Lauren is a nail-biting, overweight, underachieving TV cartoon addict who surprises her parents and four “jock” siblings when she evolves into a self-confident sixth grader, transformed by her skill with a Frisbee and encouraged by her relationship with a retired football coach who becomes her mentor. The story addresses physical fitness, intergenerational friendship and sibling rivalry.
“Frisbee Dreams emphasizes the importance of developing friendships, finding one’s potential, and the need people have for each other. Readers will see the value of working hard on a skill, making tough choices and working to develop a positive sense of self. And they’ll learn a good bit about Frisbee as well."
-- Seraina Gessler, teacher
Frisbee Dreams has been an enormously long time in coming. So long in fact, that my son, who loved playing with a Frisbee as a kid and who inspired the story, is about to turn 52.
That is not a typo.
What took me so long? Like so many people I know, I love to write. I always have. I can’t not do it. I’d like to think that I am better at writing than I am at jumping through a
series of painful hoops to shepherd a story from the depths of my computer into the light of day.
Anyone who’s tried it will understand. After a while, you give up and stash your words away in a file somewhere. That’s what I did until I decided to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the world of self-publishing.
Time was, if you “self-published” it meant that you had a big ego and were willing to do almost anything to see your words in print. It was commonly referred to as “vanity” publishing.
Today some of that stigma has disappeared and self-publishing has become much more accessible and acceptable. For better and for worse.
For me, the self-publishing journey has been a great adventure filled with some tension, frustration and stress, but mostly a learning experience I’m happy to have undertaken.
It’s never been about the money. It’s about wanting to share a story—in this case with middle grade young people—that I hope will engage and entertain them. If, along the way, they take away something more than that, all the better.
Frisbee Dreams is a simple story—no zombies, vampires or dystopia—just a bit of imagination intended to make most anything possible.
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