Cat Blount Stories

Posts and information about books written and illustrated by Cat Blount.

The 3 Screams, From Stories to Publication

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 The 3 Screamstrip.  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.

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So, the first story, Lisa, is about a boy and his sister The 3 Screamswho 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.

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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 The 3 Screamsreaction 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???

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The last tale, So Wicked, is so very twisted, and prettyThe3ScreamsC 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.

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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.

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Perfect story for me to write…

The paperback and digital version of my story about homeschooling, You Guys Have It All WRONG About Homeschooled Kids! is out!  Want to know why it was sooo perfect for me to write???  Keep reading :-).

You Guys Have It All Wrong About Homeschooled Kids!It was PRETTY cool when this story came to my mind.  I was like, “Oh yeah, that’s going to be FUN to write!”  Why?  Simple.  I don’t particularly like when statements are made about individuals with zero knowledge of who they are.  In other words, I don’t like “blanket” assumptions thrown out there about anyone or anything.  It should be pretty hard to do, unless, of course you’ve experienced every single person in the entire world.   Just my opinion, of course.

The story is perfect in a sense that it is careful not to make general statements regarding homeschoolers or non-homeschoolers.  It has a unique way of “debunking” blanket assumptions, properly.

You Guys Have It All Wrong About Homeschooled Kids!

 

BEST AUDIENCE FOR THIS STORY…

  • Homeschoolers, Child and Parent
  • “Thinking About Homeschooling” Parents
  • Ahem, Those Who Make Blanket Statements About Homeschool Families

 You Guys Have It All Wrong About Homeschooled Kids!

Thinking about homeschooling, or do you have homeschooled children?  This is a great book just for you!

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I’m Way Too Sensitive For This…

What if I Were Bigger Than My Bully Cover 3As most of you know, my stories come to me; there’s no research, no inspiration seeking, nothing…  So, when What if I Were Bigger Than My Bully? came, a story about bullying, I was like, “WHAT?”  I am one of the most sensitive people out there regarding certain issues.  The topic of bullying against children being one of them.  I thought, “How am I going to get through this story about a child in pain???  I am so not the one to write about this.”

Allow me to go deeper to better explain…  Most people can see, let’s say, a report about something horrible, and feel bad, but then continue on with their lives.  I, on the other hand, see the report, feel devastated about it, and then continue to think about it, and continue to be devastated.  It is awful.  I have been given the gift to empathize with zero What if I Were Bigger Than My Bullyexperience regarding the matter, zero.  I think that has something to also do with my power to imagine so well.  So with that gift, I had to make adjustments to be able to cope.  I DO NOT watch the news.  No way, no way, no way.  Every single time I try, they always say a slew of horrible things.  I just can’t do it.  I used to try watching Nancy Grace, but my husband banned me from the show.  She’s so passionate, and real, but I can’t watch her.  My family and friends know to NEVER tell me ANYTHING bad, EVER!  My mom forgets often as she is the total opposite in that area.  I tell her she is like a robot.  How can she hear so much???

So now, hopefully, you understand my surprise when this story came to my mind and spirit.  Granted, the story is written for older elementary school-aged children, and perhaps, maybe early middle school, it is still regarding a horrific topic, and Jed, the main character, is not treated nicely at all.

I hope all who read What if I Were Bigger Than My Bully? walk away with hope, insight, and perhaps a reminder of how to work together to rid this epidemic from the lives of children everywhere.  The problem is SO huge, and devastating; I had to write it.  I just hope that my story is able to help in some way.

Best,
Cat Blount

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Happy, Sad, Good, Bad Back Again

Yahoo!  I'm working on bringing another one of my titles back to the market as a digital publication!  This time it's Happy, Sad, Good, Bad.  I'm excited about bringing all of my books back, but this story, in particular, because of the theme.  This story talks about feelings.  We all have them so we will all be able to relate.

The story follows Caitlin, a young girl, who shares her feelings and why she has each of them.  She's a very cool, relatable character and I absolutely love her voice.  You will see feelings addressed from sadness, to happiness, to agitation.  All in all the story covers eight different feelings and she, Caitlin, carries you through all of the scenarios that crystalizes those feelings.

Also, I love the fact that Caitlin records all of the happenings in a journal.  Hopefully the character's postings will encourage children to begin to use journals to record their feelings and/or whatever they want to document.  Caitlin also includes a page of reflection for each feeling which is quite cool.

I am so very excited to reintroduce Happy, Sad, Good, Bad in this form, and I hope that readers walk away with lessons from the story.

