7 Nature Pictures for Earth Day

7 Nature Pictures for Earth Day

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Napali Coast Line, Kauai, HI

 

Spouting Horn, Kauai, HI
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, WY

 

 

 

 

Polihale Beach, Kauai, HI

 

Artist’s Point, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Kalalau Lookout, Kauai, HI

 

 

Dolphins Playing, Road to Hana Coastline, Maui, HI

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Potential Movie Rights Contract

Potential Movie Rights Contract

 

Potential Movie Rights Contract

Several years ago I had a dream, a crazy dream, but with encouragement from friends and family, I decided to go for it. I wanted to write a children’s book series. With the convenience of the internet, I began making lists of all that I needed to learn.  The list seemed insurmountable, but as with any list, if one takes a step at a time, it is possible. I wrote the book, found an editor and published on Amazon.com.

The Mystic Princesses were more than a dream!

 

Reviews help sell books, so I sought feedback from trusted organizations. I entered my books into the Writers’ Digest Self-Published Book Awards contest. And I submitted them to IndieBRAG, LLC for review. The reviews came back and I was ecstatic with the messages. They listed a few things that could be improved, which I incorporated.

And then the email of my dreams came. I woke up one morning a few months ago and found a message that a studio was interested in a potential movie rights contract.  I’m honored to have been considered. With a little fanfare and a lot of grateful feelings, here is the message:

Dear PJ,

I am trying to track down the film/TV rights to your Mystic Princesses books. Do you have an agent or manager who handles the film/TV rights on your behalf? If so, would you be so kind as to forward me their contact information? We have a database for film/TV rights to books, and one of our clients was interested in your series. I can be reached at e****er@r*********er.com. Thank you and best wishes.

Next, I corresponded with the firm that contacted me, as well as found an agent and an attorney willing to assist with negotiations. However, it didn’t work out, but I thought I’d share the message anyway.

So my message for you is: follow your dream! You never know where it might lead if you don’t try. And if you do try, with a lot of hard work, surrounding yourself with professionals in the field, research and some luck sprinkled in, you could hit the jackpot.

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A Quick Update for Adopting Our Daughter

A Quick Update for Adopting Our Daughter

 

A Quick Update for Adopting Our DaughterThis post will be a quick update for adopting our daughter, as I need to get ready for work. We have finally been contacted by our adoption counselor!

We are in the process of filling out miles of paperwork and obtaining friend and family references.  This weekend we will answer 13 pages of questions about our childhoods, our adulthood, prior relationships (no major), our marriage and our views on discipline.

In just a little more time, we will begin meeting children!

Two side notes:

  • If people had to qualify like this before having a baby, there would be fewer children in the foster process, and fewer children in general.
  • If you want to see children waiting for adoption, please see this website.

 

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ABC, Adoption & Me

ABC, Adoption & Me

My husband and I are waiting to adopt a child from the foster system, so when I saw that Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) included books about adoption, I knew I had to pick one of them. And as I’m quite busy getting our house ready and working my day job, I wanted a picture book. I was thrilled when I received ABC Adoption & Me from Gayle H. Swift and Casey A. Swift.  It looked educational and entertaining.  But before I get to the book review I’d like to share more information about MCBD.

Continue reading ABC, Adoption & Me

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Still Waiting for Our Daughter to Adopt

Still Waiting for Our Daughter to Adopt

 

Still Waiting for Our Daughter to AdoptSeveral readers wanted to me to keep in touch about our adoption process. I’m disappointed to report that we haven’t heard anything from the agency handling the adoption. Their phone message does not allow any messages – ODD! I sent a few emails this morning to various email addresses with hopes of learning something. We’ve been advised that there is a long wait period in the system by other case workers. Apparently, the organization is processing foster children into foster homes, but doesn’t have enough case workers to process the children and adoptive parents. We are quite disappointed at the moment. On the other hand, it is giving us time to get tasks completed around the house and some other issues taken care of before we have our daughter.

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