Last night Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Bullying won an award for the Best Children’s Book of 2013. I can’t tell you how happy this made me feel. When I first found out I was nominated with so many wonderful books out there I didn’t think my book stood a chance. When I saw my name announced a feeling of such accomplishment came over me. I wrote this story to help young children understand how much bullying hurts. It was my hope that my loveable characters would help. I wanted to take a moment to thank all my amazing fans out there who believed in my book and in me. There are times I wonder if I should continue writing. Last night convinced me that I definitely should. I may never make a NY Times Best Seller list, but if I can help a child it is more than worth it. Thank you from the bottom of heart.
You would think that now that it is over things would quiet down? Actually, it is the exact opposite. The nastiness continues and everyday it seems to be worse than the day before.
Some will say this is America we have a right to our opinion and freedom of speech. Absolutely, I couldn’t agree with that more! Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but does that mean they should take these opinions and post them for the world to see and we won’t call it bullying?
I also know about criticism. As an author I know this one very well. Not everyone will like our work and someday someone may write a review saying so. Again, they have a right to their opinion. They don’t have to like what we do, but that also doesn’t give people the right to rip apart someone else’s hard work and dreams. There is a way to say things without being cruel and hurtful.
Having an opinion, “I really liked her/him, but my favorite was really_____” “I didn’t like the way he/she sings.” “I don’t like country music.” These are opinions, and not nasty.
When words like four eyes, freak, nerd, fat, pig and much more are said, I am trying to keep this PG here, are we saying we shouldn’t get in trouble? Should our Children be allowed to walk into school and call another child any of these words and it will be okay?
If what is happening on that wall is acceptable and continues what does this say? Then no child should ever get in trouble for saying anything like this, right? Why should a child be punished but grown-ups can continue to pick apart a 16 year old child and that it is okay?
I often wonder if I am the only one who is so deeply upset by what I am seeing. Why do adults specifically go to a post with a picture of not their favorite artist only to post rude nasty remarks?
If I avoid the wall and do nothing then aren’t I just as guilty? It would be as if I was watching a child get bullied, but turned my back on them and walked away.
Is this the type of world we want? Do we want our children growing up with no morals of right and wrong? Opinions are not opinions anymore, they are hateful bullying that everyone seems to overlook. Why are people so filled with hate toward people they don’t even know, living their own dreams? They are all so extremely talented and deserve respect!
Please help me fight this battle my friends. Message me on my Facebook page. I know we can’t win the Battle, but we can try to make a little difference in the kindness of the world our children are growing up in.
This will seem a little out of place, but for weeks I have sat back and watched what has been transpiring on the show The Voice’s Facebook page and the artist’s pages.
I am a children’s author who most recently published a book on bullying. Why did I choose bullying? In recent years bullying has been progressively getting worse and has become a nationwide epidemic for many of our children.
I have been faithfully watching The Voice since season 3. I have a deep passionate love of music of all kinds and came across this show. After one show, I was hooked! I couldn’t wait each week to watch the auditions, battle rounds and hear each artist strive to be the best they could be.
Each of these artists is talented and each one is a human being with feelings. In the recent weeks of following the page on Facebook it has become very disturbing. There isn’t a post without nastiness or in my eyes bullying! These are grown-ups bashing the artists. Why? We wonder why our children are bullied or bully other children. All one has to do is look at this wall and you will see why.
I have my favorites just like everyone else, but I would never bash another person’s favorite. We are Americans, we are individuals with individual likes and dislikes. Does this make it wrong for a person to not like what we do?
When I went on Danielle Bradbery’s wall, a 16 year old young girl and saw nasty, rude comments, I felt it was time to say something. This young girl is striving to do her best, as is every other artist in this competition. America votes and chooses who goes on. This requires voting on Facebook, calling to vote, texting your vote or buying their song. This young girl has made it to the top 10 in Country every single week! She by no means deserves any negative comments, nor does any other artist on this show.
You can have your favorites, stay on their walls, support them, vote for them and listen to their music. On The Voice page, if you don’t like an artist or their picture, find your artist and talk to their fans. Why does America feel the need to bully these people who are following their dreams? These artists are reading these walls. Their families and friends are seeing these nasty rude remarks posted every single day. It is time to stop this nonsense and grow-up and be the respectful adult people that we all should be striving to be. Everything we say and everything we do is seen. Please America it is time to wake up, all our children are watching!
Update – Since posting this article, the support has been overwhelming!
