Cat Blount Stories
Posts and information about books written and illustrated by Cat Blount.
Ok, we are finally here. This is where the climax begins. There is an important detail that I haven’t revealed in any of my updates for A Lesson Learned: The Lake in the Middle of the Forest. You know that Allison’s mom has forbidden her to go to the lake in the middle of the forest, however, you don’t know why.
“There is a horrible, terrible alligator that follows the river into that area. He is said to be vicious!”
That’s right. There’s a vicious alligator in the lake, Allison’s mom told her. So now you know why she was told to stay away.
We are at the part of the story where Allison meets a new furry friend, Jessica. This new furry friend will change everything! She represents one of all parents’ worst nightmares. SOMEONE WHO CAN CONVINCE YOUR CHILD TO NOT ADHERE TO YOUR WORDS. It seems that Jessica has information, beyond what Allison’s mother knows, that makes oodles of sense. However, will Allison’s obedience to her mother keep her from giving in?
I am so excited for this part of the story. The buildup to this point is natural, and this climax is the perfect peak to where this story is headed → A twist you will not expect.
Well, back to the story.
So, there’s Santa Claus to represent Christmas, the Baby New Year to represent the coming of the new year, and the Easter Bunny to represent Easter.
Where did they get these characters?
As a christian, I told my children the true meaning behind Christ-based holidays. Santa visited our home, as well as, the Easter Bunny, and so on, but we always celebrated and acknowledged Christ first and foremost. But still, the question: “Why these particular characters?”
I grew up watching Santa Claus is Coming To Town around Christmas every single year. My family still watches it when it comes on. The special explains how Santa Claus came to be. At one point, Kris Kringle was making toys for the kids of Sombertown, and handing them out to them each day. He started getting so many orders for toys that the task later became difficult to perform. Kris decided that he needed to pick just one day to provide toys for the children. It said that he chose the most special day of the year, Christmas Eve. I loved how they brought it back to where it belonged. They acknowledge the origin of Christmas. The moment was so beautiful; I was grateful that they added it.
In What Does a Bunny, a Chicken, and Colorful Eggs Have to do with EASTER? you will see that everything is 100% brought back to where it truly belongs in a sweet, natural, special way.
I am so excited to announce that A Lesson Learned: The Lake in the Middle of the Forest is coming along great! I am so excited because I am about to get to the really meaty part of the story. Hee Hee Hee! Right now, I am at the part where Allison gets a bit of advice from her kind neighbor, Mrs. Bird. Allison can’t understand why everyone is on their way to a place where her mother forbid her to go. She feels that the real reason is that they just don’t want to be her friend. Mrs Bird assures Allison that she will find a friend soon.
I will send you more updates soon. I am so excited!
I wanted to give you a quick update on how I am moving along with A Lesson Learned: The Lake in the Middle of the Forest!
Right now, I am in the process of re-coloring illustrations that I already had placed in the story, and transferring those illustrations from the ebook version to the paperback. Whew!!! Yeah. It can be tedious, but I love it.
The scene above, in both the ebook and paperback versions, is Allison giving her sister advice about brown carrots. You see, Allison’s mom, each day, expects Allison to tell her younger sister, Maggie, something she [Allison] learned from the day before. Her mother calls it, “A Lesson Learned.” Ah Ha! Allison finds it totally annoying. She doesn’t see the point, and feels that she will never have anything really important to share with her sister.
Ok, I will keep you posted!
So, as you know, I am the “Organic Author,” and I write and illustrate all of my stories from within, unadulterated. I allow them to flow out of me naturally without any input from, or thought about, anyone or anything.
Well, this wasn’t the case when I first began publishing my works. I was more focused on the “rules of publishing,” and “what others would think,” than on my stories. The results were stories that I loved, transformed into stories that I myself did not want to read.
After my seventh publication, I couldn’t take it any longer. My next stories were written and illustrated exactly how I felt they should be, and I became a completely happy author. Then I decided, “You know what? I’m going to remove my first seven publications from the market, and start over from scratch!” And I did just that.