As I mentioned earlier, in my blog post about The Sad Snowman, my illustrations are one of the reasons why I removed my books from the market.  Take a look at a few before-and-afters for Happy, Sad, Good, Bad.

Here are the covers, original and current.  I personally LOVE the new cover.  I really do.  My husband HATES it, and at first, the faces, to my oldest daughter, looked scary, LOL.  I have to say, my husband is starting to warm up to the new covers as the faces are stamps that Caitlin places on her journal pages throughout the story.  "Well at least I see some relevance…"  Too funny.

Happy, Sad, Good, Bad

Next are illustrations of Caitlin, the main character.  I think you will agree with me that the current is so much better.  Right?  My children, especially Caitlin, my daughter, at first, was not liking the change, at all.  They warmed up to the "new look" after a while.  Not much of a difference, I know, but still I think the current illustration is better. 

Happy, Sad, Good, Bad

I'm almost too ashamed to show this one.  This example not only touches upon the illustrations, but also upon the difference in my writing, as discussed in The Sad Snowman blog post.  The original is based on the limitations that I placed upon myself in my writing.  The latter displays my "organic" style, which is writing and storytelling from the inside.

Happy, Sad, Good, Bad

Happy reading!

With love, color, and imagination,
Cat Blount

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The Sad Snowman – Before, After, Now

Yay, another one of my stories that I am bringing back to the market…

Short little back story:  The Sad Snowman is the first book that I published, the FIRST, back in 2011.  I had other stories written, with copyrights, but, The Sad Snowman was published first.  SO very excited to finally be a published author.  Later I added to the story, changed the illustrations a bit, and added to the title, Storyteller's Edition.  Much later I removed it completely from the market. An explanation as to why I decided to remove the title, and others, from the market is on my homepage http://www.catblountstories.com.

Funny:  When I look back at the original story published, I almost can't believe that I actually published it in print. The illustrations were eye bulging, mouth widening, unbelievable. The first thing out of my mouth when I viewed it years after creating it was, "Oh my gosh… What was I thinking???" And then there was the hysterical laughter from my kids. Yeah, not good.

Present:  I am SO pleased with how the story is turning out.  The illustrations take so much time, however, I am hoping to be able to finish the story TONIGHT, God willing.  I will post some before and after pictures, as I illustrate, so that you can see the difference between the first time I published and now.  I know that your craft gets better after time, practice, and experience, but these before and afters, to me, are like, "Uh, yeah, she probably should've waited until her craft was much better before publishing that."

Right now, I can show you the before, after, and now book covers.

The Sad Snowman Covers

Ok, The original snowman is just a little too simple.  I know that simplicity, at times, is the way to go, but not in this instance.  The Storyteller's Edition's cover is not that bad.  The coloring could have been better.  The current cover, well, now looking at it against the other covers, it looks kind of sci-fi'ish, right???  I still like it though.  Perhaps it may add some intrigue.  Well, as I said, I will continue to post before and afters separated into different smaller posts.

Happy reading!

With love, color, and imagination,
Cat Blount

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Funny…

ANA! and Ana’s Pet are two funny and cute books.  The characters in both books are based on the relationship between two sisters, Caitlin and Ana.  If you are interested in reading these books, please read ANA! first as you will get a feel for the siblings’ personalities and it will ease you into Ana’s Pet.  After you read them, come back and talk to me.  Do you find these scenarios in your household?  Did you have older and younger siblings?  Who were you most like?  Ana or Caitlin?  If you were like Caitlin, did you have a mom like theirs in the story? (In a Carol Brady voice)  “Oh dear, please be patient, she means no harm…”  Leaving you with your mouth hanging open while your younger sibling is sawing you in half.  Or were you like Ana?  Cute but ohhhh my…

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To The Skippers…

The title to this post goes directly out to all of you.  You know who you are.  (Flashlight flashing in your faces).  You know…  Those of you who skip to the middle and/or end of books to find out what happens.  Yeah…

(Calmly spoken with a smile) From the author to the reader…  (Not so calm) DO NOT DO THAT WITH MY STORIES!!!!  PLEASE!  Listen, most of my stories have some type of a twist ending and skipping to the middle and or end will ruin it  for you.  Come on, start at the beginning.  My books are enjoyable for both children and adults and can be read over and over again, but you need the initial surprise.  I love to hear people say, “Oh, I didn’t expect that…” and things like that.  Please don’t skip…  Thank you!

Happy Reading!

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