Happy Halloweensie!

This Halloween I decided to enter a writing contest (frenzy) for fun. Below is my entry. It had to be 100 words or less, which was a challenge. My shortest story yet!

(Here’s the link to the contest info, in case you are curious.)

Halloween Forever!

Harper, the witchling loves Halloween!

            One cobweb,
            six candy corns,
            a sprinkle of dust-everlasting.

She sips and waits…

Knock, knock!
Children shout, “Trick or treat!”

As they leave more appear.
“Trick or treat!!”

On and on it goes…
Harper grows weary.
The children line up down the street
and around the corner.

“I must sleep,” yawns Harper.
Slam!
Lights off.

Bang, bang!
“TRICK OR TREAT!!!”

Frantic, Harper stirs a new potion.

            Two cobwebs,
            three candy corns,
            a sprinkle of normal-essesnce.

Gulp!

Knock, knock!
Peeking out…
Empty streets!
The sun rises.

“Whew, maybe Halloween is better once a year.”
Harper collapses.

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True As Blue

Deep in my heart I’ve been wanting to write a Children’s Picture Book about global climate change and our role as stewards of this beautiful planet we live on. I’ve been waiting for a story to come to me ever so patiently. Then, just yesterday it appeared! As I sat in my backyard and wrote in my journal next to my favorite tree, the words came through my hand and I don’t even really know how. I believe it may have been from a source outside of myself. It felt like an out of body experience. I love it when that happens!

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Reading and Writing

As a writer I find it embarrassing that I was never an avid reader as a kid. I was much more interested in going outside. It didn’t really matter what I was doing, as long as it was outside. Mostly, I wandered. I looked at things, smelled flowers, tried to talk to the birds, and when I felt really brave, I would lift up a rock and see what I might find hiding underneath. I didn’t really become a recreational reader until I graduated from college.

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Igniting Artemis

Happy Thanksgiving!

I always feel that I have so much to be grateful for. I really do, even when things are not so awesome. Gratitude is what has kept me going over the years. It’s what keeps me connected to spirit and source.

I was recently gratitude-gifted with a beautiful smoky citrine generator crystal. Isn’t it just gorgeous? (note: buy crystals from nice people) This act of gratitude compelled me to start igniting my new character, Artemis. I’m getting amazing results already. So much inspiration is starting to pour in, it’s hard to keep up with it all.

So on this full moon Thanksgiving, I’ve set up a little altar by my workspace. I even created my own little 3D Artemis out of sculpey. She’s got her magician’s cloak on and we’re ready to make some serious children’s book magic. In addition to the altar, I’ve got a moon calendar starting tonight. So, this cycle will go from full moon to the winter solstice.

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Paint -> Play -> Discover!

 

Enjoy!

x,

Bonnie


Bonnie Kelso writes and illustrates children’s books that celebrate diversity, creativity, and all the special qualities that make each of us unique. Her book EVER OPEN is now available on Amazon in print and for kindle.

EverOpenCoverTiltDeep in the heart of the Everglades, 26 tiny eggs are beginning to hatch in a giant nest under a tall cypress tree. The fourth alligator to see the light of day is about to embark on a classic hero’s journey. Join Baby D as he explores his world through the innocence and wonder of a natural dreamer. Discover what makes him special while pondering what it might be that makes you special, too.

Ritual

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She’s coming! Look out, world. #themouse

I made a wish last night under the New Moon. It was a wish for help in manifesting my next children’s book. This one I wish to be even better than the last. That’s how I push myself, that’s how I grow and get better at this creative life thing. I’m not doing it alone this time. I’m reaching out for help. It feels good to ask for help, not something that has ever come naturally to me. It’s humbling and awesome and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.

May you whole heartedly engage in the reverent ritual of creative manifestation.

Love,

Bonnie


Bonnie Kelso writes and illustrates children’s books that celebrate diversity, creativity, and all the special qualities that make each of us unique. Her book EVER OPEN is now available on Amazon in print and for kindle.

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Deep in the heart of the Everglades, 26 tiny eggs are beginning to hatch in a giant nest under a tall cypress tree. The fourth alligator to see the light of day is about to embark on a classic hero’s journey. Join Baby D as he explores his world through the innocence and wonder of a natural dreamer. Discover what makes him special while pondering what it might be that makes you special, too.

