Bunny Baron Mystery Reader

This past week, I was very happy to hear a heartwarming story about my own story, “Adventures of the Bunny Baron: Captain Barnacle’s Revenge.”  I wanted to share it because it is very cute and uplifting.

Cannon K.’s elementary school has “secret reader” readings throughout the year.  This is where someone surprises the class and reads a book to everyone.  Clues are given to the class every day leading up the the end of the week, trying to get the class to figure out who the secret reader will be.

The clues were all issued, and the class had it determined that it was Cannon’s Dad, however, he was supposed to be in Chicago for the day.  The time came, and it was Cannon’s dad!  He was so happy  and so surprised!  Mr K. brought in “Adventures of the Bunny Baron: Captain Barnacle’s Revenge” and read it aloud to the class.  It is one of Cannon’s favorite books and he was so happy to be able to share it with his class, and even better have his dad read it to everyone!  Bunny Baron SharedNot only did he treat everyone with the story, but Mr. K also brought in a healthy snack in honor of the pirate Captain Barnacle called “Pirates Booty.”

It is always a great treat for me to hear how well received my stories are and how people like to share them with others.  They are obviously intended to be liked, but it is great to be able to see them “in action.”  Thank you Cannon and Mr. K for sharing your great story with me.

 

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Moving into the Digital Age…

People have been asking, and I am pleased to announce that “Bunny Baron 2″ is on its way!  The story is already written; I may need to do some editing, but I think it will have a great positive message.  It is now time for me to do the illustrations.  This is something that took me quite a long time to do in the first book because I drew everything by hand, from the sketching to the coloring.  Coming into the second book, I wanted to make it bigger and better.  I also wanted to streamline the process so I can deliver a great quality story faster than I was able to before.

I decided that I am going to draw my illustrations for “Bunny Baron 2″ digitally.  I gathered up the tools I need with the guidance of a good friend.  corel painterI purchased a copy of Corel Painter X3 which will be my drawing platform.  Obviously, there will be a learning curve, but I know I can do it!  I also purchased a Wacom Intuos touch tablet. wakom TabletThis will be my “pen and paper.”  I am ready for the new “digital age,” and I am prepared to begin putting these new tools to use and create the Bunny Baron and all of his friends in a new digital perspective. I am so excited to begin this new digital experience.  I will keep everyone posted on the progression of “Bunny Baron 2″ and hopefully in the not too distant future, it will be finished!

 

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Pirates and Bunnies on iBooks

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Adventures of the Bunny Baron is now available on Apple’s iBooks Bookstore!  Experience the Bunny Baron and Captain Barnacle in digital form in an easy-to-read format on your iPad, iPod, or iPhone.  Vibrant colors and creative illustrations pop off the screen.  Enhanced with animated page-turns, Adventures of the Bunny Baron has never been more fun to read!

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Artist Rising

Along with his passion for writing, Kevin Willms also has a love for photography.  He likes to take pictures of beautiful sunsets, animals, stunning landscapes, and much more.  Kevin recently posted some of his favorite photos on Artist Rising.  Artist Rising is affiliated with art.com, allowing “rising artists” to showcase their paintings, photos, and other works of art.  Customers are able to purchase art and have it printed on photo paper or canvas, then have it mounted or framed.

Kevin is happy to be able to share his photos and art.  He hopes that whoever sees them gets immersed into the pictures and fall in love with them, just as he has.  To see all of Kevin’s Photos, visit his gallery at http://ar.art.com/shop/artist/70002/Kevin-Willms.htm     Or  click here

 

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Walt Disney’s Early Life: Up’s and Down’s

Watching Disney movies growing up, I never knew the story of how “Disney” all began.  I never knew the hard times that Walt Disney overcame before he became a huge worldwide success.  At Walt Disney World in Florida, there is an attraction called “Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream.”  It is a walk-through attraction with over 400 artifacts featuring animation art, paintings, storyboards, photos, models, props, costumes and set pieces.  At the end of the tour, there is a 15 minute film hosted by Julie Andrews.  It was here, that I truly felt inspired to continue Adventures of the Bunny Baron: Captain Barnacle’s Revenge.  At one point, I felt too busy and didn’t have faith in myself to make it happen.  After watching this video, seeing the hard times and great times that Walt Disney himself went through and overcame, I knew I could do it.  It gave me new hope, and reassurance that no matter what happens, I wanted to finish my book, and I wanted the world to be able to read it!

