I thought it would be important today to highlight some helpful tips for the new dads out there.  Of course, we all know, fatherhood can be quite a shock.  Lack of sleep, lack of time, lack of silence - it all starts to add up into a continuous cacophony of panic and confusion.  Luckily, I thought of this while my wife sent me to the store this weekend...

So tonight, I realized I don't have to drive the kids to soccer practice.  Say WHUUUT?!!?  That's right!!  I've already paid my dues driving earlier in the week, and tonight it just so happens - I DON'T HAVE TO DRIVE!  I feel like a won the lotto!  I'm elated.  Dancing on clouds.  THRILLED!!! ...

Geez, I've been going back looking for pictures and drawings for Stark Raving Dad.  And I keep finding things, I really should have shared.  This is one of them.  My boys were so into Star Wars for a time.  And I LOVED IT!  There were also into wearing their underwear on the outside of their PJ's and tucking useful items into them - like light sabres, and screwdrivers, and tape measures.  I LOVED THAT TOO!  This video makes my sad, and proud, and laugh all at the same time. [video width="720" height="1280" m4v="http://starkravingdad.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/IMG_0537.m4v"][/video] I miss my Star Wars-loving, outside-underwear-clad superheroes!  This is actually a few years old, I wished i would have posted it then.  But obviously it got lost in the haze of sleeplessness and daily survival chaos...

Well, as the kids got older - a lot of the art started adding militaristic items.  Like this duck - wearing an army helmet and seemingly shooting high-caliber machine-gun fire out of his bill!  I actually love this stuff.  It makes me laugh, seeing what seemingly innocuous creatures/items the boys turn into dangerous weapons of mass destruction.  Of course, none of these pics made it into the book.  I've just delivered the last of my kids' art to Running Press.  And MOST of it - is much more innocent...

THE ICING ON THE FACE Blue Hands Blue Lips Blue Face Blue icing all over the place What could be better than frosting? Certainly not cake 'Cuz you haven't touched a lick of it   Yup, I wrote this one before I found the picture.  Cuz that looks a bit more turquoise...

It's gonna happen!!  This is a big thank you for anyone and everyone reading this!  (all 2 of you!)  "Stark Raving Dad" was sold to Running Press this past week - with a release date for Father's Day 2019.  I am so excited and thrilled that its finally happening.   Of course, now I've gotta come up with more poems and more pictures.  The fun part!  (i hope?!)  Please stay tuned, there will be more to come. And if you haven't already - check out and follow on facebook and instagram!!  (and of course, please keep checking in here!) Sandy  ...