Danielle Bradbery shared this article on her Facebook page and posted the following:
“Let’s have fun and no need to bash. I can honestly say that the contestants have nothing but love and respect for one another. We are a family here and cheer for one another. And we hurt when someone leaves the show. Please be supportive of your favorite artist and respect the rest of us. Thank you.”
Since her post, I have noticed a drastic change in remarks posted. To read all the comments please go to her Facebook Page. Thank you Danielle for sharing and thank you everyone for your wonderful supportive comments.
Thank you for stopping by for the final story in the Lil’ Anchor’s Sleigh Ride Event.
Danny and Griffin looked out the window and couldn’t believe their eyes. This was one time the weather man knew what he was talking about. Everywhere they looked there were trees down, wires were on the ground and there were even houses that were gone. “How could this be?” asked Danny. “I have never seen anything like this except on the news,” said Griffin. Waffles and Pancakes were sitting huddled, very scared and cold. The lights were out everywhere, the house was very cold and people were standing outside in amazement at what they were seeing. Hurricane Sandy had just swept the area and life as they knew it had completely changed overnight. They couldn’t watch the news since they had no power and it was days before they would really know how bad it was. Schools were closed indefinitely and many schools were completely destroyed. “We have to find a way to help people,” said Danny. “Let’s put on some old clothes and find some people who could use a hand cleaning out their houses,” said Griffin. They talked to Tom who said his basement had four feet of water in it. The boys went and helped clean out their friend’s house. Then they found others who needed some help. As time went on, schools would reopen and life would start to get back to normal.
“Christmas is coming,” said Danny. “What will happen to all these people who have lost their trees, decorations and have no money now for Christmas?” said Griffin. “I think we need to do something.” Waffles and Pancakes overheard the conversation. “I know Danny and Griffin will find a way to help people,” said Waffles. “Yes, together we can maybe help some families still have a nice Christmas,” said Pancakes. The boys called all their friends and started taking donations. The school gave them a room to collect it all and gave them a list of families they knew that could use some Christmas spirit.
Danny and Griffin donated their allowances, went to stores and even found some willing to donate some supplies. Then they set out to deliver their surprises to some people who were in need of something good. When asked why they did this, the boys both said that they had realized a long time ago that it wasn’t what they had, but more important, that they were loved.
It was Christmas Eve and the boys were so happy that they were able to put smiles on so many people’s faces. Waffles and Pancakes were sitting watching the lights on Danny’s tree. The boys had told Santa that this year they didn’t want anything. They wanted anything they would have gotten to be given to other children who now had nothing. When Santa heard this he knew that the boys deserved something special for all the good they had done.
Since the boys were best friends, their parents let Griffin sleep over at Danny’s for the night. Danny, Griffin, Waffles and Pancakes were just about settled in for the night when all of a sudden…………..this huge light filled the room. “What on earth is that?” said Danny. “I don’t know!” said Griffin. Waffles and Pancakes quickly hid under the bed. “You have nothing to be afraid of,” a sweet voice said to them. Everyone looked up and there, outside Danny’s window, was a beautiful magical sleigh. When they looked closer they could see their friends from Halloween already sitting inside it. “Are we dreaming again?” said Danny. “We didn’t eat a lot of candy again, did we?” said Griffin. “We only had hot chocolate, candy canes and sugar cookies,” said Danny. Waffles and Pancakes crawled out from under the bed. The four of them climbed into the sleigh and were off.
When they got on the sleigh they saw all their friends, “Hi Savannah, Brooke, Alexis, Syvok and James!” “What a nice surprise to see you all again,” said Danny. “We didn’t think we would ever see you again,” said Griffin. There were also some new friends on the sleigh; Matt, Alex, and Bethany. In an instant they were off and on their way. They didn’t know what was happening or where they were headed, but they knew that they were safe. It seemed like only minutes had passed when they saw in the distance the most beautiful sight they have all ever seen! It was like a giant rainbow. Once the sleigh landed they were greeted by tons of elves, Elle leading the way for them. They were taken into a special room which was filled with so many toys and games they all just stared in amazement. Wonderful Christmas music started playing, everyone got up and started dancing; a Santa flash mob was happening. Then, just when they thought it couldn’t get any better, Santa Claus arrived!
