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1. Peep in the Deep App

A draft for the start page of Peep in the Deep Counting Book app. To be released some time soon!

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2. Illustration Friday — Shy

Could a badger be shy?

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3. Stability Ball Exercises: Back Extensions

I've got a history of lower back problems and just discovered this exercise. It's a work in progress but it might be the best thing I've done for my lower back in over ten years. Of course, I might end up throwing my back out by not doing it properly but if I get it right, it looks like a great way to strengthen my lower back and reduce future mishaps.


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4. Special Columbus Day Promotion: Free Kindle Days for “Reckless Rudy and the Green Vase”

Announcing a special promotion for Reckless Rudy and the Green Vase: On Columbus Day and the day after (October 8-9), Reckless Rudy and the Green Vase will be available as a free Kindle download from Amazon through the KDP Select Program. If you have a Kindle, here’s your chance to try out Reckless Rudy as a Holiday gift, or to add the book to your collection of Kindle eBooks absolutely free. Mark your calendar! Reckless Rudy makes a wonderful gift for any early reader of easy reading chapter books.

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5. From Picture Book to Chapter Book

So anyway, I published a picture book back in 2010. It was about a young, mischievous boy named Rudy, who wasn't very kind to his little brother and sister. He met up with a creature named Cirrus, and in short, experienced a new perspective on his relationship with his siblings. Well, I've taken that story and adapted it to an early readers chapter book entitled, Reckless Rudy and the Green Vase. Much of the story is the same, but many elements have changed due to the free-flowing chapter book format. If you're interested it's available in Kindle and Print format.

Description: He kicks toys about. He knocks lamps over. He forgets to do his homework. But it doesn’t stop there. He also steals food from his little sister. He makes his little brother do his chores. He doesn’t care one way or the other what anyone thinks. He’ll step on your toes if you get in his way. He’s just reckless, and he gets away with all of it. When his mom brings home a beautiful, old green vase to keep for their aunt, Rudy just can't keep his hands off the priceless antique. He will soon step into a weird and wacky, afternoon adventure of chases and flight. Ages 5-8.

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6. New Children's Picture Book App is Available

My Animal Alphabet Book An A to Z Walk in the Park is now a Picture Book App and is available at Google Play and soon at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

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7. Illustration Friday — Capable

Capable swimmers they are!

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8. Illustration Friday — Fluid

  
Something I did a while ago but thought it fit this weeks theme.

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9. Illustration Friday — Popularity

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10. Illustration Friday — Suspense

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11. Illustration Friday—Forward


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12. Updated Activities Page @ Clarence-Henry Books

Clarence-Henry Books has updated it's kid's activity page which includes puzzles, coloring pages, word searches and more. Stop by and check out the all new activities featuring Peep in the Deep - Sea Creature Counting Book along with other recent children's books.

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13. Rudy and Cirrus App — Download Free!

It's Up and Ready! Rudy and Cirrus of Karma App: Free Download @ Android Market

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14. Illustration Friday—Prepare

These creatures prepare to be counted in my counting book Peep in the Deep!

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15. Illustration Friday—Messenger

Someone has to deliver the news. Why not all? (from my new book Peep in the Deep).

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16. Creating a Picture Book Reader App


So I'm learning how to make a reader app out of my picture book, Rudy and Cirrus of Karma that will feature read to me capability for Android tablet devices. So far so good. I'm using the Corona SDK as my coding platform and Kwik (plug-in) for Photoshop as my app creation tool. The most challenging part has been trying to fit the 8 x 10 layout within the 1024 x 600 dimensions. Using Kwik has been pretty straight forward with a few minor bumps along the way. I know very little about Lua coding and for someone like me who likes to work in graphics programs, Kwik has been a lifesaver. For the audio I've been using Adobe Audition via Line 6 and Gearbox and I can save time selected bits of tracks into mp3 files. I just need to find a way to compress or export the mp3s so they aren't space hogs. For now, I'm gong to keep experimenting and see what else I might discover in this process.


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17. Illustration Friday—Fuel

Dreams for Fuel

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18. Illustration Friday — Boundaries

No boundaries but the sea.

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19. Illustration Friday – Beneath

Beneath the bridge buzzed an array of wildlife.

This is taken from my alphabet book An A to Z Walk in the Park.

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20. Illustration Friday – Deja-vu

Rudy is in a hole again but this recurrence is slightly different. From my book "Rudy and Cirrus of Karma."

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21. Illustration Friday – Chicken

I'm not quite sure what this means but it has something to do with a green chicken crossing the road in a dense fog.

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22. Illustration Friday – Dusty

After a long dusty journey, they finally reached the beach.

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23. Illustration Friday – Layer

How come that cat mocks me?

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24. Illustration Friday – Safari

Some kind of safari perhaps but not the Serengeti.

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25. Alex Races at the Ray Miller Soap Box Derby 2011












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