The big stage is different for us all. Level of involvement and passion can rate ones interest higher than than another’s. The feature of this blog is to focus on three passionate ‘action-sports’ enthusiast, as they prepare for their big stage event only days away; Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning & blog writer Christian Sullivan.
Christian, who fuels his passion for ‘action sport’s’ through writing about it; http://everyoneneedsfreedom.empowernetwork.com/blog/ is an authentic individual thats been involved his whole life. As rider to writer (like me), there will always be a love to participate. Yet, with kids and older bones upon us, its nice to slow down and be involved in other ways. And its the joy of sharing what we love, that stokes us out in full. Speaking on behalf of Christian, we enjoy offering our authentic gift to others, it fuels a passion of a different kind within us! Click the link to see ‘Everyone Needs Freedom’ blog feature on Active Kids Books and myself; http://everyoneneedsfreedom.empowernetwork.com/blog/active-kids-books-kids-books-with-a-action-sports-theme
It’s not just Christian who will be blogging about myself, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning. The latter two are neck and neck going into the last ASP surfing competition of the year. The inaugural big wave comp, the Holly Grail of Surfing – The Pipeline Masters in Hawaii. This is the big stage in which the amazing aqua athletes will test each other for the last time. Vowing for the 2013 crown. It all begins tomorrow (8th Dec. 2013).
Come this time, where big waves, history and final standings are delivered. The Pipeline Masters is where the final chapters of the 2013 ASP series will be written. And we have two amazing athletes, two World Champions and two men with impressive biographies that can win. Will it be Mick Fanning for the third time in his life, or Kelly Slater for the 12th? Both these guys have played a role in my career and in my life, and i wish them both all the best!
It’s to early to call which way it will go, so lets let history decide for us. Keep an eye out for ‘action sports’ writer’s like Christian Sullivan, and gain that understanding of how big the stage really is for those involved.
Radically yours; CHa:D Kolcze
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The short story of an Independent Publisher.
I try and try and try some more, to find and entertain young audience around the world. Being the person i am, an Indie Artist with passion and drive, i’ve created the product and now i try and try and try to share/ sell my gift with the nation.
A lot of time and energy gets spent trying to circulate my gifts with the nation, for little financial return. This would have me down-in-the-dumps for longer than the emotional wave flows though me, if it wasn’t for the currency of love and praise. I’m so very proud of what i’ve created and it’s empowering when people praise my work, praise the choice Jeremy and i made to include all the unique authentic qualities you see in #SurfSafari #SkateSession #ShreddingSnow (www.ActiveKIdsBooks.com).
Active Kids Books (AKB), is popular within young families and has sold small quantities of its books around the world (generally through knowing me personally). We can boast that our books are distributed by Aust. leading indie distributor; Dennis Jones and Associates, yet they struggle against the big publishing houses like Scholastic, Random etc. And reality shows, AKB will be the flavour of the month (3wks to be precise), when first launched then back listed forever after. However, being who i am and somewhat enjoying the creative game that now exists with marketing. It’s this game (as i see it), I come to write this blog in reflection to some of the more courageous and creative ways i’ve shared my gifts of late.
AKB’s whole budget (not that i ever had a budget, just a dream and personal savings), has been spent on illustrations, publishing books and creating this website for blogging etc. So i have had to be creative and clever in my marketing/ promotional campaigns. Continually scheming of new ways to have my books seen or known to beautiful mums/ awesome dads/ rad + geeky kids and cool groovy grandparents.
It was most likely these groovy grandparents that witnessed the inside toilet door AKB flyers, created for the 2012 Byron Bay Writers Festival. Sharing the news of our newly released kids book ‘Shredding Snow’, with a target bunch of literary folk at this acclaimed festival in my home town. What no one knew (till now), is the financial saving i made on reduced entry fee and level of effort i went to in the name of promotion. As i snuck in the back-way of the festival, after wading through the high tidal ocean, climbed a large sand dune to get a look in and casually walked through the staff entrance at the back of the festival. Mean while my heart was racing out of control, yet the sense of responsibility towards providing for my family was ever greater and so i breathed through it.