It’s been a few years since I made that decision, and all except one title is back… A Lesson Learned, The Lake in the Middle of the Forest. Poor A Lesson Learned. I have been trying to bring her back for some time, but I kept stopping it to create other stories. Well, not this time. A Lesson Learned will be, God willing, the only story that I work on until it is completely finished. I can’t wait for it to come back! It really is a great story, and the twist…
Well I will keep you all posted with updates and perhaps excerpts from the title. I am so glad that I illustrate better now as well. It makes the story that much better.
Happy Organic Creating!
I am so excited about this title!!! First of all, I love the message, and who the message is for! Bystanders… Yep, a book 100% for bystanders. It’s pretty cool. I am also loving the illustrations! As you may already know, when I first started illustrating, years ago, my images weren’t that great, but thank God they are so much better now. It really adds to the story. You see the image there, the girl with the carrot? This was an actual image from my first title published, The Sad Snowman back in 2011. I have since re-illustrated the title, of course, but people bought the book back then :o. I was really excited to get my book out. Yeah.
Now, I can’t really go into any specifics of the story because as you may also know, most of my stories have twists. I don’t want to give away the surprise. I can tell you, however, that the title pretty much sums up what the book is about. Timothy Timilty, and who or what he hates. So for the better part of the book you are taken through different scenarios that he may hate. Finally towards the end, you find out exactly what boils his blood! You also see how powerful bystanders really are when they do the right thing and stand together!
I should be finished with this new book shortly. It will be available as an ebook and paperback. So very excited!!!
Until next time…
I have a fantastic goal! I want to produce a book trailer for each of my titles thus far; 14 of them. And then, of course, keep going with trailers for each title that I publish going forward. So far, I have a bunch, but I still have a ways to go.
Check out the trailers that are available now:
Kindergarten Color War
Will the students from room 8B ever get along?
The Ridiculously Mean Sister
Funny, over-the-top book that shows how tween siblings come to view their younger siblings.
Meet Mabel Molby
Everyone thinks she’s different, but she doesn’t seem to notice.
The 3 Screams, 3 Short Spooky Stories for Kids
Spooky cliffhangers that involve a suspicious-behaving babysitter, a town of desperate parents that can’t get their children to sleep, and a “who-dun-it.”
Funny story about the differences between siblings and how the younger sibling enjoys her activities at the expense of her older sister.
The sequel to ANA! Ana wants a pet and she’s not telling what type of pet she wants. The silence causes the older sibling to fear that her younger sister is up to something horrible.
I am so excited to announce that I am almost finished with my title Meet Mabel Molby!!! It has been some time since I started, well it feels that way to me. Writing it, of course, as you may know, for me, is simple. I just write down stories from within. It takes minutes, literally. Illustrating it… It takes what seems forever. But, the good new is, I am getting better at the craft; so, that’s a good thing.
I am down to the last few pages of the book. Then I can yell out, I’M FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But then comes final editing, the formatting of it [Since I create my
ebooks and paperbacks at the same time and they both have different formatting requirements], come up with a blurb [I am not good at writing blurbs for my books, at all], finalize the cover, and then, finally, the actual publishing of it [pretty much easy]. Then at that time, I will yell out, MABEL MOLBY IS PUBLISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a good feeling.
Now on to the title. You are going to love Mabel Molby. She is such a doll, and so adorable. In a nutshell, Mabel lives in a town where everyone is pretty much just alike. They see her as being different, and they feel sorry for her. The interesting thing, however, about Mabel, is that she doesn’t seem to care that she’s different. To be truthful, she doesn’t even notice that she is different. She’s just minding her own business and loving life, and herself. I just love her, and she is a wonderful example for us all to follow.
Also, as a side note, the story comes with colorful, thoughtful, and sometimes funny illustrations throughout. I am a mom, so I know how important it is to have pictures on each page when reading an ebook to younger children. I designed this story, as with all of my stories, with that in mind. The age range for this book is from Kindergarten through fourth grade, depending upon the child.
Here’s a small excerpt from the book:
And when she plays on the slide… It’s so weird! She climbs to the top and slides down just like everyone else, BUT when she hits the bottom of the slide, she takes off running, as fast as she can go, yelling and laughing around the whole park!
Everyone looks and shakes their head.
POOR, WEIRD MABEL MOLBY.
