Wow, so it's been a while. Don't get me wrong, I'm not much of a social media user. I've been doing the finishing touches on Chrysalis and trying to navigate Twitter. It's been a harrowing adventure, but I'm proud of my work and I met some interesting people.
But while I was away, something nice happened. See, I work at a daycare in a school, for the before and after program. And one of the kids came to me after school and told me something. He said "Kayne, you are on our list of famous people from Manitoba.
Now of course, I didn't believe him. Working with school age children, you have to know that sometimes their fiction is greater than their fact, or otherwise they are just messing with you. But he insisted, so I asked him to show me. We ended up going to the classroom, and the teacher greeted me, saying "Is this the famous author?" And sure enough, there my name was up on the list, alongside other famous people like Louis Riel.
Now, I'm not crazy enough to believe that I'm some sort of celebrity. I have one book out on the shelves, still working on the others. But the reason I was up there was because when they were making the list in class, one of the students that goes to my daycare put up his hand and said "I have another famous person who lives here" and gave my name, telling the teacher and the class about my book.
But in a way, that was even nicer. The fact that I made an impression on this youth and that he wanted to share that knowledge with his class was a good feeling. He likes to write, so he could see me as inspiration. Either way, it got me thinking. What more could I do?
One of my followers on Twitter told me that she used to do programs for schools. It would be interesting to do something like that, especially since I work in child care. The only downside is, most of the kids in my program are too young for the more graphic parts of my current series.
Luckily, books aren't the only area of expertise I possess. I pride myself on both my established absurd storytelling as well as the improvised ones. It does make for easier days when the weather is foul and there is no school. I want to be able to try and show the usefulness of such things.
Now, I could easily do this at work. The question is, who else would take me? I've been writing all my life, but I have no real writing training from college/university. I just write, and get it out there and hope that I learn enough so that the next time I get something out there, it's better than the last. What do you call that? Adaptation? Yeah, that.
Regardless, as an early childhood educator, one of the most meaningful thing I can do is help others find their creative side.
And now that my second book is preparing to be released, and that children's book is still on track (It's coming out one of these days, I swear you guys!) I need to start becoming more tech savvy or internet smart or whatever it is called nowadays. Whatever you call it when you get your voice to the web.
I'm doing adjustments to the website and hopefully it will look pretty. Otherwise, back to work on everything else. If you have any comments or tips on what I can do to help out the community, let me know.