I forgot how to use this thing… almost.

Wow… July 31st was my last post? JULY 31?

A lot can change in life… fast. And mine sure has proven that.

On July 24th, I started a new job. Yes, I write books for children. Yes, they pull in some money. No, they don’t pay for cars and houses. So I do have to work in between playing an author writing a blog.

So I decided to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and work here:

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Okay, that’s an old photo.

Here is one that’s more current:

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Yep, I’m officially an autoworker. A member of the UAW. I’m building cars.

And what fun it is! No, really… I do enjoy it. The people I work with are fantastic. The money is good. And the machines don’t talk back. What do I do, in particular?

Here is a 2014 Jeep Cherokee:

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And what do I do? I install the rear bumper… or fascia, in technical terms.

Oh, I do other stuff, too. But that’s the easiest part to explain.

So why am I writing here now?

Truthfully, I’ve missed it. I’ve missed it terribly. My favorite part was reading comments from perfect strangers from all over the world. But I just haven’t had time… that lame excuse that everyone turns to now and again.

I’m going to strive to make time. Starting today.

Speaking of today… it’s National Popcorn Day. Some of you read this blog because you know that I’ve written a few books for kids.

While I was away, busy building Jeeps, I released my 5th book: Crusty Cupcake’s Happy Birthday. Here is the cover:

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It came out back on November 1st… and I think it was the best one yet. The message? Children should learn that having friends is the best gift there is!

Incidentally, since today is National Popcorn Day… and my first book for children was called Pete the Popcorn… what might be going on in my world today?

That’s right! Book #6 is being released on Amazon.com and it is a follow-up to Pete the Popcorn:

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Pete the Popcorn 2 introduces a few new characters, including Policeman Parker Popcorn. So many children, especially in inner cities, only look at police officers in a negative light. We wanted to change that. We wanted to teach kids that police officers are here to help… to protect… to serve.

The book also touches on honesty. And we are using this book as a launching point for our series discovering “Popcorn Principles.” Each book will explore a different principle that we as a country hold near to our hearts. And these principles are ones that kids can begin practicing today.

How can you help? As usual, share this post. Take to Twitter and Facebook. Tell folks about the fledgling author that also builds Jeeps. Help me make a difference by buying some of my books on Amazon. And then get a friend to do it, too.

Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Pete-Popcorn-Popcorns-Practicing-Principles/dp/1494914859/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390131829&sr=8-1&keywords=pete+the+popcorn+2

And that’s it.

My life since July in a cute little nutshell.

Talk to you soon. Hold me to that. Please.

Nick

Thanks for visiting this blog! As you see, it is not supported by advertising. If you would like to personally support this blog and its authors, here is what you can do:

1. Go pick up a copy of Pete the Popcorn at Amazon! Pete the Popcorn was our first book, nationally recognized as a perfectly subtle anti-bullying message for youngsters. You can LIKE Pete on Facebook by visiting www.Facebook.com/PeteThePopcorn. And you’ll find all sortz of information like videos, photos and school visit PDF files at www.PeteThePopcorn.com.

2. Jump on the Pete bandwagon and purchase Pete the Popcorn 2! This book teaches children all about the Popcorn Principle of honesty! It’s available here!

3. Treat yourself to our popular book Casey and Callie Cupcake! This Frosted Fable About Being Fantastic Just The Way You Are teaches children to accept themselves and their friends for the person they are on the inside! Keep track of our new cupcake book offerings on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CupcakeBook!

Thanks for all your support! If you want to help out in other ways, please contact us!

Bucket List Photo Challenge: Day 180.

Day 180 of my Bucket List Photo Challenge!

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During the Christmas season, we are lucky in this country to have a wonderful charity called Toys for Tots, run by the United States Marine Corps. They make sure that every child has a toy to open on that wonderful morning for children… and that highly religious moment for adults.

On equal footing, in my opinion, is a locally-based organization called Books 4 Buddies. Their goal is to ensure that disadvantaged youth have leisure reading materials available— free of charge, year-round. Especially in the summer, when kids aren’t inundated with reading at school, it is so very important that they are encouraged to read. Reading is the baseline to all learning.

I was honored to be a part of a Books 4 Buddies event today. The photo above is co-author Joe Kelley and I with young Toure, founder of Books 4 Buddies. And I was overwhelmed at the number of books that were brought in by people from all walks of life. Go ahead— find an organization like this in your community. Or go start one of your own. Get some books into the hands of our future. Books are like a toy for the brain.

