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Imperfect Action

Today was a massive FIRST for me and the My Color Friends Series! I dropped off 8 MCF sample books at a national NZ early childhood education company.

 I watched her face as she opened Graceful Grey, and she seemed pleasantly surprised.  She had slight smile while she was looking at the pictures, trying to quickly read the text.

Still letting it sink in.  It’s an amazing opportunity.

This past month I have been selling a NZ special edition of Graceful Grey to fundraise for a new building for our friends at the Hope and Joy Children’s Home in Nepal. We have had great responses! And we have about $500 USD to give towards their new building project! We will do another fundraiser in Oct and we hope to double our giving amount! Graceful Grey is doing her part and I am doing mine.

All printed book sales through us, the profit will go straight to the Hope and Joy Children’s Home! 

Hope and Joy Children's Home in Nepal

At our first fundraiser, a friend approached me and said she loved the idea of the books, she loved the look of the books and she asked if she could pass it along to her early childhood education boss. Her boss was open to the idea and today I briefly popped in and handed her a bundle of books. I was unprepared when she asked for a flier, but I got her email address and promised her one in the morning.

I have been learning about IMPERFECT ACTION–just do something, take action, move forward. I don’t necessarily need to wait til it’s perfect or “right”. Today was a good example, I took action. I fell my books still have a long way to go before the are ready to be marketed mainstream in NZ or anywhere! But I swallowed and called the boss once, texted twice and charged in when I got a 5 minute meeting.

When I met her, I asked what she knew about the books, and she said, “Oh that a friend had made a book with some travel pictures, is that right?”

I rambled through living in Nepal and then handed her a book. I watched her face as she opened Graceful Grey, and she seemed pleasantly surprised.  She had slight smile while she was looking at the pictures, trying to quickly read the text. Her smile encouraged me, and I continued babbling about something…I left 8 books in her hand, promised a flier tomorrow and got her business card with her email address.

She is going to offer them to her educators and put in an order.

I am blown away by this opportunity!  And I hope and pray that it can make a real difference for our friends in Nepal!  This is also a small (or maybe large!) launch of the MCF books in NZ.  Wow.

I am thankful. 

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Graceful Grey Soon on Amazon.com

With a bit of good fortune, Graceful Grey will be available on Amazon.com when America wakes up on Saturday morning!

My supportive husband gets the credit for taking the 3 rascals this morning and answering my, “Honey, does my description sound good?” interruptions.

The boys are asleep, my daughter is mixing all the Barbie movie soundtracks while she does a puzzle, and I can relax knowing that I’m done with all the uploads!

I like elephants. They are my mom’s favorites. My toddler screams in delight every time he sees one, and we are blessed to see them LIVE about once a year.

What a great way to summarize our 4 years in Nepal with a children’s ebook about Asian elephants in Chitwan, Nepal.

Time for some celebration chocolate!

Graceful Grey in Chitwan, Nepal

Graceful Grey in Chitwan, Nepal

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Random Book Sales Makes My Heart Happy

Random Book Sales Makes My Heart Happy

In so many ways.

Recently on Amazon and CreateSpace, random sales on my book, On Safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia: My Color Friends: Book 5 had made me extremely happy!  This is my needle in a haystack that is actually being found. Random, I know.

Life’s too busy to promo, honestly, so all I have on my side is random google and Amazon searches.  I self-published wishing and praying that some one out there in the world wide web would stumble upon me and buy my book.  I think I was only half aware of the size of the haystack at the time, but nonetheless, I trusted in randomness.

Now, the creation of On Safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia…is divinely inspired.  It doesn’t fit the others in the series (whoops!), it is RANDOM.  But I felt I had to write it.  I was compelled and pushed to write and do it quickly…and as it turns out, it more sellable than the others.  I hoped and wished it would be, since it is based on 1 specific location, a quite famous location that actually attracts a bit of interest!  

Etosha National Park is an amazing place!  And we were so blessed to be able to go there when we were kid free  : ).  No crazy amounts of luggage or snacks, just us, the quiet, nature and our camera. (Sometimes I do miss those days, the quiet!). 

