I wrote "We Share When We Sleep" while I was in India for a few months volunteering with some Tibetan refugee groups and working on my material for "Teach Us To Fish." I remember looking at a photograph of my boys and wondering how to explain to them my mission and absence. I realized I needed to explain to them the situation and help them understand they were not alone. I believe we two choices in life, to realize our experiences make us who we are and embrace them or to view our experiences as a victim and seek sympathy. I want my boys to always see life's experiences as making them stronger, empathetic, understanding, and compassionate. Otherwise they will never grow and evolve, they will always place blame for their problems and misfortunes on experiences, circumstance, and others, instead of assuming responsibility. This seems like such a simple philosophy, however I reminded daily of how many adults have yet to realize this simple understanding... If you would like to donate this book and help others,, click here
In March 2012, I decided to switch gears from the teenager program (Teach Us To Fish), I have been working on and send a piece of my work (We Share When We Sleep) through the publishing industry. I didn't know what to expect and did not want to make any mistakes on the big book, so I began working on We Share When We Sleep.I searched for several months to find an illustrator and researched the going rate per illustration. Prices came back from $100-$300 per page. I was hoping to find someone local to help with all my projects, however I never found the right person. I came across a website (AuthorHouse.com) and decided to inquire about publishing pricing, it just so happened they had a special in the months of May which included 10 illustrations so I went ahead and got started. The process was much more than I had anticipated for sure. The illustration process was very interesting and exciting. I started with a few of my sketches and descriptions then waiting for the first round of drafts. I was very surprised how the illustrator at Author House was so close to what I had imagined. Over the course of the next few months we went back and forth to perfect the illustrations, the finally the coloring. I also sent the book in for editing and peer reviews. Thank you Andrea Weedon and Jeanette Matison for your input. It was a little tricky writing a story in a third person. All in all it was a pretty exciting experience. I have 5 more of the kids books to get illustrated next and published. The series will make a great set and addresses some serious issues children face today. At the end of the day, its truly all about the children and making a difference in their lives. I had some great time to think about what life is really all about. After everything is gone and I'm on my death bed, I will know my work will supersede my existence. Nothing else in life can be taken with us when we die except the satisfaction of knowing we have made the world a better place in our own special way. Thank you for reading my books and helping make a difference. The journey has just begun...
Published August 1st, 2012! Still waiting for Amazon.com to put up a pic, but they have the book in stock. Working on polishing up the website and social media profiles. Working networking with non-profits who can become recipients of book donations. I also started networking with Military newspapers and outreach centers. "We Share When We Sleep” has a great message and is designed to help children whose parents are overseas. "We Share When We Sleep" also addresses various other types of sharing as well, such as sharing our environment, resources, family, friends, teachers, toys, food, feelings, and even our homes. The other five children’s books have great messages too and already working on publishing them all at the same time. I truly hope "We Share When We Sleep" can help with some of the current family issues. If you have the ability, please buy one or two and either donate to one of our preferred recipients or someone you might know who is going through these issues. This book is all about the kids. If youre on facebook, visit us at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/WeShareWhenWeSleepcom/287997781288702
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