One + One = Two


Well, today’s the day.  An official announcement from me.  Oh sure, I’ve left clues.  A few l.e.t.t.e.r.s here or a couple of words there.  But, never an official announcement.  Not from me.  Not here…until today.

After 15 years, yes fifteen I’ve taken the plunge.  I’m proud to let my WordPress family know that I’ve written a new children’s picture book entitled, Babies of Two.

So how did this all come to be?  Many months ago during the whisper of a winter’s chill, words tapped upon my computer keys.  A story to be.  After printing pages out, I read them aloud to my wee granddaughter who giggled with glee.  “Again, Grandma, again,” she shouted.  Grabbing the sleeve of my arm, she added, “Let me see, let me see!”  Alas, no pictures from me…..

Within days, I came across a WordPress blog where an enchanting illustration captured my attention.  Posted by the talented artist Alisa Belzil, was a delightful illustration of a precocious little girl dressed in a yellow raincoat splish-splashing in puddles of mud.  Dancing above her head were droplets of rain cheerfully painted in water-color blue. Sadly, the child had no words to say….

From there fate stepped in to begin my journey with Alisa.  1+1=2.  Could this really be true?  What should I do?  As they say, ‘the rest is history.’  Writing is a great love of mine that plopped into my lap many moons ago.  Still, I haven’t published a book in over twenty years.  At the same time, Alisa had never designed or illustrated a book before Babies of Two.  Is it fair to say, we both had a lot to learn?

Alisa is an amazing artist, designer and illustrator.  Most of which I knew from the start, but there was something else hidden beyond her sketch pad and pots of paint.   A common bond between the two of us.  Month after month we focused our passion on the process with one goal in mind, to make our book the very best it could possibly be.  After that, our golden pot at the end of the rainbow was to win the hearts of children and caregivers through heart and humor with sprinkles of love throughout every page.

In the beginning of this project I hoped for pictures to go with words.  At the end, I have a trusted friend.  Yes, I still have trouble unzipping files.  But, I’ve always been very good at math.  1+1=2!

Babies of Two will soon have a special delivery.  They’re available for pre-adoption at Amazon.com, with a due date of November 1st.    Amazon.com/author/2babiesauthor

 

*Please visit Alisa Belzil’s amazing WordPress site at https://sweetafternoons.wordpress.com/ tune into Annette Rochelle Alben’s live radio show (another favorite blogger) this Friday from 1:30-2pm EDT, where I am honored to be her guest. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/themagichappens/2015/10/09/kim-gosselin-and-babies-of-two-on-tell-me-a-story.

Copyright 2015 by Kim Gosselin

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60 thoughts on “One + One = Two

  1. Pingback: Let’s have a baby…or two! | Sweet Afternoons

  2. Congratulations! I’m a mom of two (I write a couple blogs here on a variety of topics, including parenting, my hobbies pre-children, and product reviews), excited to check out your book! The illustrations are beautiful. Nice little rhyme in the preview slide.

    Congratulations, again!

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  3. Kim congratulations on the book and what a lovely story of how you found Alisa. I love her work she truly is an inspiration to me. I remember that little girl in the rain coat so well and I love this combining of skills to come up with something special. Good luck with the book promotions.

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    • Thank you. Kath, for all of your kindness. Yes, that little girl in the raincoat was truly an inspiration, wasn’t she? We never know where our path will lead us. Certainly, Alisa & I did not plan for this and yet here we are. You are so very talented in your own right, Kath. Keep that inspiration going as one day it may surprise you! 😊❤️

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      • Thanks Kim I am learning so much about the picture book world. I have always had stories rolling around in my head and the art has returned to me in the last couple of years, So now i learn the craft of writing and illustrating a picture book. i think i started about two years ago and only now realising I can do it. But I need it to be the best work I can do. Thanks for inspiring me to keep at it.

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  4. Congratulations, Kim!! I am always excited to hear of a fellow blogger being successful in their creation of a book. ♡ I loved the words you shared and the artwork, too. I will hope more books to come for the 2 of you. 🙂
    I have written (and illustrated) 4 children’s books; so you inspire me to not give up hope for someday. . .

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    • Oh, Robin, please share! I want to see them. Thank you for your very kind words. Honestly, Alisa & I just jumped in on a wing and a prayer (s). 😊🙏🏻. Go for it!

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  5. Well done Kim, congratulations, your efforts will bring joy to many little hearts.
    It is a great moment for a writer to see the results of their efforts in book form.
    I wish you every well earned success, in your literary journey.

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    • Thank you for the “Congratulations,” Ian. Can’t wait for the print edition. As you say, to actually ‘see’ it in book form will be beyond what my heart can accept. Babies will be truly HOME at that point. Blessings.

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    • Thank you, kindly, D.G. So hoping to touch all the bases of ‘publishing and promoting.’ Writing was the easy part for me, it’s the rest that has me in a bit of a quandary. Lol! Much love and blessings to you. 🙂

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