Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Have you ever had one of those days…

You burn your mouth on your morning coffee. Traffic makes you late for work. Your funny joke is met with blank stares. You lock your keys in your car. Your roommate used the last of the clean dishes.

Everything just seems to go wrong.

That is a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

That term may sound familiar to those of you who are fans of children’s books.

Author Judith Viorst wrote a great kids book titled Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, in which a young boy named Alexander had the worst day you can imagine.

He wakes up with gum in his hair. He doesn’t find a prize in his cereal (but his brothers do). He forgets the number 16 when he is counting. The dentist finds that he has a cavity. His brother pushes him in the mud. He has lima beans for dinner (and he hate lima beans).

And those are only a few of the rotten things that happen during the day.

Throughout the book Alexander mentions that he wants to move to Australia. He seems to think that all bad days can be avoided simply by moving to Australia.

Sorry to spoil the ending of the book, but his mom assures him that everybody has bad days, even people who live in Australia.

Sometimes when I am having a bad day I will feel like Alexander. I will want to move to Australia or Mars or somewhere else far away to escape my problems. But like Alexander learned, bad days just happen. And they happen everywhere. You can’t move away to escape them, you just have to plow through them.

Today I am thankful for Alexander.

I am sorry he had such a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, but I am glad that he learned from his day. I am thankful that I can learn from his day (and my bad days) as well.

I Need Your Help

I am excited to share with you the news that I have written a children’s book titled, Maury C. Moose and The Forest Noel.  The book features many puns, rhymes and quirky animal characters and is written for parents and kids to enjoy together! I am in the process of self publishing and in order to help offset some of the costs, I have created a Kickstarter campaign (or a Bakestarter campaign).

I can’t wait to bring this book to life but I could use your help.

If you are not familiar with Kickstarter, it is an online platform and resource used to help fund creative projects.  Since their launch in 2009, more than 4.6 million people have pledged over $754 million, funding more than 47,000 creative projects. This support is not charity. Every project offers a range of rewards that backers receive in exchange for their support.

My funding goal is $5,000 over the next 30 days. By reaching this goal, I will be able to cover the cost of editing, US copyright registration and additional items associated with getting the book into various bookstores.

If you are interested in learning more about my campaign, here’s how to get involved:

  • Click here to view my project
  • Check out my video and learn more about my book
  • If you find the book idea compelling, choose a rewards level which you would like to pledge
  • In order to pledge you will need to sign up for a kickstarter account (all they need is name, email address & a password)
  • You will submit payment through Amazon (you will need to create an Amazon account if you do not already have one)
  • Kickstarter is an all or nothing system, so you will not be charged until I meet my goal. If for some reason I fall short, you will not be charged a dime.
  • Tell your friends!

I realize that not everyone will be able to support financially and I completely understand. If you would like to help without spending any money, I can definitely use a hand in getting the word out. If you can share this with friends, family and any other contacts who might want to support a young author and receive a new book, I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks for your support. I will be sending out project updates letting everyone know how the campaign is going.