I have an unusual peach colored male cat that loved opening doors with his massive paws, named Koom Koom. Every night for a week he would walk to the giant Eucalyptus tree. It was early late spring time in Southern California in the Inland Empire. One full moon night, he came back with both cheeks on his face very swollen, I thought a bee might have stung him. I saw him earlier going to the base of the tree with his head buried in a pile of green Eucalyptus leaves, like an ostrich. I investigated his face thoroughly and saw two little red marks on either side of his face.
When I looked down, I saw something black crawling out of the base of the tree and as looked closer, it was a Tarantula! I gasped and said to Koom Koom, “did you get bit by that giant spider?” I observed my cat’s behavior to see if he needed medical attention, but he was a big kitty and loved to play in the yard, he was fine and a happy cat as usual.
The next morning his swelling went down and he was back to his cat business, but that evening, he explored the base of the Eucalyptus tree again, and came back with the same swollen cheeks as if he was holding his breath. He had another 2 red marks on his cheeks. I told him again you must really like that Tarantula, because now he is giving you kisses.
It was the time of year where Tarantula’s were very active, so anyway Koom Koom kept going into the giant spider nest to make his nightly visit for his kisses. I don’t know why he didn’t leave the Tarantula alone, but he was so curious about this hairy, scary creature that lingered and lived in our yard.
Koom Koom kept getting his Tarantula kisses for a week straight, but then the Tarantula must have moved on to another place to burrow, because it finally stopped, the bites/kisses on his face went away, and the cat was playing and opening doors as his usual advanced kitty self.
I was writing and illustrating my children’s book, Super Sonic Star Power Universe: For Super Humans Who Dare to Be Different, at the time. I was almost finished with it and and I was thinking of another book project to children to write. I looked down at my feet and next to them was a Tarantula and I gasped a little bit. I didn’t expect a Tarantula to be sneaky and crawl into the house under the door, maybe looking for Koom Koom to play with and give more kisses to, Ha Ha. So I picked it gently up with a paper plate and put it outside on the ground.
I then got this idea to write about this ginormous, creepy spider that I really am intrigued by. They are a very cool creature to observe.
So, I thought to myself, how can I make this story about a Tarantula and a cat? I thought to myself, you can make anything and be creative with writing, by using your imagination. There are no limits in what you can do when in your own environment, or an event that happened, or characters you made up. Anything! We have this inner freedom that feels like heaven when creating by the power of thought, it is personal, helping us to grow inside and out.
One night in October 2018, I had received this series of writing webinars from James Van Praagh’s Mystical School of Arts, if you ever have a chance to take his course, do it, I found it to be very helpful. He tells his wonderful, motivating stories of his writing beginnings and conducts a meditation to create a beautiful breathing calm space to begin to write. I love it very much! I love getting into a group setting with like minded people. All my weirdos unite! Anyway, we did a channeling session one of the nights, it was so cool, we wrote on the top of the page a sentence , for example, self doubt, love, healing, forgiveness, before meditation, and allowed our inner knowing, guides, and angels and beyond. Thank you James!
I was thinking to myself, should I put the Tarantula kid’s book aside and just keep creating the non-human intelligence series, the alien characters? After the meditation, I looked down at my feet and guess what, there was a Tarantula at my feet this was a different one than the other spider, this one ran fast when I tried to catch it. Well, it disappeared in my living room somewhere and I was nervous about getting kisses on my cheeks like Koom Koom did. He went back for more, but I said to myself, I don’t think that sounds fun. I was on high alert that night, sleeping with one eye open! Then I said to myself this is a sign, a sign to manifest a book that is outside of the box, a very trippy and unusual behind the scenes story for a children’s book. Oh, and I took a picture of the Tarantula so you can see what it looks like. This was the meditation night with James Van Praagh Tarantula.
