The Storyteller and the Truth – Part One


I remember emotional points, touch the bruises, and swim in the revelation. However, I have a terrible time trying to remember dates. At what age did I learn to ride a bike? When was my first road trip? Even important moments, like when did my son take his first steps? When did he begin using complete sentences? Or when did he start, really start, to tell me the stories that play through his imagination? Marcus just turned 27 and I think I’ve been saying “for over ten years” for three, maybe four, years.

I could dig back into the notebooks.

The Letter that Rocked my World


Last week Google led me to a letter written by a 5th grader that rocked my world.

The letter was a state level winner of the Letters About Literature contest sponsored by the Library of Congress. It was written to author Beth Vrabel about her book, Pack of Dorks.  I was previously unaware of this chapter book series. Although I don’t know how, because they appear to

Why does Marcus have First Billing on the Book Black Day: The Monster Rock Band?

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Today let’s discuss why Marcus Sikora, a young man with Down syndrome, has first credit for the book and why this is even a question.

Writing about Creating.

I’ve written many words trying to share with you how the writing process with Marcus works. Most of those words still lay jumbled on a page not yet shared; they don’t touch the impact of the process.

Top Q & A about #BlackDayBook from our trip(s)

Most common Q & A on the road so far and advice from Marcus to the kids.

Marcus singing BDBQuestion – Do you play an instrument?

Marcus – Yes.  The microphone.

Q – Who is your favorite character?

M – Skeleton Pumpkin Head

Q – Where did you get the idea?

M – While staying in a cabin at Mahoney State Park

Q – How long did it take you to write the book?

(About a year. Then another few years to edit, publish, and produce.)

Q – Is it scary?


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