“Each of you are the special chosen ones this year for your selfless acts of kindness,” said Santa. “I have been watching you all this year and I have never been happier than I am right now tonight,” exclaimed Santa. “Is this really happening?” asked Danny. “I certainly hope so,” said Griffin. Waffles and Pancakes were dancing around and Santa even gave them special hats to wear. “I heard that you have decided to donate all your toys this year because you have learned the true meaning of what Christmas is all about,” said Santa. “I think that you all deserve something for your selfless acts,” said Santa. A bunch of elves came running and handed each of them a special golden heart. “What you each have in your hands is a golden heart,” said Santa. “It is magical, so whenever you need a big wish all you have to do is hold it in your hands and pray,” said Santa. “You can’t use it all the time, but when it is really needed your wish will come true,” said Santa. All the children stared at their beautiful sparkly golden hearts. It was like nothing they had ever seen before. “Now I want you all to close your eyes and make a wish,” said Santa.
Next thing they know it’s Christmas morning. Danny and Griffin open their eyes and look out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. “I had the most amazing dream last night,” said Danny. “Me too,” said Griffin. Waffles and Pancakes climbed out of their little beds and noticed they were wearing Santa hats. “Hey, where did they get the hats?” said Danny. “I thought we were dreaming?” said Griffin. They went over to the window and there were the two golden hearts. “How can that be?” said Danny. Danny’s mom and dad called the boys down to see the tree and have breakfast. The boys grabbed their golden hearts, picked up Waffles and Pancakes and ran downstairs. Under the tree were presents for them all. “We told Santa we didn’t need anything this year,” said Danny. “Well I guess Santa decided you needed a couple of special things this year,” said Danny’s mom. The boys glanced down at their special golden hearts and whispered softly “thank you Santa, we have all that we will ever need in life, we have our family who loves us!” “That is what Christmas is all about,” said Waffles and Pancakes.
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Danny and Griffin decided to take Waffles and Pancakes to the circus today. Waffles and Pancakes had never been to one before so Danny and Griffin were so excited to show them all the fun things they could do together. Waffles and Pancakes were so fascinated by all the excitement, they saw so many animals that they had never seen before.
As they were leaving the tent they saw these three little girls go through a special door, and then they saw a young boy go in too. “What could be behind that door?” asked Danny. “I don’t know but since everyone else is going why don’t we go also?” said Griffin. Waffles and Pancakes were excited, what could be behind that special door?
They had seen so many fun things and great shows already. As Danny opened the door, all of them just stared at the beautiful carousel that was right in front of them. They saw the little girls and boy who had gone in before them, and what was that they saw? Could it really be? Dancing bears also? The boys and Waffles and Pancakes kept rubbing their eyes. They couldn’t possibly be seeing a blue dragon and fairy also could they?
Then all of a sudden (POOF) this beautiful fairy godmother was standing in front of them. The boys and hamsters thought they must be dreaming, this really couldn’t be happening could it? The fairy godmother told them that she would give them one wish. The boys and Waffles and Pancakes talked it over and said, “We want to ride on the beautiful carousel with the three little girls, the boy, the fairy and the blue dragon.”
The fairy godmother waved her magic wand and everyone was on the carousel. It started really slow, the horses going up and down, then she made it go really fast! Everyone was laughing and having fun. Then as quickly as it started, it stopped. Danny and Griffin opened their eyes and found that they were exactly where they were before, outside the door. They were very confused, as were Waffles and Pancakes. “What just happened?” asked Griffin. “I don’t know” said Danny, Waffles and Pancakes just shook their heads.
Danny walked forward and opened the door, inside was all storage equipment for the circus and the room was really dark. There was no carousel, there were no little girls and boy that they saw go in there. They looked around and saw the three little girls sitting watching the show under the big tent and across from them was the boy. “Wow” said Danny, “I think we had too much candy today.” “Maybe candy does make you hyper like my mom always tells me” said Griffin. As they started to walk away to leave, the three little girls and the boy waved to them with a huge smile on their face. Did it really happen? Why would they wave to them? Waffles and Pancakes waved to the three bears, the fairy and the blue dragon. Sometimes dreams do come true.
My new book Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Bullying was just recently released, book two in my series. Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Bullying was written with the younger reader in mind. There are numerous books for middle school and high school about bullying, but there were not many for grade school. My hope with my new book is to make a difference and to help bring awareness to this ever growing issue.
In reaching out to organizations who work hard to educate and help prevent bullying, a truly fabulous organization called “No Such Thing as a Bully” has decided to sponsor my new book. No Such Thing as a Bully® provides new language and new perceptions, promoting the idea that there are no true bullies, but rather, individuals exhibiting bullying behaviors – using bully actions. All children and many adults need to be provided the privilege of learning strong communication and life skills. You can read all about this organization at https://www.facebook.com/Nosuchthingasabully or http://nosuchthingasabully.com. I hope you will stop by one of their facebook page, or website and help support the hard work they are doing.
