Monday, September 24, 2012

Treasures in a Box

The other day I went down in the basement with my daughter who was home from school for the week-end. The basement is a cold cement room with spider webs and copper pipes that fight for space on the ceiling. Unpacked damp boxes, junk and leftovers from my life are scattered and stacked there. Every once and awhile I end up having to go down there and search for something. This time it was an old book of fairytales that my mother had bought for my children when they were small. The particular fairytale I was looking for had the story about “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

You probably are asking yourself why I needed to find that story and I will tell you that in a minute. First I want to tell you about the treasure hunt. Oh yes, what started out as a quick trip to find a book, turned out to be an hour down memory lane with my daughter as we opened box after box containing her childhood treasures. Needless to say there were many boxes that escaped the basement that day. The Barbie dolls however, did not make it. I fear they will have to stay there until another little girl comes around to play. Do you have your children’s memories packed away in boxes somewhere because you lack space? I suggest you do as I did and introduce your children to them. It is a fun way to spend some time with these “grown-ups” of yours and to make more space for your own memories that need more storage as we get older.

Now back to the reason I needed to spend some time with “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Wayman Publishing is releasing Open Doors 2--an anthology where authors write their own hilarious, unique, or even tragic versions of fairy tales and nursery rhymes.  Submissions are FREE. This could be a great publication credit if your work is accepted.  If you want to find out more check out thislink!

If you do not see me around as much it is because I am trying to get my book finished and ready for self-publication. Yes, I have finally made the decision to get some help and publish it myself. Anyone have any comments or advice to give me on self-publication?  I would really appreciate it.

Minnie will be here on Friday with her monthly game of Gibberish so don’t forget to come back and play. Until then, have a great week!


Shelly said...

Advise: Put out your best work. If you need a beta reader, I'll volunteer. Also, incorporate yourself. Find a great formatter. I know one and he does great covers, too. Collin Beishir.

Hugs and chocolate,

Karen Lange said...

Wishing you the best on your book! Looking forward to hearing about your journey when you get that far.

Thanks so much for stopping by and following my blog. It's great to meet you! Alex is something, isn't he?

Have a wonderful week,
Karen :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You can do it, Siv! I know a lot of authors who've self-published that would be happy to help you if needed.
And yes, my mother made sure I got my box of GI Joe's.

Bossy Betty said...

What a great idea to spend time with a box full of memories and a loved one too!

Good luck on the book!!!

Lynn Proctor said...

oh that sounds fun--the box of memories--i loved that children's story--and you will be great!!

Gossip_Grl said...

I am lacking in a lot of space, so I recently went through the mementos and gave them to my kids. Can't wait for another Minnie on Friday! :)

Suzanne Furness said...

I love going through my kids stuff and reliving memories. Old photos are great too.

Good luck with the book look forward to hearing about your journey.

Nancy Thompson said...

You know, I have no idea what happened to most of my son's old things. We kept all his stuffed animals and Hotwheels, but everything else is gone. It's a mystery. Good thing my kid isn't very nostalgic.

And thanks for stopping by today. Let me know if you do feature my book trailer. I can even send you the embed link, if you want. No pressure though. I'm just happy you stopped by!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

When my home burned down, all my boxed memories went with it.

Shelly is right: you need a great formatter and excellent cover artist. Sadly my formatter is quite ill, and my cover artist is over-committed as it is.

If you need specific questions answered, just email me, and I will answer as quickly as I can!

Great fortune with your book!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your book publishing! I can't wait to read it! :) And we too are in the process of going through some memories here.. I can't remember when I've laughed and cried so much. :)

Gina Gao said...

Wishing you the best on your book! I can't wait to read it!

Judy Susan said...

When I go looking for something, and stumble across something I've packed away years ago, that belongs to the Major, I normally never get back to looking for what I needed.