I am up at 4:30am this morning because I'm so excited about life.
I just couldn't sleep any more.
I had some really special things happen yesterday.
I had some input from some supporters.
One person sent me a very generous gift of Christmas money through my Paypal link and wrote a note thanking me for my music.
When I read the message I cried.
The person thanked me for my music.
You know what that says to me?
My brain reads that as "thank God my music's still alive".
My music is alive in me this morning because someone cared that much.
I feel like writing a million wonderful musical pieces right this minute.
I feel like writing a piece for the choir to sing.
I feel like writing a small quiet acoustic guitar finger picking piece about the silence of Advent.
I will, I promise.
So much to do all of a sudden with all this feeling of encouragement.
I have the idea for a chapter book of "Solutions" based on my song lyric, "fear is my enemy, money is my rival, gratitude is the remedy, and love is my survival".
I don't know what the actual title of the book will be.
I think the chapters are all titled "Your Bedroom", "Your Kitchen", "Your Parents", "Your Work", "Your Inner Life", "Your Body".........
I'm thinking that I will hand write and draw each page.
But.....and this is the great news for this project....I'm going to create each page on a piece of printer paper.
Then I can make copies myself.
I can decide how to bind the pages.....or maybe they're in some kind of notebook...loose.
You buy it at my merch table.
It has drawings and chapters.
Maybe I can add new chapters whenever I want, and keep the originals, and sell new chapters.
I can make the loose leaf notebooks that hold the pages and sell them too.
And maybe each person buys the chapters they're interested in.
You can't read it unless you buy it...they're sealed somehow like my small books.
But you can buy and collect the chapters.
Eventually maybe we get a collection of chapters that everybody thinks are winners.
This is great because, unlike the small handwritten books, which are absolutely one of a kind, these would be something that we can discuss because there would be as many copies as needed for everyone.
Eventually the best chapters could become a published book.
The other exciting support yesterday came from a person I consider to be a great promoter and creative mind.
This person helped me yesterday by placing the question of Sidney's second book into the forefront of my mind again.
My first novel about the girl called Sidney is selling as well or better than ever right now.
The distributor says they're almost out of the first printing.
I want book two to be considered for publication, but I haven't been able to make that happen.
I decided to let go of it.
The person yesterday thought it was worth taking another look at the manuscript and the situation.
I'm excited to be discussing book two again.
It's pretty good I think.
One person I trust and believe in has read it so far and that person said it's even better than book one.
So, we shall see, but maybe book two will still see the light of day.
Wouldn't that be great?
I have time and I'm going to use it wisely.
And this morning I have excitement because someone cared.
Someone cared about my artistic work and that makes me want to work harder and produce more.
I'm so excited and grateful.
May your day be merry and bright.
Here's my Paypal link if what I'm doing matters to you.
Any amount is an encouragement.