Let’s call this photo TOY and knock that word off the list!

Here is the complete list for the month of June:

  • Sky
  • Handwriting
  • Skyline
  • Cheese
  • Shadow
  • Early
  • Summertime
  • Bedhead
  • Water
  • Silly
  • Toy
  • Event
  • Tiny
  • Event
  • Hot
  • Totally
  • Out
  • Imperfect
  • Thinking
  • Books
  • Decorate
  • Angle
  • Door
  • View
  • Soft
  • Shopping
  • Citrus
  • Sunny
  • Self
  • Shoes
  • Home

June Word List

Remember, let me know here if you’re doing a Bucket List Photo Challenge in 2013. And upload your photo to Twitter using #BucketListPhotoChallenge

Please let me know if you’re participating so I can give you a shout-out here!

Thanks for visiting this blog! As you see, it is not supported by advertising. If you would like to personally support this blog and its authors, here is what you can do:

1. Go pick up a copy of Pete the Popcorn at Amazon! Pete the Popcorn was our first book, nationally recognized as a perfectly subtle anti-bullying message for youngsters. You can LIKE Pete on Facebook by visiting www.Facebook.com/PeteThePopcorn. And you’ll find all sortz of information like videos, photos and school visit PDF files at www.PeteThePopcorn.com.

2. Support the worldwide marketing push for our brand new book, First Photo of The Royal Baby! This cute story contains an important lesson for children: a simple smile breaks all language barriers. The book is our opportunity to spread our messages to a new worldwide audience— and it can happen with your help! Visit the Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RoyalBabyPhoto.

3. Treat yourself to our popular book Casey and Callie Cupcake! This Frosted Fable About Being Fantastic Just The Way You Are teaches children to accept themselves and their friends for the person they are on the inside! Keep track of our new cupcake book offerings on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CupcakeBook!

Thanks for all your support! If you want to help out in other ways, please contact us!

Bucket List Photo Challenge: Day 168.

Day 168 of my Bucket List Photo Challenge!

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Last summer, I was able to give away about 5,000 used books to kids in my area for summer reading. That’s right— every book on that table, plus thousands more, were given away for free. This photo alone is worth the time that I’ve spent over the past year promoting reading. Plus, who doesn’t like a balloon hat?

Let’s call this photo BOOKS and knock that word off the list!

Here is the complete list for the month of June:

  • Sky
  • Handwriting
  • Skyline
  • Cheese
  • Shadow
  • Early
  • Summertime
  • Bedhead
  • Water
  • Silly
  • Toy
  • Event
  • Tiny
  • Event
  • Hot
  • Totally
  • Out
  • Imperfect
  • Thinking
  • Books
  • Decorate
  • Angle
  • Door
  • View
  • Soft
  • Shopping
  • Citrus
  • Sunny
  • Self
  • Shoes
  • Home

June Word List

Remember, let me know here if you’re doing a Bucket List Photo Challenge in 2013. And upload your photo to Twitter using #BucketListPhotoChallenge

Please let me know if you’re participating so I can give you a shout-out here!

Thanks for visiting this blog! As you see, it is not supported by advertising. If you would like to personally support this blog and its authors, here is what you can do:

1. Go pick up a copy of Pete the Popcorn at Amazon! Pete the Popcorn was our first book, nationally recognized as a perfectly subtle anti-bullying message for youngsters. You can LIKE Pete on Facebook by visiting www.Facebook.com/PeteThePopcorn. And you’ll find all sortz of information like videos, photos and school visit PDF files at www.PeteThePopcorn.com.

2. Support the worldwide marketing push for our brand new book, First Photo of The Royal Baby! This cute story contains an important lesson for children: a simple smile breaks all language barriers. The book is our opportunity to spread our messages to a new worldwide audience— and it can happen with your help! Visit the Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RoyalBabyPhoto.

3. Treat yourself to our popular book Casey and Callie Cupcake! This Frosted Fable About Being Fantastic Just The Way You Are teaches children to accept themselves and their friends for the person they are on the inside! Keep track of our new cupcake book offerings on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CupcakeBook!

Thanks for all your support! If you want to help out in other ways, please contact us!