If you are considering becoming a children’s book author or illustrator.. of both as did Donald Lloyd Jr..then I recommend you read this post…it will be just the encouragement you need. Guest post on Splashes into Books
Guest Post by Donald Lloyd Jr – about his experiences in 2020
I am very happy to welcome Donald Lloyd Jr,
author of The Adventures of Monkey and Toad: Two Remarkable Friends
here today and to share with you his Guest Post.
Read on to discover more about him, his inspirational 2020 and
a chance to read again my 5* review for his children’s book!
Becoming a children’s book author and illustrator:
A roundabout story during the Covid-19 pandemic
by: Donald Lloyd Jr.
We are in unprecedented times! I do not believe that there is a person on this planet that would disagree with that statement. In times like these we find out a lot about ourselves and those around us. My year did not start off the greatest. In January I lost my job and began my unemployment journey. Little did I know that a few short months later 2020 would change and put the majority of us in the same boat? For me the question now became “how do I help provide for my family from home when everyone else is doing the same?” My answer, write a children’s book!
I have long enjoyed art and the majority of the creative arts were not in my purview given where I grew up. My hometown was not large, it was isolated from a lot of other towns and creative arts were not as valued as sports. I know, it sounds like every other town right now! Despite all of this I continued drawing and writing and pushing me to be more exposed to things like the theater, written word, media for drawing or painting. What I came away with was a new view of a world full of colors and people that I never knew existed. My world was no longer the black and white world of a child but a world with grays, blues, purples and every other color imaginable or not yet imagined. My eyes were opening wider than ever before!
Now this new appreciation for the world came at a cost. Since the world is all about balance I found out that with all of the good I started to see I became increasingly more aware of the bad. I once heard a quote that made me stop and think, “He who increases knowledge increases sorrow.” While I believe this to be true I do not make it a point to live my life this way. Moreover I do not raise my kids this way. I believe in exposing my kids to all sorts of things both good and bad. I do not believe in sheltering them completely because if they are to become stewards of the world we need to show them the world they will inherit good and bad. It saddens me to see everything going on during a time when we should all be banding together to help each other through this time. When do we get back to being “we” instead of “me?”
Head over to read the post in full… thanks Sally.