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Your Dreams Won’t Come Chasin’ You

Life lesson: If you want your dreams to come true, you’ll have to work really hard at chasing them, because as my pops told me… Your dreams won’t come chasin’ you.

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This life lesson is one of my favorites. It is also one of the reasons I wanted to write Adventures in Raceland. I wanted to go out and create something, so I did. It was about 4 years ago and still simply a dream waiting to be put to into words. I had all my reasons and plenty of inspiration but it was ME who put pen to paper, or rather fingers to keyboard. I did it and no one else.

Of course I wouldn’t be where I am without the love and support of family and friends, but Adventures in Raceland wasn’t going to write itself.

You can go anywhere in life you desire to. Some of it is luck but about 99% is the work you put into it. Life is what you make of it so reach for the stars and set your goals higher than you can imagine. You might get there eventually but never stop improving yourself and you will prevail. Success is a great place to be but the feeling of accomplishment is even better. 

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Never Give Up, Ever!

This week I am bringing to you a sneak preview of the upcoming adventures of Keegan and Kyle McKay. 

Keegan McKay’s on the hill again today, pitching for the Hot Rod High Speed Demons. He’s had an awesome season and most people say he’s the reason HRH will be going to State this year for the the first time ever. images (1)

But, he’s not the only reason! Not with Kyle McKay stealing bases like crazy and robbing opponents of hit after hit from his shortstop position. And, there’s Deuce Wheeler catching everything hit to center field with one miracle catch after the other.

But there also been two surprise heroes this year. First, there’s Wendy Wheeler breaking the sex barrier and playing great defense at second base. She’s the first girl to ever play baseball in this league and she’s having a great season.

Next, is HRH’s amazing new catcher. They say this guy never played a minute of organized sports before, but he runs the defense from behind the plate like he’s been doing it all his life. Plus, he’s got the best average on the team and leads the league with 23 home runs. There’s no doubt that Keegan McKay never would have thrown that no hitter without Chili Peppers behind the plate.

…. So what do you think? Are you ready to read more about the boys and their next big adventures? 

Life Lessons: Win or Lose

Life lesson: Be a good sport whether you win or lose because nobody likes a poor sport.

Going back to my first post about why I created RodKingz, the life lessons included in the book are my direct way of creating wholesome entertainment. Why shouldn’t the fun things in life such as RodKingz instill good values and include positive messages?

Kindness and Sportsmanship

Kindness and Sportsmanship

This life lesson can be applied to a flag football game or even a professional situation. Whether you come out on top or somehow drop the ball, show class either way. It all starts with attitude. If you positively convey the right attitude you can earn respect from others. You can’t learn to respect others until you learn to respect yourself. Start with self-respect, maintain a positive attitude, and uphold these values to everyday situations. You will go far in life with this mindset.

Here are some good sportsmanship examples I would like to share. Read these and think about what self-less acts of kindness you could do. 10 Acts of Good Sportsmanship. These are types of values I also instill in my boys and their team. Though they are winners they proudly hold their titles with class.

Photo Finish – A Preview

Are you wanting a preview in Raceland? Are you wondering what the McKay brothers have been up to? Well… you’re in luck! For today’s  post I have opted to share with you a preview of Chapter 1 from Adventures in Raceland. Are you excited  yet?  Well… you should be! Don’t forget to buckle up, folks.

Cody Caducous is new at this job and he didn’t have any time to dress up for it, so he’s still wearing his racing gear and a beat up old black leather racing jacket. He’s sitting in a big leather executive chair behind a huge oak desk watching some races from high above a track, when his memory finally starts coming back. Although he knows he’s alone in the room, he speaks out loud.

“Nice office…The chairs along has to cost a fortune. They’re made from the softest leather I think I’ve ever touched.  And wow! This place is huge and really cool. I’m pretty sure I’d get comfortable here in a hurry, but what the heck am I doing in here?” 

He stands and walks around the big oak desk and reads the name placard on the front of the desk – “Kevin James McKay” 

“Oh yeah, that’s it! I’ve heard about the McKays. Yeah, now it’s coming back to me.” 

He rubs his temples and closes his eyes. It hurts, but he keeps talking.

“There were two brothers named McKay that would both be attending Hot Rod High this year and they had everyone talking. The girls were excited because they thought both the brothers were handsome and nice. The guys at HRH were excited also because these guys were supposed to be great football players too.”

“That’s right. Their dad was supposed to be a college football legend named KJ McKay and now he is the big boss at RodKingz Entertainment. It’s gotta be the same guy, so I must be standing in KJ McKay’s new office at the Sunnyvale Speedway.” 

He picks up today’s racing program off the desk.

