I was asked by the VBS director at my church to rework the two a day skit stories. I have written quite a few scripts before but, they were mostly for the puppet I use in Sunday school. This will be both interesting and challenging.
It took a little while, but I finally found all of the stories that I had previously written for these characters. Now I need to organize them and begin the editing process. I am very excited about this. I did leave out the one that I hope to turn into a short novel. But, everything else is found. Let the other work begin!
Today is the first day of spring (10:14pm local time) and after much thought and prayer I have decided to put together my Susie and Johnnie stories for my next book project. The Genesis Chronicles is still in the mix and I will finish edits and rewrites on The Story of Asaph and The Surprise but, the Susie and Johnnie stories are what I have decided to use for the next book.
The Susie and Johnnie stories are based on the original Susie and Johnnie stories from the Radio Kids Bible Club. That was a Christian children’s radio show that was on the air for nearly 20 years and was the ministry of Doctor J. C. Brumfield. He wrote all the stories and they were dramatized as radio plays along with music and teaching. The stories were eventually converted to book form and were so popular they were translated into a number of languages had a world wide audience.
The original stories were about two kids that took their Christianity seriously. They had many adventures because of their faith and they (especially Susie) led many to the Lord.
Eventually, the two kids grew up, married and went off to Africa to be missionaries.
My stories pick up many years later.
Susie is the grand-daughter of the original Susie and is (as her Grampa Johnnie says) the spittin’ image of her Gram Susie. She inherited not only her looks but also her spunky character and a strong love for Jesus. Her father and mother were both missionary kids who met and married while at Bible college. Her father Tom is the pastor of a small church in Crescent City. She has a younger brother named Stanley.
Johnnie is a new Christian from the Midwest and having recently moved to the area and attends both the same church and school as Susie. He is also, in many respects a throwback to Grampa Johnnie but also his own unique boy. He has no brothers or sisters and not only become good friends with Susie but also with her brother Stanley. They form an older/younger brother bond and do things together.
Stay tuned for more information about those stories and how the work is progressing.
I was interviewed recently by Kristina Harding of Short-Story-Time.com about my writing in general and my book "The Kid Inside Bible Stories" in particular. I even read a portion of one of the stories. Drop in and take a look.
I am trying to decide between several options for next book projects.
Should I work on:
- Another set of “Kid Inside” bible stories
- A collection of “Susie and Johnny” stories
- Rework my puppet scripts into stories
- Publish puppet scripts as puppet scripts
Let me know what you think.
Today, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Kristina Harding of Short-Story-Time.com about my writing and my new book (which her daughter Kendyl Harding did the illustrations for).
I will post the link to the interview when it becomes available. Stay Tuned!!
As all my readers have noticed, there were formatting problems with the publishing of my book “The Kid Inside Bible Stories”. We have now fixed those problems and added a new cover. I was told by Amazon that previous buyers should get a notification about the new version and be updated for free. I am somewhat suspect about that because I had to purchase a new version (after deleting the old one from my Kindle). I then had to call Amazon to get a refund on the previous purchase. Please let me know if you experience any issues getting the updated version.
I took that opportunity to offer another story that have been sitting around on my hard drive for awhile and see if it would be accepted for publication. They were. I think you might enjoy reading it.
It is called “The Haircut”. It is about a time long ago when instead of a lazy summer vacation day…well, I let you read it.
Please take a few moments to read it and let me know what you think.
I posted a fun little short story over at http://www.short-story-time.com/the-baby.html. Take a look…
One of the great things about publishing online is that you can fix things that didn’t turn out quite right. When my book “The Kid Inside Bible Stories” was first published, we discovered that the cover was not as good as it could have been. We also discovered that there were formatting issues inside the book as well. Today an updated cover has been issued and soon we will have a re-formatted version of the book available. Stay tuned for details.
You can see the new cover here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007BGZMGI