Good days come and go…but I alway seem to return to when I feel like my art just isn’t good enough to do what I want to do with it. I’m very happy to be where I am and with what I have accomplished so far, but I wish I was a little further along. I feel I lack the skills needed to accomplish what I need to do in my art to push myself forward. I lack the finances needed for school, so I’m diving head-first into YouTube and other sites for my education. I’ve learned a lot, but it’s not the same as a classroom setting, tools in hand and someone personally showing me what I’m doing.
I’ve given up I don’t know how many times. I throw my pencil or brush down in frustration and tell myself that I’ve reached my end. I want to pack up all of my art supplies; my pencils, pens, brushes, canvases, paint…and just chuck them in the dumpster. But I can’t. No matter how much I want to quit, I can’t bring myself to rid myself of creating art. No matter how bad I think it is, those good days still come along once in a while to pull me back in.
Things are going pretty good. I’m getting things set up through various sites, trying to get myself out there. So far, I’ve set up my author page on Lulu Press, Goodreads, and Amazon. I’ve had awesome comments from family and friends, and I’ve had many people interested in buying my book. It’s awesome!
Hopefully, in February my new children’s book, Koko’s Secret Treasure, will be out. I’m going to shoot for around February 11th, which is my birthday, to release it. I have lots of art still to draw, but it’s shaping up nicely, and it looks like I might make my deadline.
Though I sell myself short because my book is self-published, I can’t explain the joy of having a book published and actually having people buy it. It’s amazing!
The Snake Hunter is about Eli Tecumseh, a young Shawnee boy who dreams of being a brave water protector like his dad, who is away fighting the “black snakes” that are destroying Mother Earth.
Eli teaches us the dangers of oil pipelines and the importance of the one source that all things on earth share and need to survive; water. There is no alternative to water and without it all things on earth will perish.
Water is sacred, water is medicine, water is LIFE!!
The book is dedicated to my son Eli Tecumseh, from who the main character took his name; to my wife, Amy, who is my motivation to keep writing, when I just feel like giving up; and last, but not least, the land and water protectors of Mother Earth. Without the water warriors, our waters would have long been polluted and/or dried up. So, thank you!
This is my first book and it was self-published through Lulu Press (www.lulu.com), a self-publishing website for anyone who wishes to get that one story they’ve been working on published and distributed through major online stores, such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
I have a couple more titles coming out in the next few months, and I can’t wait to share them.
I am a father, a husband, and an aspiring Shawnee artist. I want to be the best father I can be for my son, the best husband I can be for my wife, and the best Shawnee I can be for my people.
Neyiwa! Thank You!