Why write a book?

Fun, Quality Time & Memories … These are the 3 key reasons I decided to write (and illustrate) my own children’s book. 

As you can see, I’ve been sharing stories with my daughter since before she could walk or talk. Being a fan of words n stuff, I’ve always been analyzing how stories are crafted together and what makes one story more fun to read than another.  Especially when you’re reading it a thousand times over.  (Parents everywhere are collectively rolling their eyes recalling that one book.  The one they can read with their eyes closed. Sigh.)

But then you have the Fun stories – the incredulous ones where gingerbread men can talk and run, and red sheep, blue sheep, go the f*** to sleep sheep made you smirk.  They were quite okay to read over and over again. Enjoyable even.  Let’s have more of them! 

They say Fun = Joy. They say that Joy is one of the highest frequencies you can resonate at.  I like to make people smile.  Make them feel joy.  And especially kids because they’re so quick to laugh and have fun. It brightens my day!

The books that I found most Fun were the silly, rhyming ones … Dr Suess springs to mind as the king of this craft.  I discovered with the rhyming stories, I fell into a rhythm and melody in my reading. It became more fluid and free, like a sing-song read-along.  

So whilst you are singing along (and hitting occasional potholes) in my story, you’ll start noticing layers.  And then you’ll notice layers within those layers.  Yeah, sure, you think it’s a simple treasure hunt, children’s book. Ha!

The basis of 80% of my creations is colour!  I can’t explain why I have this compulsion other than I love rainbows.  They’re like magic in the sky.

My story follows the rainbow.  
Within the rainbow, I’ve built in numbers.
Within the numbers, I’ve built in fruit.
Within the fruit, I’ve built in shapes.
Within the shapes is where it becomes sacred geometry.

I believe if you are going to hang and have some Quality Time with your young one, it should be stimulating for you too!  Right? The layers within layers aren’t too confusing.  I’m a simple kinda complex girl.  If I can’t bring it back to basics, then it’s not gonna stick.

Sometimes as a parent, I can forget to build and make space for Fun, Quality Time to build Memories.  Life gets in the way.  Those times when I do make it a priority… well, my whole being smiles and life becomes sparkly again.  That’s the magic of books – they put you in a bubble and it’s nice and cosy in there.

My story is an original and vibrant wonderland for you and your precious little one to share together. You get to hang out, have Fun together, spend Quality Time together and form precious Memories together.  That’s my Why!  Since this is the youngest you (and they) will ever be, it’s the perfect time to keep that magical spark alive.  Go on an Earth Adventure and become immersed in another reality.

Remind me to write an article about why I went to the effort to make my book from fabric.  There is great Wisdom in the Weave.

In Joy!

A Stitching Story Premiere

This article originally appeared on my previous website, aunty kym.com from my visit on 29 March 2017 – a reflection of my first public reading…

I pretended I was a rock star as I strode through the school ground to my final destination. The make it or break it point of my career.  Palms sweaty, heart pumping, mind sharp and consciously recording all the surroundings in its present state, I was alert and calm.

This audience is more advanced than my material.  Will I be able to pique and keep their attention?  Will they be too cool? Will they find it boring?  Have I incorporated my presentation in a way that engages?  Am I going to get heckled by a 9 year old? Am I overthinking?

No wundah I had such fears at Nundah.  I was going to tell a story about the creation of my story and then I was going to tell my story to my daughter’s class.   Its ‘World First Premier’ so to speak.  

Gratefully, this was not new territory to speak and present in front of people.  It started when I was 19 and I call Adult Education & Training my ‘first love’. The adrenalin gives a certain buzz.

This time was vastly different – the age of my audience was much younger and the content so close to my heart.  I was sharing my soul. 

How did it end up? I’m still here to tell the tale and I was even asked for my autograph!  Twice.

The girl that did ask for my autograph got the opportunity to embody the main character by wearing the sparkly shapes that Sunshine Poppy finds on her journey.

It’s an immersive experience reading A Stitching Story, Earth Adventure.  It’s a simple and complex.  It’s bright and tactile.  It’s colourful and fresh.  And it captivates attention.  Phew.  

It didn’t break me. I reckon it will remake me.  

Naturally.  

The next test drive will further answer the question … Do kids really like my story? Let’s see if they do.