From 1999 to 2017: My 2nd book was a long time coming

A couple weeks ago, I launched my debut children’s book, “What’s at the End of Your Nose?” starring Sidney Snail.

This week, I launched “Dr. Guinea Pig George,” my second children’s book.

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Dr. Guinea Pig George, live on Amazon!

I wrote the Sidney Snail story almost two years ago. The writing part of it was comprised of those rare inspirational moments that took me through the first draft in the space of a couple hours. The doing-everything-else-with-it part, ah, that took more work, time, dedication, and gumption—not all of which I had at any one time.

A lot of life got in the way, too. It was only when I’d set a goal for myself to publish in the first quarter of 2017, one way or another, that being an author finally fit.

But the second book I published was actually written first. George and his peculiar adventure happened in 1999. At least, that’s the year on the manuscript I dug up.

I was always going to do something with my writing. Looking back, I never stopped the actual writing part, be it fully-realized stories such as George, or fragments scribbled on receipts, envelopes, and napkins.

It’s only recently that I’ve actually used official, bound journals and notebooks, with lined paper even, to record all the thunderbolt ideas, titles, first lines, and paragraphs.

I’m not saying that these recent materials I use to write are what have catapulted me into the author realm, but I can’t deny that a more organized process has helped!

So here I’d been carrying George around with me, from house to house and job to job, through personal epoch here and challenge there. I always intended to publish him—somehow.

Yet it took an entirely different creature, that delightful Sidney Snail, to bring George out of solitude and into the world. Sidney owes his legacy to George, too; I’d never forgotten George, and writing about animals just feels natural to me. When Sidney came along, George came with him.

One doubles as a coloring book; the other has full-color illustrations. Both of them will always mean so much to me for making my dream a reality.

 

With thanks to the lovely Qdmerit@Fiverr.com for editing and Kelly Cline for illustrating.

Interlude: My Actual Guinea Pig

Today is in honor of Teddy, our incumbent guinea pig who is currently undergoing dental treatment.

Yes, there are guinea pig dentists!

This is not what you would call an inexpensive event, and I hope your guinea pig or other loved pet never has to go through dental work. These can get to be human-sized problems.

But we do what we can with what we have.

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Teddy Pigg helping me with my logic puzzle

Mind you, my book launch is still going on this week, which includes the free Kindle promo. While we’re at the vet today, take a look at your very own guinea pig doctor!

This Guinea Pig Thinks He’s a Doctor (Book Launch!)

Once there was a guinea pig named George, who lived in a house with a person named George and all of the Person George’s family.

The Person George was a doctor who made house calls.

Whenever the phone would ring, and someone in the house would answer it, they would say, “George, a patient’s calling!”

And Guinea Pig George would think they meant him.

Oh yes, I am already back with my second book for 2017! Available in Kindle and paperbook formats.

And! I’m running yet another FREE Kindle promo for a limited time. Get George now:

(I also just now found out that pasting an Amazon link directly into WordPress generates the above awesome image with links. Whoops!)

I first wrote George in 1999. So says the latest draft I found when I dug the story back up a year or so ago. I polished it, got it edited by the absolutely marvelous Qdmerit@Fiverr.com, and had the equally marvelous Kelly illustrate him just as she did for Sidney Snail in “What’s at the End of Your Nose?

I’ve been a huge fan of guinea pigs for a long time. You can meet my current guinea pig, Teddy, over on his own fan page (among other guinea pigs I find and post).

But now: Meet George!

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Copyright 2016 Becky Benishek for “Dr. Guinea Pig George”