And Now He Has Three!

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World RecordsThe Mighty Little Man’s Three World Records.

I know I’ve said this before, but I’m going to have to say it again.  When I wrote Mighty Little Man:  My Story, His Story, Our Story, I never imagined he would one day be credited with a World Record.  And NEVER did I ever think he would actually hold THREE!

Check them out:

#1:  http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/nature/longest_inflexible_object_swallowed_and_passed_unassisted_by_a_housecat_Little_Man_sets_world_record_215410.html

#2:  http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/nature/most_survivable_cat_Little_Man_sets_world_record_215484.html

#3:  http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/nature/first_survivor_of_a_recorded_blood_Potassium_level_of_zero_Little_Man_sets_world_record_215504.html

I’m still amazed.  Clearly, this helps explain why we called him, “Mighty Little Man.”

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Another Fan Review: Mighty Little Man

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Here is a wonderful review of Mighty Little Man from Melissa (more on her below).  She titled it, “A Cat with Personality:”

For anyone who shares their home with animals, this book will make them laugh, cry, and nod their head in understanding. It truly is Jonny’s story, Little Man’s story, their story. As the tale unfolds, we discover Jonny’s interesting history and follow the development of his lifelong love and compassion for animals. We become part of the family. And then Little Man joins the tale… and takes over the story.

We share the ups and downs of Jonny’s journey with a special cat, Little Man. For those who think cats have no personality, I challenge you to read this book without a change of heart! Little Man is quite the character! Jonny’s tells the stories so many of us can understand, stories that highlight the human-animal bond and the joy it brings. Our lives are enriched through the pets who share our homes, Little Man and Jonny illustrate that perfectly. I look forward to following the story of Little Man and wish him (and Jonny) all the best!

Although Melissa and I have never met, we share a very special connection.  You see, Melissa is the sister of Dr. Jennifer Wagner, Little Man’s first veterinarian.  Dr. Wagner passed away several months ago of breast cancer. She was only 48 years old.

Dr WagnerDr. Jennifer Wagner (1967 – 2015) with two of her babies, circa 2006.  Photo courtesy of Dr. Lynn Batenhorst.

Thank you Melissa!

And thank you, “Jen.”  Until we meet again …

Author Homer Hickam at the Rocket City Lit Fest

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RCLF 1Homer Hickam with “Albert” at the Rocket City Lit Fest in Huntsville, Alabama.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Rocket City Lit Fest in Huntsville, Alabama. The highlight for me was hearing Homer Hickam speak about his new book, Carrying Albert Home.  You may know him from the movie, October Sky.  The movie is based on his book Rocket Boys and chronicles the true story of his boyhood activities in the West Virginia coal mines and his development of rockets, which later got the attention of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

I thoroughly enjoyed his speech.  I was surprised to learn some interesting things about Homer.  I, along with many others I’m sure, always thought he was an engineer who became an author.  We were wrong.  Homer has been an author since grade school.  Engineering was just a detour.  The fact that he’s been extremely successful at both is an understatement.

But there was also another thing.  We’re all familiar with the various genres of books including biographies, fiction, horror, memoirs, documentaries, etc., but Carrying Albert Home belongs perhaps in its own new genre, which Homer suggests might be called, “family legend.” I bought a copy of his book and had him sign it for me:

RCLF 2Homer Hickam signing my copy of Carrying Albert Home at the Rocket City Lit Fest.

Can’t wait to read it!

My Highest Compliment

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http://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Little-Man-Story-His/dp/1493634046/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408707399&sr=1-1&keywords=mighty+little+man

Every writer wants his work to be read and enjoyed. He wants to connect with the reader on many levels, primarily emotionally. He hopes the reader will laugh, cry, be moved to action or desire, and of course, he hopes the reader will want to read more.

In my case, I’ve received very favorable reviews for my book, Mighty Little Man: My Story, His Story, Our Story. But there has been one unexpected thing I hear over and over about my book, and I am very pleased indeed. In fact, I consider it my greatest compliment.

I’ve met many people since I published my book that I would not have met otherwise. I’ve been to book signings, author expos, libraries, and even some people at work have shared their feelings about the book. They’ll say, “I can hear you telling the story.”

However, there is one instance in particular that I would like to share. There is a young woman who works at the security desk in the building where I work. Because of an accident over a decade ago, she now gets around by wheelchair. I noticed her at her desk a few weeks ago looking rather bored, so I walked over and asked if she would like to read a book. She replied that she doesn’t really care to read much, but when I explained that it was a book I wrote myself, she reluctantly agreed to check into it.

Then just the other day she told me she was already halfway through the book. She considered that fact to be something special since, as she put it, “I don’t read.”

Intrigued, I asked, “So why are you reading Mighty Little Man?”

Her answer certainly made me smile. She said, “Because it’s not like it’s ‘reading’ at all. It’s like you’re just standing there telling me the story.”

Yes sir, that made my day.