How did I Come to Write Tadeo Turtle?
I am grateful for God’s leading. In 2001 after giving my life to Jesus I started on a whirlwind experience of reading my Bible, attending studies, listening closely to God and answering His call.
For the past 11 years I have studied writing, attended courses, learned, networked and got better at writing. I became more serious about my watercolour.
Last winter a story about a turtle came to me … really, the words just flowed. I had been studying about how important we are in God’s eyes. I thought that children needed to hear that message at a young age.
Thus Tadeo Turtle was born. In my art class I started to draw and paint Tadeo. However, at that time he had the name of Leroy. When I had first written my poem the turtle’s name was Leroy. I switched to Tommy Turtle somewhere along the way.
When the writing, editing, checking, rechecking was done and all the watercolour pictures finished, I decided the best way to showcase my story at a writers’ conference would be to make it a picture book using Shutterfly (an on-line photo service for picture books). After working hard inputting all the pictures, checking the spelling, watching the placement of words I thought I could order the books. I placed an order for five books with Shutterfly.
Whew – that was done. About three hours later my husband asked me this question:
“Did you research the name “Tommy” to make sure there were no others “Tommys”?
PANIC…. real panic. NO I said.
Frantically I checked the Internet. Oh NO there were other Tommy Turtles. But I had ordered the books already. Could I stop them from being printed? Would Shutterfly let me cancel the order? I PRAYED.
I got on line with Shutterfly – chat room. YES. They could cancel the order even though it has a cancellation policy of 1/2 an hour.
Breathe… Jan… Breathe.
Now I had to find another name for my turtle. I checked all sorts of “T” names – some didn’t sound right; others were in use (some not nice turtles either).
Finally I went to baby names. As I glanced down the list – Tadeo – stood out. YES, that sounds right. And I looked at the meaning. “Praise”. I praised God for showing me how to name my turtle. And then I looked again and read that Tadeo is a short form for Thaddeus (one of Jesus’ disciples). What could be better?
I will tell you more about the route to publication later. But thanking God for the journey he has led me to. Praising and thanking Him for this opportunity.
It works now.
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