Oh, hi! Can I tell you a cute story I want to remember? Please stop me if you’ve heard this one before…
A few weeks ago, Ginger (6) was at two-hour gymnastics practice on a VERY hot day. The coach let the kids go get water, and Ginger let everyone go in front of her in line (she always does that). The coach blew the whistle just before Ginger had a chance to get a drink of water, and she asked him if she could go back to the drinking fountain.
He said no.
It was probably 95 degrees in the gym on that day, and Ginger was drenched in sweat. She had a full-on panic attack in the gym, and I didn’t know what was wrong (because I was on the other side of the glass). I felt really helpless, as I often do when Ginger gets anxiety attacks.
The issue was later resolved, and all is fine now. But, on that day, Ginger was very scared and sad.
Anyhoo – Ginger had a hard time bouncing back and was distraught even on the car ride home from gymnastics. We got back to our house, and Paprika (9) immediately led Ginger in to the backyard and turned on the hose, creating “rain” for her sister.
She said, “Ginger, you can have all the water you want now that we’re home! We’ll have a water party!”
And so, they danced in the rain and got incredibly drenched! Ginger and Violet (4) had the wise idea to get out the umbrellas. I didn’t even know we had umbrellas! Ha!
I had to bite my tongue because we’re in a drought here in California. But, the sweetness of Paprika’s act was not lost on me, so I let them have fun for a bit (and we skipped baths that night!)
It was really a joyful moment for me as a mom because even though I didn’t know how to help Ginger in the moment (and remember: I also to tend to a fussy Ellie who’d missed her nap) – Paprika was there and knew just what would cheer Ginger up.
And you know what? Paprika’s little rain party did the trick! Ginger recovered nicely, and we had a great rest of the day. 🙂 Sometimes it’s the little, simple things that can change everything. I’m so grateful we have each other.
Okay, now in other news…I’ve basically become a workaholic with my books! I have my Romance Line of titles for grown-ups. I’ve published two full length romance novels now. And WOW, that is A LOT of work!
I am learning so much – but I would say I’m probably working 60+ hours/week on them (all while the rest of the family is asleep at night). There are so many things that go on behind the scenes, I can’t even adequately describe how much work it is! Geez!
I’ve basically abandoned all my friends at this point – and I’m not even checking Instagram, email, talking on the phone, or doing anything else in my spare time. Forget about watching a TV show. Every “extra” moment of my life has been consumed by my Romance Series! Ahhhh….
Of course, I’m still homeschooling and being a mom 24/7. That job keeps me pretty busy, too! Hahaha.
All this to say: My Romance Series better take off and people better start buying copies! LOL 🙂
No, I’m kidding. I would still write it even if nobody else read it. But – the funny thing is that because I’ve been so obsessed with writing my Romance Series, I’ve totally slacked on my kids’ books!
You may remember that I published the first two books in my LOL Detective Mystery Series. I have the third book ready to publish (in Book 3 they go to Kenya on Safari!) I’ll probably publish LOL Detective Club Book #3 in a week or two – I’m still making the cover! 🙂
Because I’ve been so focused on my Romance Titles, I haven’t been marketing the LOL Detective Club books or keeping up on their rankings, etc. So, tonight I decided to click on them JUST TO SEE how they were doing on Amazon…and I was totally flabbergasted! I took screenshots, so you can see my surprise! (Yes, it was 2:19 AM when I took that screenshot – two hours ago!)
That made me feel like there IS a market for these kids’ books (I’ve been told there isn’t) and people DO want to read them!
I find my LOL Detective Club Series INFINITELY easier to write than my grown-up Romance books, and I LOVE writing them. I can probably write TEN of my kids’ series books for every ONE romance novel! Easily.
So, now I’m scratching my head on what to do. I’ll probably keep writing romance (under a pen name) – and ALSO writing the kids’ books. Even though it’s an insane amount of work (it really is) – I love the creative process of each genre, and how different the writing process is!
I guess it’s like playing two different musical instruments or speaking two languages. It’s THAT different. But, fun, too! 🙂
Which reminds me, I have to get back to writing… I’ll be back here soon to update with some cute pictures of the girls. Until then, here is one I took this morning of Ellie (15 months) feeding Daisy. They are becoming best friends. Probably because Daisy knows a meal ticket when she sees one! Ha!