Category Archives: Orples

[New Post] What In The World?

Last night, I was admiring Sonel’s lovely roses, and with her permission, The orples and I snagged a beautiful closeup shot she’d captured with her camera. The orples are wondering what they are looking at. Do you know? Are you curious? Well, all I can say is go see Sonel, if you want to find out what the orples  are ‘oohing and ahhing’ over now.

Olivia and Oscar admiring Sonel's marvelous talents.
Olivia and Oscar admiring Sonel’s marvelous talents.

If you’d like to be included in my blog, let me know. Of course, I’ll credit your work back to you if we play in your mudpuddle. Be aware, that I’m contemplating (time, being the major factor) pulling a book together with these little drawings, so you may see your work out there in orpleland, with your permission of course. Please clue me in as to how you feel about ‘orple’ exposure. Olivia loves playing with new friends, so the more the merrier. Let me know. In the meantime, this post is dedicated to Sonel with tons of gratitude for posting such beautiful photos, so worthy of sharing. ;) Please feel free to ping back, hint, hint.

[New Post] Blogging 101 . Your Dream Reader . Part 2 … Orples

Olivia is loving yesterday’s Blogging 101, writing assignment, which is why we’ve circled back to it, in spite of being a day late. If you read Part 1 of this post set, you’ll understand why this post was divided into two parts, this one being Part 2. Olivia is getting ready to garner some attention, and she can’t wait.

Olivia and Oscar discussing the  purpose of today's posting.
Olivia and Oscar discussing the purpose of today’s posting.

My ‘Dream Audience’? Hmmm, let me see, now… An orple audience would be fun loving people with open minds, opened to the playful side of life. Strategic Publishing has pegged How Orples Came To Be‘ as a children’s book, but I disagree. I think all of my ‘kiddie’ books, and especially my first book, explaining how orples evolved from oranges, are appropriate for any kid, of any age, right up through, and including one-hundred and two! My dream audience would appreciate the lessons to be learned though Olivia’s wisdom and loyalty. The orples help, Jack, their human friend indirectly rekindle his relationship with his father, after his mother’s passing away.  This book starts out sad, but ends on a happy note, with the door having been left opened for sequels. My dream audience would be writing to me, again, begging for more. They would appreciate the encouragement book 2 — ‘The Orples Make A Tree Home‘ gives children to think outside of the box in coming up for solutions as the orples turn their orange tree into an orple environment. And after my dream audience has read books 1 & 2, they would be eager to find out all about Olivia’s schooling in the book, ‘The Orples Learn To Read‘,—book 3 in the series, encouraging children to want to read and learn, in general.Olivia has a lot of spunk, while Oscar is laid back and lazy. I dream that my dream audience will, one day, wake up and realize—orples rule—especially Olivia!  And then they’ll rush out, buy orple books, and start telling their friends, and movie producers, and they will make me as popular as J.K. Rowling. Geeze, I think I need to go take a Valium. Olivia really is beginning to rub off on me, you know. Oh, and while I’m thinking about it, I wanted to mention that all of my books are self-published through CreateSspace  at Amazon, with the exception of my first book, which is printed by Strategic Printing, for the time being. Maybe you cared, maybe you didn’t, but now you know. Blessings to all who have stuck with me and read to the end. .) Olivia, Oscar, and I truly thank you.

[New Post] photography 101: Street (Wheeler’s Pond Road, Dinwiddie Va)

This is a street I used to drive everyday to go to work.  It is one of the three roads forming the Five Forks intersection in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. One of the last battles critical in bringing the American Civil War to an end happened on the battlefields surrounding this intersection on April 1, 1865. Eight days later the Civil War came to an end in Appomattox, Va.  For anyone interested, this link will take you to an article on Wikipedia explaining the significance of this skirmish between the North and the South. The Ranger Station, straight ahead, has been demolished for whatever reason since this photo was taken. The barn on the left was still there the last time I drove through this intersection, about two years ago.  I used to own a little piece of  horse property two or three miles from this intersection, and often rode Magi through this area, especially during hunting season, since the entire area is posted ‘No Hunting’. And of course it is always safer to ride roadside when the hunters are hunting and your horses color favors a deer. Some hunters will shoot at anything that moves, but that’s another story for another time.

Olivia and Oscar exploring Wheeler's Pond Road, heading toward Five Forks Battefield, in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.
Olivia and Oscar exploring Wheeler’s Pond Road, heading toward Five Forks Battlefield, in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

Below is a map of where the orples are relative to the intersection. Olivia is all about learning about every subject under the sun. And she loves to share the information with others. Feel free to follow the links for more information as your curiosity inspires you. 5_forks_Sat_View

Insight into “How Orples Came To Be” . Part 3

In this scene, Olivia has been transformed into an orple and is trying to escape the clutches of Mr. Zimp before he realizes she exists . . .

Run Olivia, run!

Links added … insight into How Orples Came To Be”

… part 1

… part 2

… part 4

… part 5

Insight into “How Orples Came To Be” . . . part 2

Now that Olivia has been picked from her tree and taken into the house, Jack not knowing she is special has offered her to his father (Mr. Zimp) for dessert.  Luckily for Olivia, she was accidentally knocked off of the table and  has rolled through Mr. Zimp’s formula and is now under the chair and out of sight. Whew! And so the story continues . . .   The following illustration is from the prototype I worked up while putting my book together.  The font has changed since the book has been published, but the story has not changed. Image

Links added … insight into How Orples Came To Be

… part 1  posted on January 6, 2012

… part 3  posted on January 7, 2012

… part 4  posted on January 8, 2012

… part 5  posted on January 9, 2012

Insight into “How Orples Came To Be” … Part 1

Olivia (an intelligent little orange) is about to be picked from her tree.   Now, her life is really getting ready to change. What am I talking about? Why “orples”, of course.  Jack, an only child, and Olivia are about to become unlikely friends as events unfold in this new book.  “How Orples Came To Be” (63 color illustrated pages) begins the series of orples adventures.  My publishers list it as a children’s book, but I think it is appropriate for anyone 8 – 80. There are lots of subtle little lessons hidden between the lines that apply to us all dealing with friendship, loneliness, loyalty, and that nagging little battle we all sometimes experience when right and wrong are not easily separated.  The story description is a little different on Amazon’s site and by my publisher.  Both summaries are correct.  The alternate version focuses more on the story itself.

You can buy the book by through Amazon.com’s website, linked by the book’s title or click here.

Update as of March 21, 2012

Links added …  insight into How Orples Came To Be”

… part 2   posted on January 7, 2012

… part 3   posted on January 8, 2012

… part 4   posted on January 9, 2012

… part 5   posted on January 10, 2012

Available now!

Orple Series . Book 2 … “The Orples Make A Tree Home”  is now available on Amazon.Com.  in soft cover .  37 (color illustrated) pages.   Now that the orples are free from their tree, they have new needs.  This book tells the tale of how the orples transformed in the Treasure Tree, into a home.  Come along as they carry out their first goal.

More insight into this book on blog postThe Orples Make A Tree Home“.

 Orple Series . Book 3 … The Orples Learn To Read.  The third book in the Orples Trilogy encourages children to want to read and learn.  Olivia is a little book worm longing to explore the wonders of our world through the pages of a book.