Bucket List 2013: 3 New Books in 1 Year!

2012 was a great year for me.

Financially, it wasn’t that rewarding…. ugh!

But in every other aspect, it might have been the best year yet!

A huge part of that came on February 29th, 2012… when my first book for Children, Pete the Popcorn, was released on Amazon.com.

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Pete the Popcorn!

On this day, my very first book hit 3 #1 slots on Amazon: #1 in Hot New Releases, #1 in Children’s Literature and #1 in Movers and Shakers! And this was just the beginning… since that date, co-author Joe Kelley and I have been to countless schools for readings, a bunch of libraries for author appearances, a slew of gourmet popcorn shops for promotional visits… and we’ve read Pete the Popcorn in about 25 states, about 50 cities, 3 countries… and more!

Later in the year, we released our second book, Clipper the Comet, which paid tribute to our home states of Ohio and Michigan… and the auto industry which so many families rely on in our area. We also used this book to create a summer reading initiative for children in the Westland, Michigan and Blissfield, Michigan areas— giving away over 5,000 Children’s Books!

Clipper the Comet

Clipper the Comet

Since then, we’ve been hard at work creating new stories— and touring schools across the country, which could be the focus of an entire book in itself.

So, what’s on my bucket list for 2013 in regards to my writing business?

I’m preparing 3 NEW BOOKS FOR 2013!

One of these is fairly common knowledge: Casey and Callie Cupcake. Some lucky folks were already afforded the opportunity to pre-order this book and receive their child’s name in the acknowledgement pages… but the release date for this book has been pushed back a little bit, as we work with a cupcake shop to secure a promotional partnership. We have to do the promotional release process in a proper manner, or there is no point in even doing the book!


But “let me be clear,” as Obama would say— Casey and Callie Cupcake will hit the book shelf sometime in the first quarter of 2013!

What about the other two books that I  would like to release in 2013 to complete my Bucket List?


Will they both be Children’s Books? Surprise!!!

Another Pete the Popcorn book, as children have been demanding? Surprise!!!

A book for adults??? Surprise!!!

I’m going to get this Bucket List item accomplished, you can be sure of that… but I’m a little scared, too. What will I do in 2014? 4 books in one year? How do I top it? Or, are three books in one year too many? How can I possibly promote them all correctly?

However, I really have no choice… my mind has been working overtime lately and my typing fingers just can’t keep up. So I have to get these ideas out now… or lose them forever.

So, there it is, the second item on my 2013 Bucket List: release 3 new books!

Talk to you tomorrow!




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Bucket List: Produce a Mini-Documentary

I’ve been making videos for years. In fact, I don’t know many people from high school– but they all know me, because I was heavily involved in the in-house school news program. They got to see my fat, smiling face on a daily basis.

The thing is, I loved it. I did mini-documentary productions on Pearl Harbor and the History of Whitmer, the high school I attended. My favorite production was The Return of Toledo, where I interviewed the Mayor, City Council members and county commissioner- that turned into a 2-part special.

Not too bad for a high school video geek.

For the past several years, I’ve been doing Wedding videos in my spare time. And of course some YouTube parody videos.

But in 2012, I want to produce a serious mini-documentary. My goal is to make it 10 minutes or less and I want to learn some things myself and teach my viewers, as well.

What will the subject be? I don’t know. Politics? An environmental story I’ve had my eye on? The economy in this country? A highlight of a local family? A day in my life? Perhaps an overview of our experience writing, producing, promoting and eventually selling Pete the Popcorn? Or a documentary of one of my trips? Or behind-the-scenes at the airport? With access to all of these items in my own life, the possibilities are endless.

What would you like to see?

I’ve got the equipment. I think I have the brain. I just want to see if I’ve still got the touch to put something interesting on film and tell a good story. This might be a very selfish goal… because in a way, it’s total vanity just to see if I can still do this.

Gimme some ideas!

Just to recap…

2012 Bucket List

1. Complete a 2-week juice fast.
2. Attend a “Destination Party”
3. Produce a Mini-Documentary
4. Coming Thursday, December 29th
5. Coming Friday, December 30th
6. Coming Saturday, December 31st
7. Coming Sunday, January 1st


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