After over a year of headaches, frustration and multiple people’s hard work, my books finally became available in e-book format a couple of weeks ago. The whole process was a complete nightmare! I’d like to share with you the reason I pushed through to get them as e-books.
This cutie, Edgar, communicates nonverbally using an Ipad. He is learning to use his head to select different phrases and options on the iPad. Like many of my fans, Edgar’s hands cannot turn the pages of a paper book. Having Wendy on Wheels on his iPad allows him to read Wendy’s adventures or have them read to him. This brings Wendy’s adventures to a whole group of children who may not have had access to them before.
When I see this picture of Edgar, I am reminded of my cousin, AJ, who passed away about 10 years ago. AJ had a severe form of cerebral palsy. Edgar looks so much like AJ it’s scary.
My favorite memory of AJ is this one. My dog, Cleo, loved (and still does) to lick people’s faces. She would put her paws up on his wheelchair and lick him all over his face and mouth. AJ would laugh with delight and open his mouth more.
I will have big news regarding “Wendy on Wheels Moves On” at the end of the week!!!
The month of October has been busy for Wendy on Wheels! October 7th, my sister and I visited Kellison Elementary in Fenton, Missouri. We presented in an all school assembly for their Ability Awareness Day. What a wonderful group of students! Mandy and I talked about what it was like growing up. Then, we opened it up to questions and answers. There were a lot of good questions for Mandy. They were really imagining Mandy when she was in elementary school. They asked questions like, “What is your favorite color?” And “What is your biggest struggle in life?” It was awesome!!! Now, they can say they’ve met someone who uses a wheelchair.
This morning, we went to the two and three year old room at St. Micheal and St. George School. We read Wendy on Wheels Goes to the Beach. Afterwards, each child was allowed to touch Mandy’s wheelchair. Their teacher, Lisa has been teaching them about differences. They’ve been learning about difference in skin color and hair color. Today, the focus was differences in abilities.
School visits are my passion!!!! I love raising awareness especially with my sister!!!!
St. Louis Variety means a lot to my family. From their website, “Variety The Children’s Charity has been helping children with physical and mental disabilities reach their full potential for 80 years.” Mandy was their poster child for a couple years when she was little. I wish I had a picture of that to post. Over the years, Mandy has gone to camp, been a counselor, volunteered in the office and done a lot for Variety.
Last Wednesday, Mandy and I visited Variety’s Summer Adventure Camp. We loved it!!! The kids were so cute.
It’s so wonderful what Variety does for these children! They all seemed to be having so much fun at camp.
I’m so glad I get to talk about Wendy on Wheels with my sister, Mandy, the inspiration behind the series. I have so much fun raising awareness with her!
This little guy is adorable!!! It was an awesome visit! I think the campers really enjoyed Wendy on Wheels.
Sunday afternoon, I had my launch party for Wendy on Wheels Saves the Day at All Along Press. It was such a wonderful event. Thank you to everyone who came. I appreciate your support and love for Wendy on Wheels. Excellent food from Cherokee Street Catering. Everyone loved the barbequed chicken pizza!
The reading went well. I said thank you to my cousin, Dana for taking Elizabeth and me around Cardinal Glennon to see what the inside of a children’s hospital looks like. Dana is cartoonized on page 21 of Wendy on Wheels Saves the Day.
Things have been going well for Wendy on Wheels. I have some Ability Awareness Days lined up for April at some local schools. I’m working on setting up some schools visits in Peoria, IL and Chicago the third week in April.
I’m working on getting t-shirts made. They might be available to the general public if people are interested.
I was not chosen as a finalist in the Energizer Competition. I’m still excited I was nominated as a semifinalist. Thank you to everyone who voted for me!!!
I will have the cover for Wendy on Wheels Takes a Stand in a week or so. 🙂
I saw The Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday. Marlee did a outstanding job as project manager! Go Marlee!! Meat Loaf had a meltdown on Gary Busey. I couldn’t believe that. YIKES!!!
What a welcome!! The kids in the Adventure Club at Bristol Elementary made this. Cool, huh? Aren’t they cute? These visits are amazing!! I love reading to kids.
Last week was a good week for public relations. The St. Louis Post Dispatch mentioned Wendy on Wheels in an article about Blades Day of Giving. A little boy said Wendy on Wheels was his favorite. 🙂
Wendy on Wheels Saves the Day was submitted for publishing late last week. I’m waiting to receive the proof copy. I’m so excited to get it. I’m working on the launch party.
Book four has been discussed and is in progress as well. More information will be given at a later date. Just know that it is coming… I’m really excited about this one as well.
It’s Snowpocalypse in St. Louis. I’ve been hearing the ice hit my windows for the last few hours. I just finished putting Wendy on Wheels Saves the Day together. Now I just need to get it over to the designers.
This book is the book I wanted to write and publish since I started the series, but wasn’t fully ready. Niether I nor the audience was ready. I have Wendy dressed up a superhero to symbolize everyday people who do great things and make our lives better. In this story, Wendy feels an overwhelming desire to make other people smile.
Here are some examples of heroes in my life.
I appreciate these people very much. Despite what’s going on in their lives, these people still do what they can to make this world a better place. Even if some of the above are “doing their jobs,” they are still helping others. We need to take time to be grateful for people who make our lives better.
So tell me, who are some superheroes in your life?