“Spoon Spoony and Plate Penny” is finally here!

Hi!

I am over the moon happy, proud and excited to announce my first children’s picture book “Spoon Spoony and Plate Penny” is OUT NOW!

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Spoon Spoony and Plate Penny are two very happy friends, who are sad for not being accepted in their hometown Cutlery. They decide to leave, but as it turns out, the grass is not always greener on the other side. Home is where the heart is.

Let me tell you, this was a crazy rollercoaster of feelings from the moment I got the idea until hitting that “publish” button.

It all started last year when I got the idea for this story early Autumn 2019. I was watching Peppa Pig with my kids, and this episode about nursery rhymes came up. Most of them I had never heard before. But this particular nursery rhyme, about a plate running away with a spoon, stuck with me. At first, I thought it was so silly. But as the week progressed I couldn’t get it out of my head – a plate ran away with a spoon. Silly? Nop. Brilliant!

So one evening, I took a piece of paper and a pen, and I sat in my chair. I had to get this idea out of my system. And I wrote the first half of the story that evening and the second half of the story the next evening. It just wrote itself.

I have a lot of short stories buried on my computer that I like. But this one just stood out, and I couldn’t let it become one of the forgotten files. So I decided – I will publish it! After a few edits and helping hand from fellow writers and editor, I had the story polished.

The next step was the illustrations. Soon enough, after checking around, I realised I would draw them myself. I’m not a Picasso, nor Monet but I got inspired, and my style is very much influenced by my childhoods favourite illustrator and writer Margarita Stāraste. She did the most beautiful illustrations I had ever seen; they were unique and one of a kind.

I had a clear vision of how I wanted the illustrations to look, and it took me a month to finish them. I thought that drawing and colouring was the hardest part. I was wrong! Then came formatting, text style, font, size, blur or no blur, page design… that was overwhelming. That took me another month.

Just before Christmas “Spoon Spoony and Plate Penny” was finished. I was in love with the book. Still am.

I choose to go with self-publishing with Amazon Kdp.

All and all, it was a learning experience, at times head-wrecking, but totally worth it. I could not be happier. It is my daughter’s favourite book at the moment. And it melts my heart when she says “Where is Spoony? I want mammy’s book.” Too cute!

Go ahead, don’t be shy and get yourself a copy of Spoon Spoony and Plate Penny 

Leave a review on your Amazon and share your favourite Spoon Spoony and Plate Penny experience here or on my Facebook page – Looly Paarker.

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time,

Looly

Coming Soon: A multi-genre anthology not for the faint of heart

“The Rearview Mirror” is a multi-genre anthology, not for the faint of heart.

There is something for just about everyone in “The Rearview Mirror”. A dazzling collection of tales delivered by fourteen authors from five countries. Each story weaves around the story of Harvey Cullum, a rideshare driver with the urRide company, who had chauffeured people around for thirteen years without incident.

Until now.


When he wakes up in the state mental institution after a tragic car wreck involving one of his passengers, he is pressed by police to recount the events surrounding the accident.

As he struggles to recount the series of bizarre fares he served that week, a darker picture unfolds. Voices in his head and secrets from his past torment him, slowly fraying the edges of his reality.

His fares and adventures are presented in various stories in the anthology. Some are horror or fantasy, others are realistic. Some are sweet, others are gritty, and one borders on erotica. All of them combine to show Harvey’s descent into madness and show the way for him to return.


If you like psychological thrillers, then “The Rearview Mirror” is a book for you.

The book goes live on 1.21.21

Grab your copy by pre-order now!

A poem to my sweet little daughter

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Heidi

 

My cute and beautiful little lady

She smiles and makes me go crazy

 

With only her little warm hug

She makes my heart bleed pure love

 

With her curly blond hair

She swipes away any fear and doubt in the thin air

 

Her laughter is the music of my world

And I won’t ever change a note or a word

 

Her touch is so gentle

How could I ever be so scared of something so fragile

 

I am surprised and blown away

But now I can’t imagine my day in any other way

 

With her ocean clear blue eyes

She looks curiously beyond the sky

 

But then again she is shy and likes to hide

Only on daddy’s shoulders she is brave and loves to ride

 

She already knows how to be cheeky

So she plays the role so sweet and easy

 

I know I am weak

She has me wrapped around her little fingers but how couldn’t I be

 

She is my little angel, my everything and more

I will forever love and protect my little girl.

 

Love,

Mommy

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been a hot minute…

Well, hello there!

It has been a very hot minute since my last post, nearly a year. Ups! Time fly’s by way too quickly.

A short update on what I have been up to this past year.

  • I participated in two writing contests, hosted by The Write Practice – The Winter writing contest and The Spring writing contest.

My two short stories have been published in the Short Fiction Break, an online literary magazine.

First one is called “The Hourglass”. Feel free to read it, the link is below.

The Hourglass

The second one is called “The Dignity”. Go ahead. 😉

The Dignity

  • I have written two children’s books, age between 3-5.

One is called “Who scratched the sky?” I was inspired to write this book after my big brother posted a picture on our family chat about the strange looking sky. I made a joke and then one thing led to another… long story short – in the end, it turned out into a funny book.

