This blog by Cher’ley Grogg
Cutting and pasting isn’t what it used to be, now it’s copying and pasting, but it’s still not easy. I find that it is both frustrating and calming at the same time.
Boys will be Boys—The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys is almost done. Just working on the cover and some formatting issues. The inside has been edited and put together very nicely. I’m designing the cover, and I sure hope the other 11 authors will love it. I never knew how much pressure would go into the making of an Anthology. I worry about pleasing everyone and of course I want to highlight each person. I think 12 is the perfect number of Authors. Two of them are our very own Writing Wranglers and Warriors, if you count me, then there are three. Frank and Mike both wrote some great stories and poems.
Each chapter begins with a little clip about my son during his 1st 12 years of life. This is from chapter 10:
When Tommy was ten years old, he soaked us all. We were at church, and they had a baptism service. It was so cold in the room where the service was being performed that the ice had to be broken on the tub. The preacher said, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. He then dunked Tommy under the water. When he rose he spewed water from his mouth like a fountain and then shook like a dog. So the people who didn’t get hit by the spray got soaked by the shake. Cher’ley
The chapters end with a Fable and Thoughts from Parents. These thoughts were collected from different parents and then copied and pasted into the right age group. Here’s an excerpt.
Thoughts from Parents
- Puberty starts anywhere from 9-14 and many changes take place.
- Let your son know that some people will think that he sounds like his mom when he answers the phone. His voice will go up, down, high, and low before it settles into the voice he will have as and an older boy.
- A boy will look at his armpits every day to see if he has at least one hair. It will be a day worthy of celebration when he discovers that hair.
- Super-sensitive area, down yonder has a lot of nerve endings — which make it extra-sensitive — so if a soccer ball accidentally whams into a boy in that spot; it really hurts. The good news is that these injuries are not usually serious, though a boy will usually feel pain and even could be nauseated for a while. But always use caution.
- Schools and doctors try to teach boys the correct words for their private parts, but it’s doubtful that they will use those words, so be ready for the slang words.
- If there isn’t a man in the house, let your son know that Mom’s know about men parts, or supply someone for him to talk to like a grandfather, uncle, or doctor. Boys have a lot of questions during the big changes their bodies go through. You could also go to the library together and look up his questions and then discuss them.
- Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. Proverbs 19:20 NLT
This is so much different than the way things used to be done. I used to create newsletters for our church and it took a lot of cutting and pasting. Then there were tricks you learned like using tape around the edges of a cut clip art to avoid the shadows. I still have a lot of rub on fancy letters (you had to use a tongue depressor or something like that to rub the letters onto the paper) and other kinds of stamps and stickers. I think I even still have some giant clip art books. Time to clean the file cabinets. *Smile*. I also have a zillion different kinds of pens and fancy papers, which I probably will never use again, but I can’t part with them.
After I put all the photos on the cover for the Anthology, I resized it sixteen times, before it was the proper size for the cover.
How about you? Has you creations changed a lot over the years? Do you still horde all your ink pens and fancy papers?
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