“So it’s Labor Day and I’m watching the RodKingz World Championships at the Sunnyvale Speedway right now? Wait! This can’t be right. Just a minute ago, I was charging toward the finish line in Hot Rod High’s annual ‘Graduation Championship’ race. That was in May on Memorial Day. How could I miss a whole summer? this is getting freaky and I’m starting to get scared. I don’t even know why I’m talking out loud, but I can’t stop so I hope someone’s listening.  If you can hear me or you’re reading our story, don’t be afraid. I mean, I think you’ll be find. It’s just me that seems out of place. I’m not sure why I’m here, but hey, I’m still in Sunnyvale and I’m at the Speedway – my very favorite place to be. It’s just that there’s this very strong power that seems to have control over my, and I’m lost and getting tired; too tired to fight it anymore.” 

What do you think will happen next? How would you like to see this story unfold? 

A Forward: Sunnyvale, USA

For this week’s blog post, I am bringing to you the Forward from Adventures in Raceland as a preview for what will come in the book. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, simply click  here

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For many, our town will feel like a melancholy memory of a different place and time. Maybe not better, or even as good, but surely different than where they live now.

For others, it;s a fantasy that never could have been. They won’t understand because it didn’t happen to them. The truth is, it wasn’t that long ago that Sunnyvale could have been Anysmalltown, USA. 

This is where we grew up, and it’s still very real, at least it is to us. 

Here is an anonymous local’s view of our fine town, that I found just the other day hanging on a sparking clean wall in the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce;

Sunnyvale’s the place where we choose to live, love, learn and race. Forget or forgive – Whatever it takes. The streets are all new, well lit and wise, and the people are few with something to hide. Windows don’t need bars. You won’t need a gun. There’s nothing to fear, and no reason to run. See, every day is easy, sunny and bright – racing’s our thing, we never need fight.  People know ’bout wrong but choose to do right. Our kids are respectful, innocent and good – and do all things mom says they should.  Everyone’s important and kids can be kings. And you can still talk to your dad about any ole thing.

Those were the good days my friend, that for many, too quickly they came to an end for your children the following story I penned…

Welcome to Raceland

When I am asked why I decided to write “Adventures in Raceland” the answer is always the same. To give kids an alternative to all the violence, sex and drugs they are exposed to in today’s culture of “play.”  For me it’s about: Wholesome Entertainment. 

You see, I am a proud father of two. I am also a flag football coach who took my team, to the Flag Football Superbowl (we won: 25 – 6!) and I am very well educated and experienced with kid’s licenses. To explain that a little further, I worked with Playmate Toys on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,  I worked for  Disney on Lion King, Nintendo & Hasbro on Pokemon and lastly, Warner Brothers on Harry Potter – I have seen it all in terms of children’s entertainment.

Video-GamesIt all started when my boys were 6 and 7 years old. They were exposed to a horrible video game called Grand Theft Auto (If you’re not aware of how explicit this game is, I suggest you do additional research.) Anyways,  I walked in on my boys laughing and moving a joystick that made a black man’s butt back and forth as he was raped a white girl. That was it. 

That is when I realized that something needed to be done: Kids can have fun without stacking up dead bodies on video games.

Adventures in Raceland is a part of a world called Rodkingz that I created to give kids a safe, fun and exciting place to play. There is no sex, violence or drugs – and kids can win real prizes. Rodkingz is family friendly and it promotes interaction among the players. Adventures in Raceland is a storya bout kids growing up in Hot Rod High and chasing their dreams on the tracks on Raceland. It’s a feel good story of child empowerment. Adventures in Raceland cover three main topics that I personally feel kids and even parents have lost sight of:

  1. Kids don’t talk anymore – Rodkingz (particularly Adventures in Raceland) promotes social interaction
  2. Our story is Family Friendly, but it is still exciting – without the killing/violence and drug exposure
  3. In Adventures in Raceland, the good guys win!

Adventures in Raceland is an answer to the ever-so-present world of violent

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Book’s Front Cover

video games, TV shows, movies, etc. that have completely taken over our children’s definition of play. All too often, parents are not away of what lessons these video games are teaching the young minds of our culture, and it’s time for someone to step up to the plate with a different option of “fun.” Personally, the number one priority should be “Family First.” If a game, a TV show, or anything for that matter cannot be enjoyed by the entire family, chances are it is not appropriate. I am also hoping to teach children that to have a friend – first you need to be one.  And finally, it’s important to remember to play hard – you never know when life will slam on the breaks. 

If you have any questions about Adventures in Raceland, Rodkingz, or if you just want to learn more about the book/my work as an author, feel free to check out the CONTACT form – I am happy to answer any/all questions!