photo credit: “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” by Bruno at https://www.flickr.com/people/brunobib/ – creative commons license