January 10th, 2021

Hey there! I bet you are wondering what in the world is going on. Well, I have recently found out that none of my blog updates were being sent to those of you who had subscribed to the website. My sincere apologies to you!!

As I mentioned in my very first post, I am doing all this web stuff on my own and there is a mighty steep learning curve! So, I finally figured out what the issue is. A setting was incorrect along with one other item and I believe I have it now. I have reposted the updates for October and December and January to catch you up.

To make it up to you, I am going to post one of the illustrations that Samantha has given me that will be in The Sneezing Toucan. I hope you like it as much as I do! The colors are just fantastic!

Keep drawing those toucans so I can post them on the Children’s Book page! Thanks again for your support and encouragement!

Till next time,

Jim

January 9th, 2021

Happy New Year! I guess I am about 8 days late but better late than never! I sincerely hope that the new year finds us all in a better place. I would love to hear from more of you and please tell your friends and family about the website and the upcoming publication of The Sneezing Toucan!

Last night we watched the final Jeopardy episode with Alex Trebek. Certainly seemed like the end of an era. Final Jeopardy is still available to be viewed on the example page. Several new poems were added over the last few weeks. Larry D was written for a Navy shipmate. His lovely wife commissioned the poem and I was certainly honored to write. Being a Navy veteran, I wait each college football season for the traditional Army-Navy game. Please read the The Land vs The Sea in tribute to this Fall classic. A number of years ago, I wrote The Eternal Salute and posted it to Facebook. I know many of you may have seen it there, but I felt it needed to be here and have placed it under the military section. The Empty Saddle was written in memory for the Reverend Paul Dupree. My sincere condolences to Miss Carole and their entire family.

It seems I have been writing a number of memorials lately and that certainly gives me pause. Life is short no matter how long you are here on earth. Whether you are here for a short time or a long time, it’s still too short. A high school friend of mine named Mark writes every Wednesday on Facebook, it’s Hump Day! I love his positive attitude and we should all be grateful for each day and make the most of it. Caring for others in word and thought and certainly in deeds, is what Mark tells us each week and I, for one, welcome the reminder.

Finally, The Sneezing Toucan is moving forward as Miss Samantha continues her work on the illustrations. So, please stay tuned and check out the toucan drawing submissions on the Children’s Book tab! If you like to draw, paint, doodle, then grab a pencil or pen or brush and get busy! Grab your children, grandchildren, aunts and uncles and anyone else you can think of and submit those toucan drawings!

Thanks to those who commissioned me this past month and I will look forward to more in the future. May 2021 be your best year! Be like Mark and lend a helping hand to those in need and make the most of each day. Remember, if you have a wedding, birth announcement or any other special occasion, I would be honored to write for you!

Till next time,

Jim

December 3rd, 2020

Hello Everyone! Well, this is blog number 3 and I hope it finds you happy and healthy. It certainly has been an interesting year to say the least. We all have covid stories and at times it certainly has been extremely stressful. How about trying to plan for a wedding and the groom and some bridesmaids end up with the virus mere weeks before the event!

I hope you had a chance to read Final Jeopardy on the example page. I have added several more this week. One is a wedding for Eric and Jessica and another is the birth announcement of Miss Emerson Tate Fitzgerald. Don’t miss High Flying which is an 80th birthday celebration! That poem was based on a story from Chicken Soup for the Soul, Age is Just a Number! I love writing these poems and I want to give a shout out to a special client of mine. She has encouraged me from the start and is anxiously waiting for her copy of The Sneezing Toucan. Thanks Bridgett Grisham (Luttenbacher) and Happy Birthday!

Two big pieces of news to share with you. I received my first request for a poem through the website and another commission through word of mouth! I am super excited and I can’t wait to share with all of you once the poem has been delivered. The second piece of news is that Samantha, my illustrator, has given me a great tutorial on how to draw a toucan! If you go to the Children’s Book page, you will find the file there and guess what? Rhymes4life wants to see how well your kids and grandkids can draw a toucan. So submit your pictures to rhymes4life@gmail.com and they will be loaded up to the website for all to enjoy! There is going to be a contest and some lucky boy or girl is going to receive an autographed copy of The Sneezing Toucan, hot off the press!

With Thanksgiving now in the rearview mirror and Christmas coming faster than a freight train, I wanted to take a moment and just give thanks. Thanks to my family, friends, coworkers past and present and so many others who are making this all possible. I am so glad you are on this ride with me through the publishing process and while we wait, I still have a chance to write these personalized poems. Thanks again and God bless.

Till next time,

Jim

November 9th, 2020

Hello Again! This is blog number 2. I don’t know how many blogs it takes until you become an official blogger, so I guess I will keep going and find out!

I cannot thank you enough for your overwhelming support of http://www.rhymes4life.com! Since the countdown and launch date, there have been almost a thousand views and visitors from Germany, Finland, Ireland, France, United Kingdom, Australia and China. Who knew? I even have a few followers now and I really appreciate that!

I wanted to update all of you on the progress of The Sneezing Toucan. Samantha Bell has started her drawing process and boy is it a process!  First, all the sketching has to be done and then once preliminary ones are approved, then it moves to the coloring process.  From there, as I understand it, she transfers those to a different paper and then a watercolor process.  Once that is complete, they are scanned and digitized and pending final approvals, will head to the publisher! Whew!  So, we have a timeline for the end of January to have the illustrations complete.  I have posted on the Children’s Book page a few more examples.  I am beyond excited and cannot wait to share the book with you!

I just finished writing a poem in memory of Alex Trebek.  If you are a friend of mine on FB then you may have already seen it.  The title is Final Jeopardy.  You can find it on the example page.  There have been well over a hundred downloads of the examples and I am waiting for my first request through the website.  So, if you have a special occasion that you would like a rhymes4life poem for, please let me know! 

I guess that’s it for blog number 2.  Please share my website with your friends and family and follow me and this blog to receive updates on the publishing process. 

Till next time,

Jim