I seem to start a lot of these blog posts by asking questions that I'm supposed to answer. It seems a bit silly, but . . .
Anyway, in March of this year (2011) I received an email from a person who had read "The Emo Bunny that Should" and one of the poems I wrote to my wife. He liked my work and wanted me to write a story that could be customized.
I wasn't too sure about it at first, but took a look at the website and decided it had amazing potential. The stories on it are completely customizable to fit anyone's situation. There are drop down choices for a person to select from for starters. Once all the choices are made, a person can edit every section to make adjustments to fit their personal situation. The illustrations that go with it are exceptional work and add extraordinary life to the work.
The story I wrote is called "A New Pet in the Family". It was a challenge to write all the different options, but it was also a great deal of fun. The experience has made me a better writer too. I'll be writing a customizable love poem for them soon too. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
I highly recommend checking out these stories to see if there's one that may fit your personal situation.
What is Bookata?
From their website:
Bookata is an online platform addressing children's life events through personalized stories. Families and friends use our engine to adapt beautiful narratives and art into unique stories, for actual people, who have a name, a personality, a unique history.
Started in 2009 by three dads (as an amusement for their 7 kids, combined), Bookata aims to become a much appreciated, friendly and familiar provider for content personalization on all tablets and eReaders. We don't target a massive success - we just want one reader at a time to fall in love with our portable, unique, personalized e-books.
A New Pet in the Family
This is the story I wrote. Artwork was done by the amazing Claudia Mendoza
Kids are willing to promise anything in order to get a new pet. The parents should open their heart but also be prepared to have a bumpy ride, full of adventures, sometimes funny, sometimes less. It is a serious medium and long term commitment and the decision should be wisely taken, with all the family members. To make the enlarging of the family an exciting moment the parent can take elements from the child life into this charming story of love, transition and humor. Like in all Bookata books, the whole story can be personalized. In this case the new rules and responsibilities surrounding the pet, as well as the usual child and sibling gender, age, race, and name. And, of course, the pet: name, breed, color, etc.
A Soft Place to Fall
A Soft Place to Fall
We Had Such A Great Time!