In this day and age, we are all guilty of needing instant gratification. It’s not our fault really, we are all victims of the fast paced, one click environment we live in. You can’t help but feel that if you are not “visibly” achieving a goal, you are not succeeding. Being at the top of the mountain is all we care about. For the most part, this is not a bad thing. Our focus and determination will affect our reality. But it’s important to remind ourselves that the process of how you get to where you are is just as important, if not more so. Most times the hardest experience will result in the greatest achievement. (I know this for a fact, his name is Logan.) It’s in the process where we grow, where we find out what we are made of. The only way to gain appreciation for coming through the proverbial “it” – is to go through it.
Now we have all be through hard times, I am sure of it. But the process I am referring to in this moment, is publishing our book. The process is hard. Aside from the actual writing of the book which was quite fun. The hours of editing, planning illustration, layout, the formatting, editing again and again. It was daunting and in all honestly, I didn’t know where to begin. But it felt soright. And that’s what was important . We began this “process” in 2013, and now here we are almost 5 years later, nearly finished, and I couldn’t be more excited. Writing Champ and Nessie has been a fantastic creative experience. It was truly a labor of love. Champ and Nessie has been a part of our lives and conversations for many years and we are so proud of what it has become.
You can do anything your heart desires if you approach it the right way. We have a beautiful book written for our son (he loves his character in the book!) It makes my heart smile to watch his reaction when he hears the story. We can’t wait to share it with the world!
Whatever is the truth, there is no denying that Nessie will intrigue the world for years to come.
The Loch Ness Monster is a mythical lake creature that is reported to live in the Highlands of Scotland, UK. There have been hundreds of ‘sightings’ of the monster since the 1930s, but there has been no evidence found that proves the Monster’s existence is true. George Spicer was the first modern day person to “see” this monster. Describing what he saw as a “dragon” over 4 feet high and 25 feet long! With a long neck that looked like an elephant’s trunk.
In 1934, the famous ‘Surgeon’s Photo’ was taken by Robert Kenneth Williams. This was the first photo to ever be taken of the Loch Ness Monster’s neck and head. It was later declared to be a hoax.
For us, Nessie has become a cute creature of fiction. She emulates kindness and friendship. Her character is special because she essentially is me. When Champ sets out across the sea in search of his friend, in essence he is looking for his purpose, his friend – his love.
Did you know that our subconscious does 90-95% of our daily thinking. Our skill set, action or behavior is all part of our success. If you become completely absorbed in something you wish to become and develop the necessary skill set to execute your desires, great results will follow! I am all about the Law of Attraction, but that is another story, for another day.
Mantra’s have always been my thing since reading The Power of the Subconscious Mind, by Dr. Joseph Murphy. His words are inspiring. I have the original 1963 Edition. The pages are tattered, and there are notes in the margins, yellow highlighter covering most of every page…yellow sticky notes peeking out every 10 pages or so marking some of my favorite titles. Every time I pick up this book, it amazes me how it still is relevant and resonates with me in a different way than it had in the past. For a book printed over 50 years ago, its principals and teachings have managed to evolve through the years. It has lifted me up again and again at different stages of my life.
When you consciously believe something and generate a thought about that thing, your subconscious will try to align itself with it. This means that your subconscious will do whatever it can to make a reality what you just thought. No matter what your age or phase of life you are in now, it can always be better. That is what life is all about…growth.
If you want to change any part of your life, buy this book.
Zeb and I met many years ago working together in the Emergency Room at a local Hospital. We worked together for over a year before we actually got together. I knew when I first met him that he was a special person. I still remember the day our Director of Nursing walked him through the ER to give him a tour. He was turning heads around every corner! Everyone thought he was so handsome. It wasn’t until a year later, we went out with a group of friends, Zeb and I spent most of the night talking and laughing. We realized we had a lot of the same interests, and things just took off from there. We both knew right away that we had found something pretty amazing. Less than a year later we were engaged. We just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary on April 30th.
Happy Nurse week to all the nurses out there! You are amazing, and I know first hand what you do is not easy!
Lake Champlain is a natural freshwater lake in North America. It is mainly within the borders of Vermont and New York, but it does partially stretch across the Canada-US border.
“Champ” the Lake Champlain monster was allegedly first spotted in 1609, by Samual de Champlain. He claimed to see a lake monster that was silver-grey with a large mouth and sharp. dangerous teeth. Native Americans claimed to have seen similar monsters. But the creature is considered to be folklore, and the legend of the monster is a draw for tourism and generating revenue. There is even a “Champ Day” held on the first Saturday of every August in the Village of Port Henry.
Over the years there have been over 300 reported sightings!
A plesiosaurus is an extinct, large marine reptile that lived during the early part of the Jurassic period. It is distinguished by its small head and long, slender neck. In short, the name of this reptile means “almost lizard.” One of the most interesting facts about a plesiosaurus is that despite having a large awkward body they were very good swimmers. They had a muscular and stocky torso, a short tail, and four large flippers that allowed them to propel through the water at great speed. They were twice as long as a horse and weighed around 1000 pounds! Although this creature could spend a considerable amount of time submerged beneath the water hunting squid, plesiosaurs could not breath under water. They had to come to the surface to draw air.
Our book journey began back in 2014 when we decided it was time to start a family. After many months of failed attempts, endless trips to the fertility doctor, and about 100 blood tests later, our spirits were low and we were feeling defeated. One day my husband, the king of great ideas, came home from work and told me he wrote a story. He told me he wrote a quick draft specifically for me, so that I could write a children’s book. As an English major I never planned to be what I am today, an Executive Assistant. Although I wear many hats at work, it’s not the most creatively driven job in the world. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and I have my sweet husband to thank for being so persistent and making this book happen. Maybe a writing career is on the horizon. Our little miracle baby (AKA Logan the dolphin in our story) is a little over 3 years old. Things have been very crazy, but the dream of getting our story published never died. Fast forward 5 years later, here we are, on the verge of publishing our book. I have read Logan the story, he loves his character. Seeing his face light up, to watch him be excited to see his character illustrated when at the time he was just a dream in our hearts is truly fulfilling. I hope you will love Champ and Nessie as much as we do!
Zebulan (Zeb) Frayne is a United States Air Force Veteran, Registered Nurse, loving Husband, dedicated Father and an Eagle Scout. He has always enjoyed the simple pleasure and transcendence that reading a book can give you. He and his wife Sherry live in New Jersey with their two crazy dogs, and wonderful son.
Champ and Nessie is the couple’s first children’s book. They are inspired to write more adventures. The inspiration for this story came when the couple could not conceive a child. Zeb wanted to write a story for his wife and unborn son. This book is the epitome of love. It is a heartwarming journey of two characters that show that with persistence you can overcome any hardship. His characters are clever and fearless. Along the way, the prehistoric pals overcome many challenges and learn the value of teamwork and friendship. Zeb is passionate about inspiring kids to not give up, and to always follow your heart.