I did the "what I care about" writing and free association writing on joy. That led to some old story ideas that never went anyplace. When I had a couple of ideas to pitch I used my husband as a soundboard. He picked the story series I knew he would like the most that I didn't want to do. I decided to go with it anyway. This would be the rescues series of children's stories based on the time we spent as foster dog parents for a Bichon rescue center. This first story is Charlie's story. This shows the third draft of writing with some sketches of the first three pages. When I finished I read it to my kids for feedback. My son is 11 and my daughter is 9. My daughter approved. I could make a finished story and take it to work with me. As a substitute teacher I could read the story to many different audiences and get feedback to polish the story and illustrations.