Anyway, I don’t stalk my sales, because I haven’t the time (and have mostly given up), but the other day when I popped onto CreateSpace, there was a dollar amount in my homepage.  Blown away I ran to my husband and said something along the lines “Someone from outside my family actually bought the book–more than 1!”  He had to see the proof, but when he did, two hearts were happy.

I hope the randomness continues : )

 

Chitwan Elephant Festival, Nepal

Happy New Year!

There are some perks living in Asia, and being close to elephants is definitely one of them! This was our third annual  visit to the Chitwan Elephant Festival in Chitwan, Nepal.  It was an amazing up close and personal fun time with elephants.

The Elephant Festival begins the day after Christmas every year. Click here for more details: Chitwan Elephant Festival

Day 1:

First, we were greeted by an elephant parade:

Then we went to the fair grounds and watched the elephant’s soccer match and races.  We had VIP seating in the middle of the action, all for $2 a seat, can’t beat that!

Day 2: How do you stop a charging elephant?

We awoke to the early morning mist, had a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, then went to the Elephant Breeding Center! They have had 3 babies born this year alone and the place was full of all the two years (the same who were playing soccer). We were told that most of the adults were out in the jungle searching for poachers. Every elephant has it’s job.

Unfortunately no one told us just how naughty the baby elephants could be! There were two open areas in the fence and we were casually going in and out to pet the little beasts. The momma’s are chained to a post, so we felt safe.  But when one little cheeky elephant wanted to play with our toddler in his umbrella stroller, he fully came around the fence and charged our son–both my husband and I promptly stepped in between our son and the elephant, leaving us stuck in the middle.  Baby elephants are big and strong!  A Nepali guide came to our rescue and helped us pull our kids to safety while another trainer came over and shooed the elephant back behind the fence, the completely incompetent fence!

Just a little excitement to get our blood going first thing in the morning!

Then we decided to drive ourselves through the jungle–that was fun! We paid for a permit of course and headed out to 20,000 Lakes.  We saw:

We enjoyed our jaunt through the jungle at our own pace!  We kept driving to the next town, had lunch and did some exploring.  We came home in time to watch the sun set over the Rapiti River. Beautiful!

Day 3:

We had along sleep in, enjoyed our gorgeous BB, went shopping and let the kids run wild in KC Restaurant’s garden (our new favorite place to hang out!).

With hammock, swing and lots of room to run, KC’s Restaurant is the most kid friendly place we have found!  Check it out: KC’s

Then we picked up a friend and headed home, 1 hour and half to Hetuada. Since it was Saturday, there was barely any traffic so we just cruised.  Most of us fell asleep on the way home.

Another beautiful holiday in Chitwan National Park.  More pictures for future educational children’s books. 

A family fun holiday that I would encourage you to attend next time you’re in Nepal around Christmas! : )

Read all about the Elephant Festival and learn about Asian elephants in Graceful Grey, Asian Elephants at Work and Play by S. L. Poulton! Now available for Nook, iBooks and more! Click here for Graceful Grey on Kindle!

Graceful Grey Elephants at Work and Play in Chitwan Nepal ebook for Kids!

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Elephant Festival in Chitwan, Nepal

Our third annual family adventure with baby elephants in Nepal! It was so much fun!

Read all about the Elephant Festival and learn about Asian elephants in Graceful Grey, Asian Elephants at Work and Play by S. L. Poulton! Now available for Nook, iBooks and more! Click here for Graceful Grey on Kindle!

Graceful Grey Elephants at Work and Play in Chitwan Nepal ebook for Kids!

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Free: My Color Friends Book Series: Book 4

Free: My Color Friends Book Series: Book 4

Free Ebook: My Friend, Mr. Brown By S. L. Poulton, because we are celebrating it’s first print edition! Fun for the whole family! 

Please share with your family and friends!

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Orange You Glad Kindle Edition on Amazon.com

Orange You Glad Kindle Edition on Amazon.com

It’s here! 

Happiness : )

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