Year ago I wrote my version of God’s Three Trees, a traditional Appalachian Christmas story, and posted it to my site. Along with the PDF file sharing the text with other parents and grandparents I included an MP3 of me reading the story. And those actions have long since dropped from my radar.
Earlier in the month I heard from a distraught mom (my daughter, Amanda) whose daughter (my granddaughter, Fern) only wants to listen to Grandpa’s story on the drive to school. Amanda has grown weary of listening to the tree story over and over. “Dad, I think we’re going to need more audio books by Grandpa!”
We pinged texts back and forth as I realized I can and should do something to address the cravings of Fern, my devoted fan. I have the technology at my desk to record audio (not studio quality but decent), a website I can easily expand to provide data to anyone who has an interest and a growing collection of original children’s stories I add to on from time to time. Long term I hope to publish these, possibly with illustrations, but who knows?
In the meantime COVID-19 has driven us to our homes where I know many parents are fraying a bit at the edges. I hope I can help.
I have created the Story Corner on the NicholsNotes site (https://nicholsnotes.com/story-corner/) where you will find the story collection, each in both PDF and MP3 formats. Take a look. Read or listen to a couple, and if you find the content to be worthwhile please share the link with distraught parents who are seeking quality entertainment during this unplanned confinement. I will be adding more in days to come.
Sharing this work is one way we at NicholsNotes can help others during an unsettling time, but we need your help to get the word out. Thank you for your support!
You are loved!
John and Shawn