I found a Biography on Walt Disney online and decided to add it to this post.  It follows Walt’s highs and lows early on in his career, including many things that I saw in the “One Man’s Dream” video.

Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois.  He was one of five children, living in Marceline, Missouri.  His love for drawing started early, and as he got older, he began drawing, painting and selling pictures to neighbors and family friends.  In 1911, his family moved to Kansas City.

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A few years later Walt Disney moved again and took drawing and photography classes at McKinley High School in Chicago.  There, he was a cartoonist for the school paper. At night, he also took courses at the Chicago Art Institute. When Disney was 16, he dropped out of school to join the army but was rejected for being underage.  Instead, he joined the Red Cross and was sent to France for a year.

Disney returned from France in 1919 and moved back to Kansas City to pursue a career as a newspaper artist.  His brother Roy got him a job at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio.  He met cartoonist Ubbe Iwerks.  From there, Disney worked at the Kansas City Film Ad Company, where he made commercials based on cutout animation.  Disney began experimenting with a camera, doing hand-drawn cell animation, and decided to open his own animation business.  His first employee was Fred Harmon from the ad company. Continue reading

Adventures of the Bunny Baron is now for sale!

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I am pleased to announce that my first children’s story, Adventures of the Bunny Baron: Captain Barnacle’s Revenge, is now for sale!  It has been a long time, but I am very happy with how it turned out.  I hope for everyone who reads it or listens to someone read it to them gets great enjoyment out if it.

The Bunny Baron is meant to inspire people of all ages that no matter how young or old you are, you should always give everyone a fair chance.  In this story, the Bunny Baron has an opportunity to help Captain Barnacle even though he is a mean pirate.  It’s up to the captain to choose what kind of person he wants to be, and if he welcomes the Bunny Baron’s help.  I feel this teaches a great lesson for everyone young and old.  The Bunny Baron realizes that he is the master of his dreams.  With a little humor and imagination, a nightmare can become a funny dream which makes it a good book for bedtime.

I hope Adventures of the Bunny Baron: Captain Barnacle’s Revenge will touch everyone’s heart and will make them want to read it over an over again.

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Adventures of the Bunny Baron: Captain Barnacle’s Revenge

Adventures of the Bunny Baron: Captain Barnacle’s Revenge

“Adventures of the Bunny Baron: Captain Barnacle’s Revenge” is a whimsical story for children of all ages, made to teach them morals and the power of their own dreams.  Belvedere is not just any average stuffed animal.  Belvedere is a stuffed bunny rabbit who can’t wait for night time to come.  In his dreams, he becomes the Bunny Baron.  Relying on his values of respect, friendship, trust, and kindness, he sets out in search of people who are in need of his help.

In this dream, he encounters a pirate named Captain Barnacle.  He is a mean pirate, who falls in desperate need of the Bunny Baron’s help.  He may not be a nice person, but that doesn’t matter to the Bunny Baron.  The Bunny Baron is always willing to help anyone in trouble.  Captain Barnacle is challenged by the Bunny Baron to prove there is such a thing as a nice pirate.  The Bunny Baron discovers that his dreams can be changed, just by using his imagination.  Captain Barnacle is in for a surprise when the Bunny Baron takes control.

This story teaches not only children, but adults as well, that kindness, friendship, and respect are all values that everyone should carry with them.  Kindness can go a long way, and a friendship can last forever.

From the Bunny Baron, people can also learn that dreams can always be rewritten.  It is also a great book for bedtime.  The bunny Baron shows in a funny way that if you are having a nightmare, just think and imagine something funny.  All of the sudden, the nightmare can turn into a fun dream.  A fun dream is the key to a good night’s sleep and a great start to the day.

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A New Inspiration “A Honu World”

June 16, 2013 ended one of my greatest vacations ever.  Mandy and I were celebrating our 10 year anniversary.  While the whole trip was amazing, one part really stood out to me and was an experience I will always remember.