Sticking with the four day long Byron Bay Writers Festival. In 2011 i talked a few friends into joining me, as we chalk stenciled AKB illustrations and inspirational messages on the pavement around town. Yet, its the more the recent gorilla marketing undertakings that i see as funny and a step up from innocent chalk stencils. Besides the ‘self challenging – physical efforts‘ of skateboarding six marathons in seven days, as carried out in 2011 with the ‘Life’s Awesome‘ campaign. It’s been the little house of books, Paper Aeroplane shop window placement and the most recently a thank-you on the walls of local library that have lead me to write about it all.
I try and i try and i try to work with the libraries governance, receiving encouragement and support from the ground but nothing eventuating or unfolding from higher authorities. Nothing, not a ‘no’ and not a ‘yes’, to the addition of my ‘congratulations letter’ for the new library’s opening. In which several other authors do feature. So to let you in on a secret. I recently went and added this ‘congratulations letter’ i had created several months earlier, to the relevant wall dedicated to these framed notes of appreciation. And yes, i had to take down existing framed feature to replace it with mine. I felt like world renowned artist; Bansky.
Now unlike Banksy, i’m not saying my actions are commendable. Nor do i see them as anarchy or wrong, just a single soul striving to make a go of life. And to share all this, you will make your own judgment if i’ve crossed lines or not. I’m here mealy sharing the story of my life’s journey, as i continue to play the game as an Indie Publisher.
So what’s next as an Indie Publisher of Active Kids Books? How do i create new accounts, share my playful literature with the nation and feed my passion + family?
If your looking for a colourful educational gifts this year, jump online and take advantage of my spontaneous 40% off special www.ActiveKidsBooks.com/sales
Now, its with great pleasure i get to thank everyone who has supported AKB so far. I am super grateful and delighted to know that my gifts are shared. And feel its a win-win bond that will last as long as the book exists.
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#ActiveKidsBooks is stoked to endorse the initiative by #ByronBaySurfFestival and the young tackers Art Comp. My daughter has entered a piece of art ever since its been running (3yrs), and its been an awesome process we share together over several weeks of preparation. She won the ‘over all’ two years ago, when she was 5yrs, with her towel canvas spray can ocean scene. This year she’s painted up her softboard, using again cans & mixed media. I wish her well and all the other groms who put in time and effort to enter. The BBSF crew make a great fun day of it, with games, give aways and well known dancing man #TommyFranklin will be grovin’ out in his all inclusive way. Being the author of #Surf Safari and other similar titles, i love and support this fusion of grommets, art, surf and fun!
Would love to see ya’ there hey, or this time next year! YEW…
We are proud of what we do. And given we have a product we believe in, one that can be purchased by you. We happily share this RAW uncut Youtube video with you here - https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B30fkfwHRRtkNUljT0F0dWczSUE/edit?usp=sharing
Given a successful, yet short Book Tour/ Family ski trip to NZ’s south island. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those that joined in and opened their hearts and doors to ActiveKidsBooks. Back for our second time in three years, this time boasting new title ‘Shredding Snow’, it was the same inviting and warm welcomed vibe that we received from the happy friendly folk across the ditch.
AKB books can now be found in Scorpio Bookstore – Christchurch, Selwyne Region Libraries (near Mount Hutt), Methvan Bookstore – Methvan, Paperplus Bookstore – Wanaka and a few school libraries – Holy Family, Wanaka Public, Hawea Flat.
Contact us NOW ‘books order’, or request ‘guest speaker’ visits…YEW!
During our recent New Zealand Book Tour, my 9Yr. old son kindly filmed me during my ‘guest author/ motivational speaker’ role at Lake Hawea Flat schools. Given my interest in authenticity and positive role modelling, i feel compelled to sharing this raw unedited footage taken on my iPhone.
