It’s here!

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A little over a year ago I decided to tap into my rainy day account to follow anything but a rainy day dream. I quit my job, moved to the East Coast with my supportive boyfriend, set up my writing room, and pulled a 2011 draft of Tiger Drive out of a box. Thanks to feedback from a few talented peers, Tiger Drive is complete and I am now querying agents. Fingers tightly crossed.

In the meantime, I quickly learned I needed to build an author’s platform and social presence — Egads! I jumped into Dan Blank’s Get Read course where I explored my audience, goals, and identified my content for a website that didn’t exist. As you know, it does now. As a bonus to the class, I made new friends and gained a few subscribers from the start.

All of a sudden, I recognized synergy between my creative writing and my ghostwriting. On one hand, I’d finished Tiger Drive, but on the other hand I kept hearing from my seniors, “I wish I would have finished this…I wish I would have finished that…” And every time I heard someone dish this sage advice, instead of patting myself on the back and saying “You did it, Teri. You wrote Tiger Drive,” I would think about this thick padded envelope in my closet containing two children’s picture books I wrote twenty years ago. To some, children’s picture books would seem outside the scope of the Vitality Stories platform I’ve been nurturing, but for me, wanting to complete the picture books has become a part of my own lesson via Vitality Stories: No Regrets.

I contemplated traditional publishing versus self-publishing. The first seemed unlikely but doesn’t require illustrations and the second is possible but requires illustrations. What to do? I picked up drawing where I deserted it in the 7thgrade due to a combination of teenage wisdom, puberty, and family distractions. I bought a Wacom Bamboo Tablet, downloaded Sketchbook Pro, devoured You Tube videos, and slowly taught myself to draw. So…

I’m excited to announce the first book in my Gobsmacked Kids Series is available: I’M GOING TO THE DOCTOR?! and can be purchased on Amazon:

Join Andy on an adventure as he falls into a deep sleep, dreaming he visits four kinds of doctors to find out what they do and if they will be his friends. This read-aloud book has a Lexile® measure of AD260L which is ideal for pre-k to seven year old children.

And maybe a few adults who have a fear of doctors, too.

Also, during my studies with Dan Blank, I realized an integral piece of my writing gratification will always require giving back in some way to someone, and I am happy to share that books have been donated to the following organizations so far:

And this list is just the beginning!

So thank you to everyone reading this post, allowing me to indulge in some creative closure, growth, and contentment, and Dan Blank, Carrie Ann Lahain, Nancy Nordenson, and Carlen Maddox for developing and planting seeds in our course together!

Now on to the next children’s picture book that has been waiting to fly, I Have Four Cracks Between My Toes!

Have a fabulous and creative day!



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6 thoughts on “It’s here! I’M GOING TO THE DOCTOR?!

  1. Teri Case Post author

    Thank you, Dan! You, and your class, gave me the courage and I needed. You gave me permission to experiment and that’s what I did. Eternally grateful.

  2. Linda

    Hi Teri – I’m in the midst of marking 30 end of term papers for adults on creative writing courses – and this popped up on my Facebook. You’ll become part of today’s lesson. Really inspiring and very exciting. Off to buy the book now!

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