Many more exciting things are in the works for Waffles and Pancakes, including a book three. I hope you consider picking up your copy of Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Bullying today. Book one Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Friendship is also still available. You will find the both books on my Facebook page, where you can order signed copies or you can find them both on Amazon.com.
Thank you to Anchor Group Publishing for publishing my second book. Anchor Group Publishing has made publishing my book the absolute best experience it could be. I am so happy to have found them and grateful that they believed in my book as much as I do.
I also want to thank Jim Brenneman for the amazing illustrations that you will find in Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Bullying. I truly can’t wait to work together with him on book three.
Thank you Crystal Bozeman Clifton for my new amazing banner!
Today we welcome Author Jaimie Hope as part of her Baby Jaimie Has A Crush Tour.
Author Jaimie Hope recently collected questions from her followers on Facebook. They were permitted to ask anything that popped into their heads, with one stipulation. They’d have to follow the tour to read the blog post that contained the answers. This post contains the answers.
Through the years I have been asked a variety of questions, some of them even pertained to writing. A lot of questions I have already answered repeatedly in other blogs, so I was stumped as to what questions were still left unanswered. That’s when I turned to my followers. I asked them what questions they would most like to see answered. This is what they came up with. Thank you to all who asked a question.
Have you published all with the same house? If not, what what were the perks& quirks of the different houses.
No, so far I have used three different companies to publish my books. Each had there own perks and drawbacks. Still, I have 8 books that are beautifully published. In my own opinion anyway.
My first book, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie was published by AuthorHouse. I paid to have this book published and one might think that if you’re paying for a service a lot of the hands on work would be handled by someone else, but they’d be wrong. Not only was I responsible for writing the book, but I had to format it and write the back blurb. I also wound up having to rescan the illustrations after I went through the process of hiring an illustrator, coming up with an illustration list and approving the illustrations. I also wound up reformatting the whole book after I had to re-scan. This was my first time publishing, I knew nothing about dpi or formatting. It took a while to come up with a finished product, but once I held the finished product in my hand it was all worth it.
Two of my novels, Who Says You Can’t Go Home, Bless the Broken Road were published by PublishAmerica. I also published my Autobiography, Roll With It through them. The best part about them is on the surface it was free to publish with them. All the extras, like promotions, you have to pay for and with most of them there is no way to prove whether or not they upheld their end of the deal.
Three out of the four Adventures of Baby Jaimie books and my first Paranormal YA were published using CreateSpace. They have an option to pay for someone else to do the formatting, but I always choose the Do It Yourself option. The interior is never a problem, but the cover dimensions always takes me a while to get right. They do have a cover creator, but it’s limited.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give someone publishing for the first time? The third time? The fifth time?
Do you research before you sign anything. There are a lot of new publishing companies popping up almost daily. I’m not saying they’re all bad, but you do have to watch out for scams. Check out the company online. Check with the Better Business Bureau and Editors and Predators. If you come up empty after checking out those sites do a Google search with the company’s name and the words complaints and scams next to it.
Where do you write-describe your studio.
My studio basically consists of my laptop or notebook and pen. I write wherever and whenever the mood strikes. Most the time I am in my bedroom when this happens.
Whats the oddest, or most rewarding thing that has ever happened at a book signing or author visit?
I can’t really recall anything odd ever happening at an event, but I have had plenty of rewarding moments. The event I had in January 2009 sticks out most in my mind. It was special for so many different reasons.
I published Who Says You Can’t Go Home? in July 2008. I was supposed to have an event in the fall, but I wound up having to bail on it when I got sick. I had an infected abscess on my left hip. I was ready to quit on my career at that point. I thought there was no way I could recover my career after bailing on an important event at a big chair bookstore, but I was wrong.
While I was going through the healing process I met a man, who was also a patient at the outpatient wound care center in the hospital. Turned out his wife worked in a college bookstore and he would go home and talk about me after our appointments. One day he gave me a card and told me to call because the store was interested in setting up an event for me. This was December and I was healing nicely, so I went ahead and made the arrangements only to find out there was a setback in my healing the very day I finalized the date for the event, which was the last day in January.
I spent weeks praying I’d heal. I wound up having to get a Picc Line installed in my arm in early January, which wasn’t easy for me. I also had a Wound Vac for the second time. I hated them both, but I was so desperate to get well by my event I endured. Turned out it was for naught. I didn’t heal in time, but I decided to keep my plans for the event anyway.
That morning everything that could go wrong did. It snowed the night before and it was bitterly cold. The event got relocated, which I didn’t know about until I was en route. When I got there nobody knew who I was or why I was there. I was beginning to think the best part of the day was going to be getting to take the Wound Vac off for a little while.
