An Octopuses Garden

Underwater Photo of OctopusI have been out Diving with Dave to collect more underwater photography for the book. The images we are gathering are amazing! For several of them we are using the iGills enclosure for iPhone, which has produced some rather remarkable photos of underwater sea life.

Among my favorites are photos of an octopus that we came upon. These are beautiful creatures and seem to be studying you back when you encounter one. They can change color rapidly and are truly amazing to see up close and personal.

We found this one just outside of Shark’s Cove on the North Shore of Oahu.

I am working on the photographs for the book, and will start illustrations of the sea creatures in the story. We have a ways to go, but things are starting to get exciting as we collect images, plan the pages, and work on the layout. Stay tuned!



Dad And Me Under The Sea Book App

I am starting yet another new book app story called Dad And Me Under The Sea.

This is the first rhyming story in my collection that is 100 percent non-fiction. It really happened!

I was in Hawaii with my family and was getting my young son excited to go snorkeling with me. He was very young at the time, and a bit apprehensive. He finally gained enough courage to join me on an underwater adventure, so we donned our snorkels and fins, and headed out together to see what we could find.

We saw some amazing things! I was so proud that he was able to overcome his fear, and so thrilled that we were able to see so many wonderful animals. It has become a benchmark event for our family that we bring up whenever we talk about being brave and taking risks (like saying ‘hello’ to a new friend, or riding a bike for the first time), and the wonderful things you can achieve if you can muster the courage to take the first step.

This book is also a fun one for boys and girls alike; my two boys love it, and even my wife loves to hear it often; it’s a lot of fun! Keep an eye on this page, and I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

In the meantime, keep an eye on my nearly-finished pirate book app called The Day I Became A Pirate, soon to be available from TaleSpring. Also, watch for news on my other book app projects; One Day In The Grass, a story of a brave young girl who meets some friends on a whimsical day, and My Ride With The Alien, a story about a brave young girl who takes an exciting ride around the solar system.