The Mouse

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So, last weekend was that big beautiful full moon in Pisces. Did you feel it? Did you ask for something special to show up in your life? What was revealed to you?

I got a mouse! So, I asked for a spirit guide to come to me to help me along with my children’s books. I wanted to be open to a wide variety of animals so I used Steven Farmers Animal Oracle Deck and guess who popped out of the deck just as I was beginning to shuffle? You got it, MOUSE!

They do have that capacity to surprise! I can think of the many times I’ve seen a mouse and screamed. I’ve always felt bad afterwards because they are so darn cute and usually more afraid of me than I could ever be of them.

But really, what could be a more perfect spirit guide for someone who wants to write children’s books than a little mouse? There are sooooooo many children’s books about mice. I’m thinking of Beatrix Potter’s A Tale of Two Bad Mice, E. B. White’s Stuart Little, Laura Numeroff’s If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, and of course the big daddy, Walt Disney’s Mickey. Then I asked myself, why are mice so prevalent in this genre? Well, I think it’s because children can identify with a mouse. He’s small, cute and pretty much defenseless. He lives in a world dominated by creatures much larger than himself, many of which he depends on for leaving him food (either intentionally or unintentionally). The mouse is someone a child can trust. The mouse speaks quietly and is gentle. The mouse has a way of appearing innocent, even when he is behaving mischievously. Maybe it’s those big round beady eyes that catch the light just so… I think a lot of kids can relate to that quality. I know mine can!

So, immediately I created the image above of a mouse in my sketchbook. She’s all heart, of course. Then the next day I made these sketches. I’ll continue to learn from my new guide as I further explore this mouse energy.

True confession here, I’m going through a bit of an identity shift. I’m realizing that there are parts of my work that are shining more brightly than others. So, as I am adjusting to these realities and embracing my most authentic self, I realize that yes, I may be slipping into a bit of a mouse-type role. My ego is dropping away and my work is moving forward with the support of the Universe. I used to think that being of service to others meant being some sort of guide or teacher to them. But, what I know now is that we are all students of the Universe. What my intention has always been is to help other’s creative light shine. How I do this, well, I’ll leave it to the Universe to guide me. For now, what I know brings me much joy, is creating these books for children.

The mouse also represents omnipresence, because they can be found everywhere. When I read that, it occurred to me that love can also be found everywhere. I think that’s why my mouse has a heart-shaped head. I’ll keep working on her…

I hope you discover the omnipresence of love where ever you may wander.

Love,

Bonnie


Bonnie Kelso writes and illustrates children’s books that celebrate diversity, creativity, and all the special qualities that make each of us unique. Her book EVER OPEN is now available on Amazon in print and for kindle.

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Deep in the heart of the Everglades, 26 tiny eggs are beginning to hatch in a giant nest under a tall cypress tree. The fourth alligator to see the light of day is about to embark on a classic hero’s journey. Join Baby D as he explores his world through the innocence and wonder of a natural dreamer. Discover what makes him special while pondering what it might be that makes you special, too.

EVER OPEN is now available!

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YASSSS! Baby D has been officially brought to life! My latest children’s book, EVER OPEN is now available through Amazon.com.

(This was my little celebration drawing from my journal)

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It’s been an epic journey for me over the past five months getting from concept to completion of this little chapter book.

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From the back cover: Deep in the heart of the Everglades, 26 tiny eggs are beginning to hatch in a giant nest under a tall cypress tree. The fourth alligator to see the light of day is about to embark on a classic hero’s journey. Join Baby D as he explores his world through the innocence and wonder of a natural dreamer. Discover what makes him special while pondering what it might be that makes you special, too.


I write children’s books that celebrate diversity, creativity, and all the special qualities that make us each unique.

I wrote this book with the intention that my older son (who is 8) would read it to his little brother (who is six). It is divided into seven short chapters so it makes for a great beginner’s chapter book. It’s also a good book for early readers with a few challenge words. You can also read it together as a family group. Learn about each other while also learning a little about animals from the Everglades habitat. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. If you like it, please support me as an independent author by leaving a review. Your feedback matters greatly to me and helps me build visibility. Many thanks, and may your heart be ever open.

Love,

Bonnie


Bonnie Kelso is the author of Shaylee Seakin: Speaking My Truth an interactive coloring book for kids which helps them to articulate what is most important to them. She also facilitates creative workshops.