Submitted Another Hardcover For “Not All Girls Play With Dolls” For Approval

Hello Everyone!

Well we made it to Friday, my friend!! Cheers for surviving another week and making it to the weekend!! What are your weekend plans on your side of the globe? Whatever they are, I hope they are absolutely what you want to do. I’m working on the audio version of the book, working on another podcast episode release, and self improvement. I’m trying to continue to work on alternate day fasting in an effort to lose more weight and get ready for the summer. Another highlight of the weekend is another date on Sunday. As of this entire past week, I have been working on trying to get the cover approved for the hardcover version of “Not All Girls Play With Dolls”. Sadly, I have not released many blog posts this week. As I stated in an earlier blog post this week, this hardcover release has been a top priority for me. I’m not a graphic artist so this has been a huge challenge figuring out how to get it approved!! As it is, I was required to create a minimum of 75 pages for the hardcover version. Thankfully, I figured out how to use the “erase background” feature on http://www.Canva.com since I needed to shrink the cover photo to fit within the required parameters. I uploaded an illustration with a blank background. I changed the blue background to purple. I initially wanted to keep it as blue since it is a girl doing boy stuff. After some thinking about it, I said let’s go with purple since it is a story about a girl’s journey. Why does she have to fit in a boy’s or a girl’s box? Why can’t she be her own person with preferences that just don’t follow anyone else?? Let me know your thoughts on the color choice? I’m interested in hearing your take on the color choice for what is known as my journey as a “tomgirl”. I grew up being known as a tomgirl and I didn’t mind when it was said to me. I think some were trying to shame me for being a girl who just liked to do guy things. For anyone unaware of the term, it is what people call girls who really prefer to do boy activities. For some of us, we dress like boys or just like to do boy activities. I felt like dolls were boring to me. For some, it’s a phase and for others, it’s just who they are for life. I never understood the term as a little girl. Yes, I want to do what I want to do. It doesn’t belong in a category. It just so happens to be things that boys also like to do. As a kid who grew up in the 1980’s, I will never forget the conversation I had with my mom and step dad about wanting a pink BMX! I wanted it in the worst way!!! It made ZERO sense why this didn’t even exist. It made no sense why it couldn’t be painted the way I wanted either. They “tried” to kill my spirit but I wouldn’t let them. Since it didn’t exist in that era, I ended up getting a blue bike that had tassels and a basket. The tassels and basket immediately went in the garbage. I even figured out how to take my chain guard off. I wanted it to look as close to a boy’s bike as much as possible. My step brother Michael used to call me a “lil’ spit fire” as a teenager since we clashed a lot. I didn’t just accept his words at face value. It really didn’t occur to me that my mindset was not typical on a global scale back in the 1980’s. The funny thing is I hear the term “boss bitch” being thrown around like a buzz word nowadays. You don’t speak it into existence gurl, you just BE it!! It doesn’t require a bunch of pomp and circumstance either. You either have it in your spirit or you don’t.

I thank you for stopping by my blog post where I am sharing my repeated attempts at getting my hardcover approved. As much as I get frustrated, I will keep at it until I get the approval that I seek. I will try to not bombard you will all of the obstacles faced; just an overview of the road to future success! Thanks for dedicating just a sliver of your time today. Go ahead and let me know, in the comment section below, how hard was it for you to create your hardcover version of your book? I’m not satisfied with the current version so I’m hoping no one buys it in the meantime. I will be happier once the newest version is approved. Right now the existing version is stressing me out by being there. I’m glad I changed the color from blue to purple since the book is about a young girl who follows her own path and natural God-given talents. I’m still welcoming any creative input on the book if you have something to offer. I’m always interested in hearing fresh, creative perspectives I haven’t previously considered. At this point of this book, I’m not likely to change anything since I’m “done” with the entire process. However, my eyes and ears still work to hear a person out. I’m still sharing my latest (8) podcast episodes that are listed down below from The Verbally Disastrous Podcast, via links for Spotify & YouTube down below. If you are into reading on a Kindle, check out my newest short story release that belongs to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library short story series on Amazon down below. This new short story #11 is entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. The previous short story is #10 is entitled, “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. If anyone has read any of my other previous short stories, by all means, let me know what you think? Check out the links for my book #ConstructionTales down below. Sadly, I’m still working on the audio version of Not All Girls Play With Dolls. It has been a huge challenge finding a quiet space to create the audio version. I’m sharing with you this hardcover submission update post while juggling my work duties. Go carefully make your way back to your Friday tasks now that I have satisfied your curiosity for the moment. Have yourself a great morning/afternoon/evening on your side of the globe and a restful or productive day!

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Link To Construction Tales: Volume I: A Woman’s Journey To Become An Electrician (Paperback & Kindle) On Amazon:

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Verbally Disastrous! Season #1, Episode #43: Part A- Tramping In Cali! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous! Season #1, Episode #44: Part B- Tramping In Cali! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous! Season #1, Episode #45: Part C- Tramping In Cali! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous! Season #2, Episode #46:Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice On YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Podcast! S#2, Ep. #47: Part A- Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Podcast! S#2, Ep. #48: Part B- Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Podcast- S#2, Episode #49: Just Released Not All Girls Play With Dolls!! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Podcast- S#2, Episode #50: My First 7 Weeks As A Site Safety Manager on YouTube:

I recently shared my latest short story that has been loaded up to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library on Amazon. This is short story #11 entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. I share the various challenges I faced and lessons learned along the way. The previous short story is entitled: #10: “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. I decided to write about some life lessons such as guarding your personal information, managing nasty rumors, combating sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism. Overall, the construction culture has improved dramatically over the past 25-years. Developing both a thick skin and a sharp tongue are key tools needed to survive various jobsite antics. I hope you learn something from this short story. There are more to come. These short stories are now also available as Verbally Disastrous podcast episodes.

Construction Tales- Told By A Woman: (11) Kindle Vella Short Stories On Amazon!!

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Cheers!
Leslie M. Jasper

-Author And Host of the #VerballyDisastrous podcast now alive on many platforms that include: Acast, Amazon Music, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Castbox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, I Heart Radio, Listen Notes, Overcast, Pandora Podcasts, Player FM, Pocket Casts, Pod Bean, Podchaser, Podcast Addict, Podcast Gang, Radio Public, Reason, Soundcloud, Soundtrap, Spotify, Stitcher, Tune In, and YouTube.

-The Audio Blog: Verbally Disastrous Podcast And Construction Tales Blog. Now available on: Acast, Amazon Music, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Castbox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, I Heart Radio, Listen Notes, Overcast, Pandora Podcasts, Player FM, Pocket Casts, Pod Bean, Podchaser, Podcast Addict, Podcast Gang, Radio Public, Reason, Soundcloud, Spotify, Stitcher, and Tune In.

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