The second one is called “Baby Lady unicorn, who didn’t listen to her parents.” This story I wrote just before going to bed, my little lady (my toddler daughter Heidi) inspired me to write this story. I couldn’t fall asleep before I had it out on the paper and honestly, it was half an hour later and another story for a book was ready.

  • I sent a query for my book The Mirror: The Forgotten Land to an agent.

I was waiting for the answer between 2 to 3 months (it was a bit nerve-wracking). Unfortunately, the query was unsuccessful. But no hard feelings or upsetness. I remember I was so hyped when I saw the reply email. But it was a polite NO, so… oh well… it is a part of the game, isn’t it? But to be honest, I did send it to the second biggest publisher in the world… soo… I did aim straight for the stars. I can only imagine, what a heck of a winning dance it would have been if I would have gotten a confirmation from the agent 😀 … forever a dreamer!

  • I started on the sequel for The Mirror: The Forgotten Land.
  • And last but not least, I entered a Story Cartel course.

I have never participated in one before, but it is something new and I am ready to learn.

That’s about it for now. But it’s still only August, who knows what September has up to its sleeves 😉

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day! 🙂

Until next time.

Looly

I wrote my first children’s fiction book thanks to The Write Practice

It all started in the summer of 2016 when I made the decision that I want to write a book and publish it. Crazy decision, right?! But I was determined. I had my book idea and I started to write.

Fast forward to May 2017. It was very late in the night. I was all tucked up in my bed and just browsing the net for how to become a writer and what are the publishing options, and etc.

Then I accidentally stumbled upon the Write Practice site. And OMG! If it wouldn’t be so late in the night I swear I would have jumped up in the air! Such a great site.

My attention straight away grabbed the 100 Day Book program. I was intrigued to find out more about it! I swear it was not a coincidence (it was meant to be!) that there was a FREE webinar just a day later. I was so excited! I signed up for it straight away.

After watching the webinar I was so pumped up. It felt like I could write a book in a day! No joke! I was so inspired. The quote “Ideas are useless. Execution is everything!” just struck me and changed my perspective.

I wanted to sign up for the 100 Day Book program right then and there in the middle of the night. But at the same time, I didn’t want to rush into something (the morning is always wiser than the evening!). I decided and promised to myself to sleep on it and if it would still be a great idea in the next morning I would sign up for it. And guess what? The next morning came and the idea was just as great as the evening before.

I registered the same day and posted all the requirements on the site. My hands were shaking from the excitement! I just couldn’t believe I was doing it!

I have never written a book before. The only writing experience I’ve had was writing poems. I have been writing them since I was a teen. But all of those poems have never seen the daylight. (well…) Except one that I posted on The Write Practice site. But I don’t think that it counts as a writing experience. But it didn’t stop me anyway.

I entered the 100 Day Book program with a new book idea that I saw in my dream couple of nights before the FREE webinar. I went with it! I thought why not?! Let’s make these 100 days one fun adventure. And I don’t regret anything! It was a good decision. It was a fresh start. I was intrigued by how the story would develop. Because last summer (when I decided to write a book) I started to write a crime fiction book but I entered the program with children’s fiction book idea. Complete opposites. I never thought that adventures would be “my thing”. But I am glad I went with the new idea.

Here is the premise to understand what my book is about:

A fantasy book adorer Stella, the younger sister, discovers a magical mirror and teleports herself away. Her older brother Charlie goes after her into the unknown. They land in a dark and magical world. They are faced with adventures and dangerous situations when asked to help to free the Kingdom from the evil Wizard and the Witch, who has taken over the land.

On the 4th of August, I posted my last chapter. I had finished my book 3 weeks before the 100 Day Book program was over! I was to the moon and back happy! I would have never believed if someone had told me that I can write a book in 100 days or even under 100 days.

When I started I thought that people wouldn’t want to read my story or would find it boring. But I was proven wrong. I got great feedback after every post and fellow writers liked it. I was and still am incredibly proud of myself.

Now looking back I think the key to my success was that I started the program with low expectations so that I wouldn’t be heartbroken if something would go wrong or I would quit after 3 weeks.

To take the part in the 100 Day Book program was very important to me. I learned a lot of new things about myself. I learned my writing weaknesses and how to deal with them; my strengths and how to use them. I learned that I have favourite things and least favourite things to write about.

I learned that I am an expert in the procrastination. I never knew that it would be so hard to stay focused. To stay put and not to move away from the computer. But I found the solution. A big bag of jelly beans beside the computer was all that I needed. Definitely not the best nor friendliest solution for the figure, but it helped. Healthy stuff just didn’t do the trick.

Another great thing about the program was the writer’s community. It was and is awesome. English is my second language and people were very kind and understanding, very friendly and supportive. It is amazing to know that you are surrounded people who share the same passion as you do.

I would 100% suggest The Write Practice 100 Day Book program to anyone who wants to become a writer or already is a published author. It is a great writers community!

P.S. Here is the link to the 100 Day Book program TheWritePractice.com/WriteABook

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 🙂

Till next time,

Looly