The Living Library

“The Living Library”

This week’s issue of The Gracie Press Newsletter was sent out yesterday morning. if yours did not arrive in your email “inbox,” you may want to check your “junk” or “spam” folders.

The drawing above is this week’s cover image, The story excerpt centers around songbirds. My day begins with listening to the songbirds in the early dawn while I am making a breakfast salad for my chickens. It ends with listening to the songbirds in the evening while I sit under the camellias and enjoy time with my chickens. Songbirds play an important role in our stories, and you can read more about their secret lives in “The Living Library”! Hopefully it will spark your imagination. To subscribe, just go to newsletter.GraciePress.com and provide your email address.

I have tried to keep “My Life With Gracie” as true to actual events as I can, but maybe hindsight really is better that foresight. “My Life With Gracie” started as a kind of journal with cartoon illustrations. I’ve included photos of all the chickens in “My Life With Gracie” so people would know they are real chickens, not fictional chickens. I included Blanche’s death in several posts here. Her death was even the mid-point of How To Explain Christmas To Chickens.

But maybe what I share with “Gracie Press” doesn’t have to be limited by time or real events. (Doesn’t that sound odd coming from someone whose books are categorized as fiction?!) With “Gracie Press,” my six little girls, including Blanche, can continue to have adventures for as long as I am able to draw them and write about them.

I like that, and this week, the newsletter was signed differently. I signed it:

Thanks so much for reading!

John, Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, Pearl, Emily, and Amelia

It felt very good to include Blanche.

And so maybe “Gracie Press” is sort of a fresh start in a completely different way. The six little hens who I love so much will always be together. They will always dance and explore and spark the imaginations of new generations of readers. At least that is my hope now.

How does that sound to you?

The Biggest Scary Thing

“The Biggest Scary Thing”

This week’s issue of The Gracie Press Newsletter was sent out yesterday morning. if yours did not arrive in your email “inbox,” you may want to check your “junk” or “spam” folders.

The drawing above is this week’s cover image, and it introduces the next book we are working on and its working title. A new character, The Robin, is introduced in the story except of the newsletter. Throughout previous books, songbirds have interacted with my chickens just as they do in real life. The Robin is the first to be named and will have a few surprises in the coming weeks for my chickens and our readers. (Yes, there are some birds with secret lives!)

To subscribe, just go to newsletter.GraciePress.com and provide your email address. You will get an email with a “Confirm subscription now” button. Select that, and you’re all set! Gracie and Bessie and all the others in our little flock will be heading for your email box about once a week with our latest news, stories, illustrations, special offers, and free gifts!

We are getting close to the three-year anniversary of “My Life With Gracie,” and we will likely end our posting through WordPress at that time. I am looking to cut down on expenses like the WordPress annual fee and to make the sharing process less complicated and outside of social media.

The biggest reason for wanting to move to “Gracie Press” and newsletter has to do with Gracie herself. She is slowing down and needing my help much more than before. (She never fully recovered from the foot injury she had last year.) I know one day “My Life With Gracie” will be only memories. Using “Gracie Press” as a book imprint, website, and newsletter instead of “My Life With Gracie” seems the best way to continue sharing the goodness I will always see in her heart once that day comes.

Happy Hatchday, Gracie and Bessie!

April 25th is Hatchday for Gracie and Bessie, and we want to celebrate! They are both four years old today. If you are counting the way chickens count, that’s one foot and one toe!

This morning, we launched The Gracie Press Newsletter! The content will be much like what you will find here at MyLifeWithGracie.com but it will be viewable in the safety of an email. That’s good for children and chickens and maybe grown-ups too!

As a special bonus, we will be giving away a copy of our most recent book, A Most Wondrous Place, to three randomly selected subscribers to our newsletter.

Anyone who signs up for our newsletter between April 25th and May 25th will be eligible!

Delivery will be through Amazon to any address that can receive Amazon packages. (This can be your delivery address or the address of someone else who might appreciate this special gift.)

To subscribe, just go to newsletter.GraciePress.com and provide your email address. You will get an email with a “Confirm subscription now” button. Select that, and you’re all set! Gracie and Bessie and all the others in our little flock will be heading for your email box about once a week with our latest news, stories, illustrations, special offers, and free gifts!

We are getting close to the three-year anniversary of “My Life With Gracie,” and we will likely end our posting through WordPress at that time.

I am looking to cut down on expenses (like the WordPress annual fee) and make the sharing process less complicated and outside of social media.

The newsletter will be through Revue. Their composing tools are much easier to use than what is currently available through WordPress, and Revue is free! As an added bonus, when you go to newsletter.GraciePress.com, you can view all “Previous Issues” in a simple one-page layout. Why not check it out now?!?