I am blessed with some amazing people in my life and this is a perfect time to thank them for their help and support.
Although I would love to thank all my family and friends, I limited my published thank yous to people who read, commented, and discussed this story – or I would need an entire volume to properly appreciate everyone. (Some people want to remain anonymous. I respect their wishes.)
In Real Life:
First, last, and always, every day, my sweet husband is there. Whether things are going well, or a complete disaster, he is there beside me.
Thank you Sweetie, for editing the entire book with me, your excellent suggestions and ideas, and learning how to format the book so I can spend more time and effort writing.
My three children who encouraged me to start another career, possibly so they will not have to support me in my old (older lol) age! Seriously, they are wonderful.
I love my children, of course, but I actually like them as people too.
When I published Inside a Wish and CRISIS COMPANY last year, I had eight grandchildren. Now I have ten! Some of them are old enough to read my stories and share their ideas with me, but all of them inspire me, every day, to work for a better world where everyone is treated with respect and love, and allowed to strive for their dreams.
Pastor Rob and his loving wife who read and reread the chapter Discipline to make it clear and concise. Your relationship, and the way you respect and love your children is an example for everyone. Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedules to help me write a better story.
My Buddy, Jacob, who makes me laugh even on really bad days, and believes I will succeed, even when I want to throw my stories out the window. Thanks for the encouraging words, and actually doing something to make my dreams come true.
My main contribution to the front cover of this book is to have the sense to say, “Wow, what a great idea!” and frame the photograph well. Thank you to my Buddy, Zach, for sharing your energy, creativity and intelligence.
Some of people on this list have been my Buddies for almost three years now. We met playing on Wiglington and Wenks together. (Sadly, that virtual world is closed). We are still together on Twitter, and the wonderful worlds of MiniMonos.com and Tinkatolli.com.
One of my on-line Buddies (and we cannot remember whose idea it was but we all thought it was a GREAT idea) suggested the characters in my story should play on our favorite virtual worlds of Tinkatolli and MiniMonos. I wrote a new chapter and the kind people from those VWs allowed me to include it my book.
I play on and support both these virtual worlds because I believe they are safe places for kids to have FUN! The staffs are very good at listening to the players and implementing new and exciting updates. So if you join us on either of these VWs – remember things might have changed since I wrote about them.
No one from Tinkatolli or MiniMonos pays me for my opinion or to be added to my story. Just wanted to clear about that!
Many thanks to Andrea Deely (Eco-Mom) from MiniMonos for being a totally awesome human being and an incredible member of the MiniMonos Team.
Kevin McLean, from Tinkatolli, is one of those special people I feel privileged to know. Thank you.
And, of course, thanks to the entire Tinkatolli and MiniMonos Teams for allowing me to write about their superb virtual worlds for kids.
Jacob actively shares both my ‘real life’ and my ‘on-line’ worlds. Thank you, again.
To protect their privacy, most people in this section are identified only by their user names.
Thanks, and more thanks, for my volunteer editors. They read my first draft, and let me know I needed to do some serious re-writing!
Then they read the book again!
You guys are amazing and wonderful and I appreciate you very much:
Beny – whose excellent ability to communicate clearly is always appreciated.
DarkPanther – thanks for reminding me what is truly important in life.
Neville – my number one fan who is always impatient to read my next story.
Yawn – who is ready to read all the books I ever write.
Writing is usually a very private occupation but one afternoon, while writing, I asked for some help on Twitter. What an enthusiastic discussion we had about daps. Did you know those fist bumping greetings vary by region?
Thanks to these knowledgeable Twitter users –
and guess who? Jacob, of course, who sent us the link for all the information we could ever want on daps!
THIS SECTION IS IN PROGRESS!!
Please make sure you like what I wrote! Happy to make changes! And PLEASE let me know if I missed anyone. Assume I had a ‘golden moment’ of forgetfulness and make sure I thank you!!
These are in totally random order!
Here are some delightful people from my on-line community who brighten my days:
mpeanut 96 – who helps me remember why I write
pixieone 09 – my faithful Buddy for ‘fun Fridays’
MonsterRobert97 – overflowing with encouragement and useful information
Jmann93’s #1 fan – and one of my fans too
Levi – always great to know you read my Tweets
MMCheats with Edge – FUN times together on Tinkatolli
Dorian 1453 – shares his amazing talent with us
Sandano – Twitter and Tinktolli buddy
PDS Obey Me – many wonderful evening/afternoon chats
coolpatriot – thanks for the lovely dinners and Bakery tour
Lukey GFX – excellent proofreader
imaBchimp – a very special Buddy
Cherry – wonderfully cheerful Tinka
Aata – waited for this book a long time
DuderPhillies – great to see you on my Twitcams and Tinkatolli
Penguitt – helpful master player of Tinkatolli
Nevillemore – my #1 fan!
Matt – incredible graphics master
miniJghRocks – butterfly master of Minimonos
Hamish – Lady Gaga is amazing, dedicated to her fans and intelligent!
iStorm – you will see his wonderful graphics in the paperback edition
Daaviid – a pleasure to see on Tinkatolli and Twitter
Virtual Zane – who gives me very real support
Loki Terry – for inspirational words when I need them
11GreenDayfan – appreciates my creativity
Dylan – for all the intelligent questions
MicroMaster99 – great cheering section
HisupPD – sharing his creativity on Tinkatolli
Mikep01 – co-creator of some awesome on-line games
pen50gi – retweets to share important news