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!!!!
Today, my sister, Mandy and I took a little road trip to share Wendy on Wheels with children at the MDA Camp in Fredericktown, MO
At first, I wasn’t sure how the kids felt about my books because they were absolutely silent the whole time we read. At the end, they asked a bunch of questions about how and why I wrote the books. Afterwards, we hung out at a pavilion by the lake. For the last couple days, the kids worked on building boats out of cardboard, duct tape and plastic wrap.
It was time to test the boats on the waters. The counselors got in the boats and floated around the lake. It was quite a sight.
I met a little girl who was a mermaid. She played tag but she could never be it because she was the mermaid princess. “Just look at my tail!” She gestured at her legs.
I’m so glad we had the opportunity to meet such a fun group!!!! We had a blast!!
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!!!
My official launch party for Wendy on Wheels Goes to the Zoo was Sunday, November 21st at Foam Coffee and Beer in St. Louis. I go to Foam to work on the books a lot, so I figured it would be a good place to have my release event.
I was so excited to meet Brandon O’Harver, who won the contest to name Wendy’s companion in the book. He was so sweet! It was so cool that he agreed to sign books!
Brandon, Illustrator Elizabeth Gearhart, my sister Amanda, (who inspired the Wendy character) and I signed books.
I had a special gift for Brandon. Brandon received a beautiful, watercolor painting of Wendy and Brandon by Wendy on Wheels’s illustrator, Elizabeth Gearhart. Here is Elizabeth, Brandon and me.
At 3:30, I read my brand new book to the crowd. Foam was standing room only. 🙂
I’m so grateful that I had a successful launch for Wendy on Wheels Goes to the Zoo. It was a fantastic event! I felt blessed to see so many people who support Wendy on Wheels!!! Thank you to everyone who came!!!
In honor of Brandon, a portion of the book sales of Wendy on Wheels Goes to the Zoo will be donated to the Muscular Dystropy Association. If you haven’t already, please order a copy of Wendy on Wheels Goes to the Zoo.