Update on Book Project



It’s been a while since my last chat with all of you. I really can’t believe I’ve been blogging for 5 months now. It feels as If I’ve been doing this for years…Ha!ha!

As I’ve mentioned before, trying to reach out to an audience is an incredible experience. Although, my focus is still for self pleasure, it’s impossible to ignore the addictive nature of blogging and trying to echo themes that an audience is tuned to. For

” the sound of silence,
is often louder than words,
the blogger knows well.”

Anyway, I just thought I’d write a few words to share my writing experience so far and to thank all of you who are participating in my writing explorations.

The words of support and appreciation, I’ve received, are part of what gives me strength in my development as a writer.

Some of you, who have read my home page, might be wondering what is happening with my much announced Children’s book project. Having made the bold statement of getting a book published before the end of 2014, I am beginning to feel a growing pressure to match my words with action.

When I first announced this, I wanted to set a goal, which I thought would be demanding enough but not totally unachievable . My view was quite simple at that time; to take a story from my children’s early childhood, evolve it a little, produce some illustrations and compile everything on Ms word and voila, a freshly baked book! Of course, I wasn’t that totally naïve, but I was confident I would muddle my way through all the challenges, as and when they occurred.

Suffice to say, the journey to self publishing a children’s picture book is proving to be a lot more challenging than that I had expected. Although, I am concentrating my efforts to getting the book complete, I may miss my set deadline.

After countless versions, hundreds of sketches and many hours of revisions, it’s only now that I am beginning to see the light. As both writer and for the main part the illustrator, I am constantly evolving my ideas; using the feedback from my support group, to help steer my creativity towards making something that will be both enjoyable to read and visually a bit different for a young audience.

The quality of what I produce may not necessarily match, totally, the more expensive, professionally published books, but I am determined to produce something of quality to the best of my abilities.

Without giving too much away, the story is for an audience between the age of 5 to 8 yrs. It’s about a greedy King “who has everything” and wanting more, who almost ruins his kingdom in his pursuit of his neighbour’s wealth. He eventually learns the value of friendship.

It has a bit of humour and magic thrown in.

These are examples of types of illustrations that will be found in my book.

Below is my sketch of the Warfoo King  expressing his anger towards Ringu.

Angry king
Followed by Ringu the Dingoo, the magical creature of the tale exercising his magical voice..


I am currently playing with “Calibre” trying to work out how to use it to load my work and create the desirable format. Once that’s done, I will produce a version that I can have reviewed.

That’s it for now. I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!!!

J M Lysun

The moon I love



Have you seen the light above,
how it shines so bright,
against the blackness of the night?

Though it pales compared to day,
in the night it makes a great display.

The moon I love,
high above,
is a gentle, caring moon.

To the children of the forest,
it never really comes too soon.

By bringing light to utter darkness,
shadows into play,
it brings pure magic some would say.

Mirror of the sun.
Force of wonder.

We the children of the sun,
who fear the night,
welcome your illumination.

Symbol of grace and clarity
always be the moon I love
and forever shine on me.

J M Lysun

Letting go


Letting go

Letting go is the hardest thing I know.
But, I wish it wasn’t so.

Sometimes, I wonder why I keep things;
an old piece of string,
the printed lyrics of a song I use to sing,
the remnants of a toy I use to fling.

Everything I have, I know by sight,
touch and feel.

Each has its own place in my heart,
they have a name that stays the same.

My time of play, they each have claimed.

Oh, fond memories I have of each and everyone.

They lie beside me on my bed,
if not they adorn my room instead.

They are the first thing that I awake and see.
They are the last to say goodnight to me.

I wish I had room to keep them all,
but, my room is small and I really can’t.

I have to clean up my room, and
so with sadness soon we’ll have to part,

..…but today is not the time to start.


J M Lysun




I throw a ball and it comes back to me.

I climb a tree to see a bumble bee.

I run, I climb, I do it all the time.

One moment, I chase and the next I am being chased,

I run away in haste only to find splashing water in my face.

Such happiness, such fun, to play in the sun.

Even in the rain, playing  is really not a pain.

I splash, I splosh, I wash, I swosh, gosh that’s fun.



 J M Lysun