Hello faithful readers! After an incredibly busy few months, Ryan and I have finally taken some time to breathe…and update everyone on some exciting happenings with the Mineral Maniacs! Update #1: The source of our greatest joy (and exhaustion!) has been the soon-to-be arrival of our fourth boy. Elijah is expected to make his grand … Continue reading Exciting Updates for the Maniacs
Hello faithful readers! We are so very sorry for our absence this summer. We have been a very busy family! Between baseball season, family travels, and some various illnesses (boo strep!), we have unfortunately been neglecting our beloved blog. That doesn’t mean, however, that we haven’t been continuing our work with the Mineral Maniacs. Quite … Continue reading Work ahead for The Mineral Maniacs
Two weeks ago today on Monday, May 22, we celebrated the official publication of The Mineral Maniacs and the Magic Hardhat, with our closest friends and family. And where else would we want to celebrate the release of our first children’s book than at the Metro Area’s best local brewery, Resolute Brewing Company? 🙂 The dark gray … Continue reading Launch Party Recap
I wish I had something more insightful or exciting to write, but to be honest, my mind (and Ryan’s) are complete mush. The truth of the matter is rather simple: self-publishing is hard. It is time consuming, punishing, and precise. For most authors, publishers and agents take care of everything. Writers are free to sit … Continue reading So close to the finish line…
When we started the process of writing a children’s book series about mining and engineering, the first question we had to ask ourselves was “who are the central characters?” In other words, who are the best people to teach children about these scientific concepts? The answer, of course, is children! The protagonists of our story … Continue reading Who are the Maniacs?
A week into my fifth grade year, my teacher Mrs. Wilks told the whole class how impressed she was with the reading journal I kept over the summer (something all students had to turn in). It was embarrassing, awkward, and one of the most important moments of my young life. It seems silly now that … Continue reading Part II: Our Journey
Our story begins on a sunny Sunday morning in the heart of spring. As Ryan and I quickly shuffled two small children across the parking lot of our church, we ran into a lovely couple who thoughtfully offered to help us haul our load. We spoke of the weather, the craziness of Lent, and our … Continue reading Our story begins, Part 1