About this project
Text from Pages 11 and 12
Meanwhile out in the thirsty fields, beneath the full moon's light, Mother Nature sent her breeze, to cool the farm that night.
As the crops soon felt, this gift she sent, 'twas the cooling of the day, they found their meditative groove, and they slowly began to sway.
'Cause the breeze from Mother Nature's lungs, it's tailor made for plants, you know that groovy inner feeling, you feel before you dance?
Same with plants, they're beings TOO, from their heads down to their shoots. They grow and go and dream their dreams and ground themselves with roots.
Pages 13 and 14
So like a chorus line and a choir of glee, the beans began singing with the sycamore trees.
And with a ruckus so grand from the tunes they'd made, the peas puckered up to the point they prayed.
When-in-a-farm-fresh-frenzy with their husk teased out, the pretty corn they danced all night, to end the summer's drought.
Then the gallivanting cat that rarely made it past the stoop, was now dancing with the chickens near the chicken wire coop.
And the heard of nervous cattle normally calm within their daze, were now mooing with their bull for some greener grass to graze.
Pages 15 and 16
Fretting more than ever on her walk the next morn' Franny couldn't help but notice all the silk from corn,
Nor the strings from the beans or the pods now missing peas or the shiny summer leaves from the sycamore trees.
"What a mess!" Franny said as she roamed the fields beyond, walking along the fence toward the skinny-dipping pond.
So the little farm that danced for rain had scattered her some clues, but all she saw was rainless night and the drought beneath her shoes.
Pages 17 and 18
Well the noon soon bloomed, like on many days before, with the farm looking weaker and the rain-chance poor.
Franny felt discouraged as she went about her day, madder than the dickens at the fickle summer ways.
With her land so parched that the crops couldn’t grow, With all hope placed in farmer dreams, now dying row-by-row.
So for all afternoon and for hours on end, Franny couldn’t pray and she wasn’t feeling Zen.
She wanted to sit, meditate, and pray, but her mind wouldn’t have it she had lost her way.
She was angry. She was tired and so very full of fear, 'Cause what would she do with no crop this year?
No food in the pantry, no grain in the barn, no feed for the chickens, darn, darn, darn.
Farmer Dreams is a colorful teaching tale of Franny Dempsey, a organic farmer gal in the Deep South, who is struggling to keep the faith during a long summer's drought.
After much fuss and worry over what she fears might happen if the water runs out, Franny turns toward her dreams one fateful night and discovers the inner poetry and self love she never knew she had. She gets back the Hope she lost and quickly learns how she is connected to every living being on the farm through the great love she feels deep inside.
If you ever wanted to learn the art of meditation, OR you've dreamed of coming to a place in your life where you can calm yourself down and find hope in the face of adversity, OR, if you simply want to pass this brand of love and peace onto a child in your life (even if it's your Inner Child) then Farmer Dreams in the book for YOU!!!!
Suggested AGE GROUP - Kids 1 to 111
Here is a bit of the STORY BOARD PROCESS
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We have had some fun with the illustrations, using a few of them as the template for our reward section.
Have fun with all this, and enjoy the FARM !!!
DREAM SEQUENCE Desktop Background PDF and Farmer Dreams E-BOOK (see reward images below)
A note from Author Roland Wise
Howdy there folks,
This picture book teaches children (and adults alike) the tremendous power held within the smallest of dreams, or in the case of the mustard greens, the smallest of seeds.
As this book matures into the love I always hoped it would represent, I am connecting with what it means to have (and grow) my own writerly dreams and I am struck with the outpouring of love I'm receiving regarding this project.WOW! I am so appreciative of all the kind words, they are such reminders of how many amazing folks I am blessed to know and have in my life.
I believe with all my heart we each hold a dear, sweet, world changing truth somewhere inside. And perhaps this truth is like the mustard, planted in the deepest parts of our very own special brand of potential, but its there nonetheless, if I don't know anything, I do know that, and it seems this seed cracks open to grow under the pressure of our commitment to being conscious, which is what I seek for myself, and hope for each of you.
With so much love,
The manuscript, by Roland Wise, is written in a super, fun rhyming manner, which comes alive as you read along, discovering the vivid details of the watercolor illustrations by Terri Kelleher.
Risks and challenges
WOW, what a trip this project has been. There are several challenges to publishing a children's book. And while none of these obstacles are deal breakers, they are natural to the publishing world, and sort of par for the course.
Book quality is a big one. We want to make sure we have the best printer, and the book is of high quality. Samples have come from several printing companies, and we have chosen the best product in both color and book construction.
Another major part of this project was the layout and design phase. We did all that prior to any of the sketches, and certainly well before any of the watercolors, because we wanted to make sure everything fit perfectly, and there were no surprises.
The story board process was amazing (see one example above) as it really made the book start coming alive, even though I draw a pretty skinny stick farmer version, it helps me further design the set, much like you would think a movie is made, making sure trees on the farm don't hang too low and get in the way of text, and things like that.
With Layout pretty much done, when this project funds, we will go to press almost immediately. So the books should ship pretty soon after. We might have to let them "cool down" a bit - haha - but the hope is to get them shipped mid December.
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