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?
This morning, I was fortunate enough to participate in Blades Elementary School’s 100% Day of Giving. A young man in the office handed me an envelope when I got there. It contained a map of the school, a schedule of all the presenters and classes, an invitation to lunch in the teacher’s lounge and nice gift for me.
I know its a small picture, but it says “From the desk of Angela Ruzicka.” That’s really sweet!!!
I presented in front of several different groups in a row. Some were 1st and 4th graders, then 2nd and 5th grades. I started out talking about giving, I talked about the different ways to give, ie. money, time, energy etc. I told them how some of the profits from Wendy on Wheels Goes to the Beach goes to the St. Louis Variety and some of the profits of Wendy on Wheels Goes to the Zoo go to the MDA. For the last group, I talked about how whenever you give you always get back more than you gave. I said I hoped the children and groups I read to get as much out of my visit as I do. My cousin’s little boy, Kyle, attended school there and was in one of the classes.
The books were well received. They loved Wendy. After the presentations, they had lunch in the teacher’s lounge from Bandana’s BBQ and some snacks and dips from Dierberg’s. It was a very nice lunch! I met some of the other presenters.
At the end of lunch, Kyle’s teacher told me her class was making posters to promote Wendy on Wheels and said I was welcome to come by the room to see them. They were making Wendy posters!! AWESOME!! Of course, I had to check that out.
Of course, I wanted my picture taken with them.
This was one groups poster. LOVE IT!!
This is adorable!!
This one was still in progress. The girls worked hard on it. I love it!!
Here’s me with some super creative girls!
Here’s me with Kyle and his friends and the poster they made.
Here is the final one. How wonderful!! Overall, this was a great day. I guess the answer is yes. Yes, the students enjoy having me there as much as I enjoy being there.
I got back from my honeymoon in Costa Rica late last night. Costa Rica was amazing!! We stayed at an all inclusive resort some of the time, then ventured off to explore the next week. I sold some books while I was there. Not intentionally though, just talked to people and they wanted to buy them.
I love to travel. Whenever, I travel I feel like I learn more and am much more creative. My thinking becomes clear.
Wendy on Wheels book four has been on the tip of my brain for the last couple months. Friday, I woke up at 5:30 am in Tamarindo, book 4 was finally begging to be written. I went in the next room and typed for a while. Andrew woke up around 6:30 or 7. “Sweety, where are you?” “I’m writing book 4,” I replied. I was finally in the zone.
I wrote half of it, then got stumped. The story focuses on a serious topic and I wasn’t sure which direction to take it. So I left it and we walked down the beach.
Later on in the day, I came up with the rest of it. Within 24 hours, book four was done. I’m not sure about a title for it yet. I’m excited about it. It’s good quality.
I estimate that January 10th 2010 was when I came up with the idea for Wendy. I thought about Wendy on Wheels on her birthday last week, as I heard the waves. The beach had been my inspiration for the first book. It had been a good year. I’m so glad I followed through with the first book, which led to more.
I started off the week on Monday with a visit to the Parents as Teachers program at an Windsor Elementary. It was a very small group, about 7 little ones, average age was about 2. They seemed to appreciate Wendy Goes to the Beach more than Zoo.
Thursday morning, I visited a couple classes at the Southside Day Nursery. They were so little and cute. Some children were learning English. I asked how they liked the story. A couple raised their hands and started speaking in another language. It’s good that I got them to talk. Several kids gave me hugs. Two said, “I like you.”
In the afternoon, I went to read a class of 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders at City Garden Montessori Charter School. When I walked in to the class, one little girl walked up to me and said, “Hi. I’m Holly. Welcome to our class.” Then a second girl introduced herself and welcomed me. I’d never been welcomed to a class before. Very impressive! This group did very well with the discussion questions. They had some very good ideas about how the teacher and zoo could have treated Wendy and Brandon differently. When it was time for their next speaker, they did a really cool cheer for me, complete with hand motions. Something like “CLAP!! CLAP!!! SNAP!!! SNAP!!! RAISE THE ROOF FOR ANGELA!!! YOU’RE ON FIRE!!! Then they sang a little thank you song.
This morning, I presented to several classes at the University City Children’s Center. My mom and my sister, Mandy, came with me. These children were between the ages of 2 and 5 depending which class it was. The first group was a bunch of 2 and 3 year olds. After the reading, a few kids walked up and touched Mandy’s wheelchair and shirt. It’s so good for them to be exposed to Mandy and her wheelchair!! I’m so glad Mandy and my mom were able to attend.
After reading to all the classes, the three of us went out to lunch at Ginger Bistro in University City. My sister and I opened a package we had received from Henry Elementary School. It was a bunch of thank you notes from the class we had entertained in October. Here are a couple of sweet ones.
Introducing Wendy on Wheels at all these schools has been a wonderful experience. I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity!!!