Eventually, I got where I needed to go and my reading went off without another hitch. I even forgot I had a Picc Line in my arm and demonstrated how I can do a wheelie. I remembered it pretty quickly when I was in the wheelie, but by then there was nothing I could do except go with the flow. It was a pretty cool morning. The coolest part however, came as I was leaving. The bookstore manager came up to me with a little girl in tow. The little girl wanted to meet me, but she was shy. I thought that was sweet and a very rewarding moment and morning for me.
If you could have dinner with one author, who would it be?
That’s a tough question to answer because I admire so many authors, but if I had to choose just one I would have to say Dr. Seuss. I think it would be a fun dinner and I’ve always wonder what green eggs and ham would taste like.
What makes you smile?
My readers and followers make me smile daily. I know all authors say their fans are the greatest, but mine really are. I don’t even think of them as fans, but as friends. They check in with me daily and even if I’m having a bad day I always smile when I see a message from one of them.
Do you have any pets?
Does a pet rock count? That was my first pet and I still have it. I’ve also had dogs, fish, hamsters, and a turtle through the years.
You can purchase the book here and be sure to check out the many other books by this author!
There is a Waffles and Pancakes Giveaway Happening Right Now on my Facebook page. I will be giving away a Waffles and Pancakes License Plate Cover, a Signed copy of the book and a Signed coloring book.
Waffles and Pancakes is a story about two hamsters who were bought from the pet store on the very same day. But their owners, Danny and Griffin, don’t treat them the same way. Pancakes has a lovely new home to play around in with wheels and tunnels. Waffles only has a small box. But when Waffles and Pancakes meet up again, they realize that there are more important things than material possessions.
I just want to thank everyone for all the love and support you have shown me since my book was released. Due to its unexpected popularity finding it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble is difficult right now. I will continue to have giveaways on my author page on Facebook and as a special thank you I am giving away two books on Goodreads.
Thank you for loving my book as much as I do and don’t forget to enter to win your copy today.
Thank you, Cindy for allowing me this time and space on your blog. My name is Jaimie Hope, and I am an author. I write in a few different genres, but I consider myself to be a Children’s book author first and foremost.
My first published book was a children’s picture book. The Adventures of Baby Jaimie was published in 2006. Since that time I have written two other books in the series. As of last night, January 8, 2012, I am proud to say all the books in my series are also available in E-book format as well as paperback. Who would have thought we’d be reading electronic novels and children’s books? Certainly not I.
Admittedly I have been slow to catch on to this new digital era of the electronic book. That’s obvious to anyone who pays attention to publishing dates. My third children’s book, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Gets Stage Fright was the first book I’d published that went straight to E-book format. My original, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie came second. The second in the series, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Goes to School was the third.
I had no control over when the first one was released because it was at my publisher’s Author House’s mercy to decide when to release that. However, I now wish I would have released two and three together. To be honest, it never even occurred to me. I e-published not only the Children’s book, but also my first Paranormal Romance, When You Come Back to Me Again in the same week. After I announced their release I got requests for the paperback versions. It wasn’t something I’d thought about up until that point, but since I believe in the motto “give the people what they want” I released them. You may be thinking that wasn’t a big deal since the manuscripts were already done, but you’re wrong.
The Children’s book had black and white illustrations and while my first Children’s book was released with black and white illustrations, I had decided I wanted colored illustrations after having them for my second book. This meant I had to color the illustrations myself. For someone who didn’t like to color as a child this was quite a task.
After the coloring was done I needed to reformat my manuscript, and work on the back cover. With an e-book all that is needed is a cover, so I didn’t have anything for the back cover except the synopsis.
You would think by the time I released my fourth children’s book I knew what I was doing, but you’d be wrong. While it took me the shortest amount of time from writing to publication to date there were still bumps along the way. Most of them had to do with my lack of math skills. Not sure why most people either seem to be good with words or with numbers when truthfully you need both skills to do most jobs. If dream is a writing career and you’re still in school do yourself a favor and pay attention in all your classes, you really will need it all someday.
All of these things probably seem like they would be no big deal to the average person. When I was dreaming of becoming an author when I was in school I didn’t think it was a big deal either. I thought all I had to do was write whatever story was in my head, and the rest would take care of itself. As I began to make my dream a reality I realized it was nothing at all like I had dreamed it would be. Not only did I have to write my manuscripts, but I was responsible for the front covers, the back covers, and marketing. I also quickly realized the tasks that I once weren’t a big deal are. Any time you release anything that has your name attached to it it’s a big deal.