While I was doing several book projects, I kept getting downloads from the Universe of how this unique book will present itself. I love when books write themselves, it is like you get out of it’s way like nobody’s business, because I want to be born! I wanted to think of a title, I haven’t seen too many Tarantula stories out there so I thought this would be super fun. I would get these visions of characters like a fairy with Swirly, Twirly, hair. A girl who owns Koom Koom named Victoria, her adorable pet bat Igor. The Mole that sees with its 3rd eye who comes up from the ground to say hi! The non-human intelligence (alien) Allow Wishes, who is making a special guest appearance, from Super Sonic Star Power Universe.
There is a barking mouse in this story too. This is another animal tale from my house. This is a true story that happened in this same time sequence so it is all connected. I found a little white mouse, cute as can be, that eats french fries and rice and whatever I feed it, I live at a base of a mountain in Southern California so I am blessed with seeing animals that live in nature.
The mouse comes around every night and I thought it would be funny to see if it would take food from me. Anyway, he became like a pet, every night about 9:30 pm the mouse comes when I knock on the wall to get his treat, and if it is not there he makes his command sound eep eep eep really loud so I know he had made his entrance. I know this sounds strange, but animals are attracted to me. One night, the dogs started to bark and so did the mouse right along with them, I laughed so hard I thought I was gonna pee myself. It was hysterical. Well, the mouse keeps barking whenever the dogs bark inside. It is the funniest thing I have ever encountered in my life! So, I gave the brilliant barking mouse a part in this story. I gave him a top hat with goggles and a tuxedo with coat tails, riding on a antique bicycle from the 1800’s in the garden. There is another unusual animal, a mole. One day my dogs and cats were gathered in a circle in the yard, it was 115 degrees out, so hot! I thought they were observing a snake or something like that. I looked closer and it was a mole! The mole was all white with a heart shaped tan spot on it’s head. He was the size of a gopher and when I saw the mole I giggled really hard, it was so adorable, but he was so hot underground he came up for water or something. They love to eat tree branch bark or roots and take them to their holes. The mole maneuvers with its 3rd eye underground making tunnels to suit its needs. A very fascinating creature that solely trusts it’s 6th sense to getting around under the ground. That day I saved it’s life and the mole kept trying to bite me but I used a little garden rake to carefully scoop him up to safety away from my dogs and cats. Every time I think of it, I will never forget how he made me laugh! It was so cute!
The story Tarantula Cosmic Kisses Wishes is about fitting in, I wrote and illustrated this unusual but inspiring tale about how the Tarantula wishes that everyone would love him for himself and not be afraid because he appears to be different than everyone else. He makes a Cosmic wish and Allow Wishes the non-human intelligence (alien) grants it. He got his wish and the wishes turned into energetic loving kisses that came from the Cosmos!
It is such a joy and pleasure to share how this book came to life by utilizing my surroundings as a background funny, strange, and inspiring story. I have so much fun thinking of ideas that pour in effortlessly, even if they are way outside of the box, but that is what I love to do!
There is also an important character that I need to mention in the story, his name is Igor the pet bat. My daughter and I would take walks at twilight and a bat used to follow us on our walks flying around not far above our heads every night without fail, the bat would fly in a clockwise circle, so I would call him Igor cause he needed a name. There were other bats but this one would fly low checking us out with his sonar frequency. The bat, Igor would make our walks special and unique, never ever boring. He would make us giggle cause he was so cute, a mouse with wings that could see in the dark feasting on bugs. I incorporated the bat in my book because of all the different kinds of animals in the yard we always cherished, I am not too fond of Scorpions and Rattlesnakes, but they have their place too in the environment, we just leave them be. I did forget to say however, that the Mole was completely blind had no eyes, it looked like his eyes were sealed shut and had big teeth, it was strange to look at, but another magnificent mammal that shares our yard space underground. All these animals have created such an amazing alignment within me, and reminding me to think like a kid in the present moment, like making mud pies in the dirt with water, making such a big mess and trying out the dirt thinking it’s pudding, pretending, then finding out it doesn’t taste good cause it is mud, ha ha. Or making forts with sheets and blankets hiding away in another home away from home inside when it is a rainy day or just making a fabulous fort just because. This is what writing does, it takes you you a sacred space in the moment, heightening your awareness into a higher consciousness!