For reasons being; 1. the schools i visited while in NZ will have a memory of my intended fun/ engaging/ empowering appearance. 2. establishing a blog entry, with a raw exposed video twist . 3. Plus, Im proud to show off my adventurous joyful style, when performing to primary school children. Standing by my focus on excitement and fun, paired with children’s literacy.
As i aim to inspire kids to Dream BIG and live a healthy active lifestyle, see for yourself by clicking this video link - http://youtu.be/AjWVwyURs54
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With the ‘Life’s still Awesome FUNraiser upon us, i am here to share my story. Why, when, how, who and whats coming next, its all revealed here…
Chad’s Story – 2013 (click for story)…
Continuing to roll out positive role modelling awareness! I will be screening the documentary created from the ‘Life’s Awesome’ campaign, one year ago. Where i skateboarded six marathons in seven days, from Canberra to Thredbo and visited six schools along the way. As guest author/ motivational speaker and ‘take action’ role model, this is how i play life. Now i get to share this achievement with my local community, 17th August 2013 – Byron’s Kulcha Jam 5-9pm. Not only this, i have opened things up to include other passionate and positive action takers in their own right. The Life’s still Awesome’ FUNraiser is now a collaboration of Art, Music, Activity, Film, with leading legends including Joshee Mannix (Byron’s Balancing man), Flavio Biehl (Pro Skateboarder), Jeremy Austin (Street Artist & Illustrator), Daniel Hewitt (ASP Surf Photographer), Desa Mani (winners of Spledour busking comp.) and myself – Chad Kolcze.
With Active Kids Books (AKB) being created to inspire kids to dream big and live a healthy active lifestyle. My approach to step out from behind my books and rolling into schools, under the ‘Life’s Awesome’ banner, is one that i see as important. I’m a believer in walking my talk, or skating my talk in this case. Healthy kids promotion is the bigger picture, and through books, events and positive role modeling i hope i’m making some difference. The best way i know how, is to make my literature and my presentations FUN…see what i mean on my YouTune account here (http://www.google.com.au/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Chad+KOlcze+Youtune&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=0ekGUpeDN7G0iQfZjIHQCw).
And its the growing trends and statistic that fuel my desire to create change. As seen here in this alarming report on Childhood obesity; http://www.insurancequotes.org/inactivity
These other creditable links show the immediate need for action; http://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/ , http://www.csiro.au/Portals/Multimedia/CSIROpod/Childhood-Obesity.aspx , http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/bb8db737e2af84b8ca2571780015701e/647ed9028f8bfa18ca2571b00014b989!OpenDocument
Life’s still Awesome FUNraiser details - https://www.facebook.com/events/553603114701083/
WOW, its amazing to think our fun land-mark launch of book one’, was four years ago @ Byron Bay Writer’s Festival (2009). With the 2013 festival starting today, its a great opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved and proudly pat ourselves on the back for our efforts. I feel truly honoured to have gone on this journey as an Independent Publisher, to have met the amazing people thats crossed my path and to be told how AKB have touched children’s lives in a positive way. So i take this moment, in cyber-space, to acknowledge and thank all those people that have got us to where we are today. Thanks for allowing the spirit of AKB to continue; ‘inspiring kids to dream BIG and live a healthy active lifestyle.
Healthy fun playful books, are only one way to role model healthy living. Supporting a good cause is another. So whether you have contributed in the development phase, mentoring phase, endorsement, sales, promotion or just plain enjoy AKB adventure stories with your loved ones, we send you 1000 happy cow ‘thank-you’s’ your way! Special mention must go to Jeremy Austin (illustrator), Dr. Virginia Lowe (editor/ mentor), Martin Chatterton (officially launched Skate Session in 2009), family and friends…
Given continued support and interest, we look forward to delivering/ developing books four and five – ‘Football Friendly’ (especially with the World Cup coming up in 2014) and ‘Disco DJ’s'…When the humans go away, the creatures will play. Each book is a new adventure story by the same radically awesome critters! YEW
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