We signed up for a catamaran trip to Molokini.  Molokini  is a partially-submerged volcanic crater located off the coast of Maui.  The crater houses a beautiful reef with excellent visibility as deep as 150 feet.  While we didn’t dive that deep, we just snorkeled on the surface of the water and admired the beauty below.  There was coral coating the crater’s floor in colors of  every spectrum of the rainbow.   Molokini is home to about 250 species of fish, many which are only found in Hawaii.  The fish are at all depths.  If you want to see some up close, or if you only want to admire them from far away, Molokini offers it all.  As great as our Molokini snorkeling was, the best was yet to come.  Our next stop was at a place the locals call “Turtle Town.”

Turtle Town was a rocky area off the Maui coast.  It is said to be a turtle cleaning station.  The turtles come here and little black algae-eating fish eat the algae off of the turtles.  In the Hawaiian language, they call a green sea turtle a “honu.”  They guaranteed we would see some honu at Turtle Town.  After hearing about this, I was even more excited to see a green sea turtle.  The catamaran anchored and we were into the water again.  I’m not sure how deep the water was when we jumped off of the boat, but I’d assume it had to be 45′-60′ deep.  I looked down and I could see a turtle!  It was just hanging out in the sand.  After seeing that one turtle, I knew we would be in for good luck.  We swam out further and there was a guy from the boat floating on a surf board spotting out turtles, so we knew we were in the right place.  A few moments later, coming our way, was a green sea turtle!  It was a huge creature, and it was coming towards us.  Bigger and bigger it got as it swam closer and closer.  There was a moment of fear for just a moment because there was a huge creature coming right towards us, but the excitement and awe took over.  Green sea turtles are amazing and majestic.  The average weight of mature individuals is 150–420 lbs.  Seeing something that heavy, just floating along and swimming so gracefully is amazing to me.  Their heads are rounded, smooth, and have such innocent looking faces.  Their shells are all different shades of green, brown, and black.  The pattern on their paddle-like fins reminded me of the pattern on a giraffe.  The turtle made a turn and swam under a rocky ledge below us.  I wanted to see more so we waited of it to come back out.  All of the sudden, another one was headed for us!  It gracefully swam right beneath us and continued on it’s way.  We were able to see one more turtle here before we reluctantly had to get back on the catamaran.  It was a great experience, swimming with one of nature’s most beautiful creatures.  When we got back to shore, we stopped at a marine gift shop.  Still in awe at the opportunity we just had, we had to get something special to remember it.  There was a big picture of a baby green sea turtle.  This is what I wanted and was lucky enough to find a smaller version of it.  This picture and the snorkel trip gave me new inspiration for another story.  Another children’s story about a baby honu.  When I am finished making the final touches on the Adventures of the Bunny Baron book, I will begin this story, and I will always remember the amazing time we had while snorkeling off the coast of Maui.

“Baby Honu”  My new Inspiration.

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Diving into the World of Self-Publishing

Adventures of the Bunny Baron had been a long time dream of mine.  It is a concept I came up with years ago when I was working at US Cellular.  It was a children’s story about a stuffed bunny rabbit who has dreams at night.  He dreams that he is the Bunny Baron and searches for people who need his help.  The Bunny Baron has many values, and tries to treat everyone with respect.  When he realizes that his dreams can be manipulated by his own imagination, he can accomplish any feat.

In my spare time, I came up with the whole story and began to draw pictures.  When I had a final product, I made it into a small booklet and gave it to my wife for Valentine’s Day.  She thought it was great!  She stressed to me that it was really good, and I can’t just stop.  She thought it could be something big.  It is always great to hear positive reinforcement and to have someone there to nudge you in the direction you were sometimes unsure about.

After typing up a final manuscript, I did a lot of research on different publishers and focused on the places which would be most geared toward my type of children’s story.  I was ready to send it out to some real publishers.  I found out first hand at how difficult it really was.  Every manuscript I had sent out came back with a rejection letter, or nothing at all.  It’s kind of like running right into a brick wall.  I was back at square one and not sure what to do.  Again, Mandy, my wife, wouldn’t let me get discouraged.  So, I did more research, tweaked my manuscript some more, and sent out another stack in the mail.   These packages had the exact fate as the others…rejected.  I decided to table the Bunny Baron for another day. Continue reading