Why can’t she just fit in?
Well, I better get back to the story. I will let you know as soon as both versions are available. So very excited!!!
For those of you who do not know, I pulled all of my titles from the market, all 7 of them at the time, all at once as I felt that I wasn’t writing from within. [You can read about it here http://ajcosmo.com/blog/index.php/cat-blount-organic-stories/].
So, my plan, back then, was to bring all of my titles back, one by one, before working on new titles. However, instead of bringing back all of the stories that had been already published, I STARTED ADDING NEW TITLES TO MY LIBRARY! I couldn’t help it… Stories kept coming to my mind. I had to write them. And I did. However, I am now so happy to be able to say that Arelius, Turtle of Speed, is finally, finally, FINALLY back on the market where it truly belongs. It really is a special story.
The tale of Arelius is so dear to me. It was my first story written, beginning, middle, and end. That is huge because I was never able to finish a story once I thought of one; crumpled paper defined my earlier attempts at writing as a child. Then one day, a story blew into my mind, and I wrote it in less than 18 minutes. That story was Arelius, Turtle of Speed.
To quickly summarize, the story is about a turtle who has been given the gift of speed. He is eventually praised for his talent, and all of the praise and admiration goes straight to his head! He concludes, when he evaluates his life, that he does not need anyone or anything.
Arelius is such a great tale with a huge message for all, but it also includes hidden messages that may not be that evident.
I do hope you all enjoy Arelius, Turtle of Speed with your little ones.
All of my stories are, of course, very special to me, however, The 3 Screams, 3 Short Spooky Stories for Kids, is a neat title for me because of the fact that the stories in the book started off as tales that I told to my kids. I never thought of having the stories published. They were just stories that, as always, came to my head that I thought they would enjoy. That’s it. So when the thought “publish them as short stories in one book,” poured into my brain from above, I said, “Wow, ok!”
The first and last tales are creepy stories that I told to my children during an indoor camping trip. The middle tale was a “bed-time” role play. It was so fun, and an awesome alternative to bedtime stories from a book! All of the stories, when told, were light and fuzzy and all had pretty much happy endings. The same stories published, well, not so much, so please take note of the age of your child before purchasing this title. As always, I do not include ANYTHING inappropriate in my works so you don’t have to worry about that, but it is age appropriate for kids who are older and a bit more mature.
So, the first story, Lisa, is about a boy and his sister who are both left at home with a babysitter. I should mention that the boy is 14 years old. A little old for a babysitter? Well, his parents, his mom really, got fed up with him not properly watching his younger sister when they left him at home to watch over her. His failure to truly admit to his mistakes doesn’t make matters better either. So the solution? Stick her middle-schooler at home with a babysitter! Yeah. Anyway, the babysitter, Lisa, arrives and things start to get weird rather fast; I mean REALLY fast! Like as soon as the parents leave fast!
This story is for sure spooky and it is definitely a page-turner. You are going to want to find out what’s going on for sure.
The next story, Sleeping Through The Night, is about a very small town with a very big problem. THE KIDS CAN’T GO TO SLEEP! And you know if the kids aren’t sleeping, the parents aren’t either. You see, the town won this awesome game that everyone loved, and well, playing it eventually caused some type of reaction that kept its players awake. The mayor, the town physician, city folk all tried to find a solution while the parents were left to stay helplessly awake with their active, wide-awake children.
Parents are at a point of desperation when a pair of empathetic and experienced strangers are introduced to them by the mayor. They have a solution for the town! Yay! An answer to their very unique situation.
This story has build, and you will find yourself wondering whose side to be on. The parents? The main child character? The rest of the children? Or the kind strangers???
The last tale, So Wicked, is so very twisted, and pretty much wicked. This is definitely a “who done it” type of story. Dun Dun Dun. I don’t want to tell you too much because I don’t want to give even a small hint away, but, there is a character that you will probably not be happy with, a character you will definitely feel sorry for, and a character you may not know how to feel about. It definitely is an interesting story and one that will 100% make you think.
So there you go… The 3 Screams. Twists, cliffhangers, and illustrations. Enjoy!
Please don’t forget! Please be mindful of the age levels for this read. Each child is different so please use your excellent judgement.