A dark night, a dangerous ride, and a brave girl and her pony. Can they make a difference?
Like a lovely shell found at the ocean, I came across this fascinating legend of Betsy Dowdy, a 16-year-old girl who braved a dark, cold night to warn the North Carolina militia that the redcoats were on the move. It was December 9, 1775 and the colonies of America were in an uproar because the people wanted freedom from tyranny. I saw this story as a way to introduce young readers/listeners to the American Revolution. Not only that, because the idea of "revolution" is so gigantic, I discovered that through this story it can be shown how one determined person can make a difference. I'm very proud of the recognition this work has received. Not only that, how amazing to have the very wonderful and talented Marjorie Priceman as the illustrator. Look at her vibrant use of color!
This story is another one discovered during travel. The lovely Country Inn, located in Berkely Springs, West Virginia has a large room with a grand piano in it. A howling thunderstorm outside kept me from touring any of the shops so I sat in this room and my mind began to wander. I stared at the piano and I began to imagine...and I came up with the story of a girl who discovers a sheet of music that is half of a duet. It's a lovey work and Candice, my girl, is enchanted. The odd thing is, she starts to dream about the music and in her dream she can hear the other side of the duet. Something isn't quite right, Candice knows this, what she doesn't know is that very soon she'll be in danger.
Poetry is something I find quite hard to do. There are so many rules! But this story came about because I came up with this--
And I was off! This tiny story tells of "Little Mouse" who leaves the nest for the first time alone to gather some grain for the whole family. Perhaps someday I'll find the right editor who will find the right illustrator or perhaps I'll illustrate it myself. We'll see.
Sometimes amazing things happen, like the award I won for this screenplay. Fisheye is a cautionary tale of a boy named Dylan who gets an offer he just can't refuse. It's tied into this marvelous game where what happens on screen begins to change the way things are in Dylan's life. Dylan should've read the contract all the way through. The devil really is in the details.
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