Hey! So, now in the process of finalizing all of the files for our book and I come to this wonderful little hurdle. The AUTHOR BIO. This feels so strange. Now, I’m getting ready to take professional photos tomorrow morning in an effort to convince somebody that I’m a responsible adult, and trying to write all about myself in a pleasant, interesting and marginally mature manner.


So, it’s not surprising that I can’t take it seriously. Check out my first draft!



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Thank you all so much for being a part of this journey with us! Thanks to your amazing support, in only 30 days, we raised $21,000 from 324 backers to help us turn “Could You Hug a Cactus?” into a real book. We’re going to be working very hard over the next few months to get the book and other rewards made and into your hands as fast as possible. We will keep you in the loop on our progress and make sure you know where we are every step of the way. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Hey everyone! Thank you so much for your support! Being able to know that we are making this book is incredible and we couldn’t have done it without you! For those who haven’t already checked it out, preorders are still going on until September 9th on the Kickstarter page, so you can still get it on the action and get a bunch of cool extras for being a part of the launch!


Awesome news! Spencer Smith and I are working hard to make a real, hold-in-your-hand 40-page book of poetry called Could You Hug A Cactus?! With the incredible help and insight of Mike Matola, we were able to carefully choose a selection of my poems to include in the collection, and Spencer painted some incredible illustrations in full acrylic for the book… as you can see!

Hero poetry and artwork

Spencer’s ability to capture the essence of the character is on full display with this art from Hero

Right now, we’ve got a Facebook page set up that we’re updating regularly and on August 10th, we’ll be launching our Kickstarter! Please join us as we work to get our first book off the ground!


About a month ago I received an email from Think!Kid!Think!, Ed DeCaria’s incredible blog. By the way, this place is awesome. It’s all about children’s poetry, but he doesn’t only have his poems, he also has a poetry comparison tool he uses called POEMETRICS™, a great community of other children’s poets, and even a March Madness poetry competition.

The Final 2014 Results

So, I get this email from Ed’s blog stating that he is accepting submissions from potential competitors for this year’s March Madness contest. It takes me all of 2 seconds to click through to sign up for that, of course. As a proud Michigan State Spartan, I know a little something about competing in March (GO GREEN!), and since my childhood dream of being a supremely gifted 6’6″ shooting guard with range and unparalleled defensive intensity hasn’t panned out, I figured I might as well compete in something I love AND have the skill set for.

One of the questions that it asks in the application is for 2-8 lines of poetry why you’ll win the contest. I was proud of my response answer, at once boastful and nerdy, which seemed to be what he was asking for…

See my finger-tip pushups on my laptop keyboard.
Watch my tinkering thinks reword for your reward. 
Let me verb it out with scores of other nouns, proper. 
I turn phrases to first places. I am the rhyme-dropper.
So, I turned it all in…

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Since you may have been able to tell by the title…the holiday cards are here! They look incredible. I have to give major kudos to Overnight Prints as they did a great job printing and cutting them all, and due to my personal delays this year, had to get them to me over night. In fact, I got them by noon the next day. Amazing work.


Spencer did the artwork for the cards, and did an amazing job per usual. As the cards haven’t been mailed yet, I’ll wait until Christmas to post the entire card here.

So this is what 130+ holiday cards getting dropped in the mail tomorrow looks like! Keep an eye out for those.


Please let me know what you think, and if you’d like to get a card mailed to you, please get in touch. Thanks!!