Friday, March 22, 2013

Doodle: A Story, A Book, A Chance To Help

The one really great thing about writing a blog is I can do anything I want with it. Now for those of you who stop by on a regular basis, I tend to complain. A lot. Alright, I tend to bitch about almost everything.

But not today.

Today I'm going to try to use the Force to do a little good. And I hope some of you will join in and help too.

A little over a year ago I really started getting involved with my blogs and subsequently, involved with other bloggers. Some of them I'm now proud to call friends. Some I've met, some I just know online, but it has been a real fun ride getting to know them and to read them.

One of my friends, Jim Wood, has written a children's book. Jim's friend Michele has done the illustrations. It's the story of a little girl and a dog and a life journey. But more about that later. Ashley is the fourteen-year-old daughter of Michele Quinn's close family friend. Ashley has been critically ill and in and out of the hospital for the last four months. All personal proceeds from the online sales of the book, "Doodle" from now until May will be donated to Ashley's Army.

So here's what I'm thinking. Well, first of all, buy a book. Or better yet, buy more than one. Even if you don't have a child, buy one. I did. You can buy one or more, and give it to a child you may know. Or donate it to your public library, school library, pediatric department of your local hospital, or just use your imagination.

Jim is a good guy, that much I know. He works hard for his family and for his craft. This is his first published book and its profits are being used to help someone else. It's not a lot of money, only $7 and with its profits going toward helping a family with a sick little girl, it's money well spent.

Doodle is a rhyming book told from the view of a little girl as she and her dog explore the world around them and wonder how things were made. Purchase a copy at:

Here's the link to read more about the story of how Doodle came to be: The Story of Doodle
The Doodle facebook page
Jim Wood's website: Go Jimmy Go

Please share or tweet or repost this blog to anyone and everyone you know. Let's just see what we can do.

From me, Jim, Michele and Ashley... Thanks.



  1. Of course am so very glad to help. Am sending all the best for this sweet little girl and am sure that every little bit helps. Have purchased a copy and will post to my blog's FB wall and tweet. XOXO

    1. Thank you so much Charlotte. It just makes sense to me that we use all these social networks and our blogs for fun most of the time. But we can also use them for something worthwhile. Really appreciate your support.

  2. I'll get on this monday. I think my youngest girls will dig this.

    Good job doing a good thing, goody goody Kath

    1. Excellent, thanks. We have a platform, silly not to use it. Even if Jim is a metalhead.

  3. Kat, I cannot thank you enough for spreading the word about Ashley and our book. Jim is a hero to me and I am so honored to be able to share this experience with him and his friends, too! From the bottom of my heart, I extend my gratitude!


    1. The honor is mine. You and Jim have done a good thing, I'm just happy to spread the word. I hope it helps. Good luck to you and to Ashley's Army.