My name is Silas. I am 9 years old and love jiu jitsu, reading and basketball. I live in Park City with my parents, 2 sisters, 1 brother, my snake named Hollow and our one-eyed dog Captain Jack.
I am home schooled. Home schooling is really not the right word for it because I am really not at home that much. I work outside, when I go skiing, in the car, or on my way to birthday parties. This freedom gives me the time to do things I love like writing stories!
I wanted to tell you about the books that I wrote. My first book is called Um Land. It’s a book for kids (well, really all people) to learn what to do when they get mad, frustrated, sad, or feel any other emotion that hurts inside.
Um Land is a special place in your mind so you can't get there in a car or a plane.
My second book is called Coconut Bunny. You know that hair that builds up on your brush? Now has that hair ever jumped off the brush and smell like coconut oil? Coconut Bunny is about dealing with your difficult emotions when Um Land doesn't work.
I know that people who meditate really call it “Ohm”, but I call it “Um”. My mom said that is fine because I was only six, plus I really like Um better.
I want to teach everyone how to go to Um Land because it is an awesome state of mind. Going to Um Land is really easy and you can do it anytime and anywhere. It is in your mind and heart.
To go to Um Land just criss-cross applesauce (that means cross your legs), close your eyes, hands in the air, fingers together, and think funny thoughts. Some funny thoughts that I like are people running around in their underwear, being tickled, and people doing silly things.
The first time I thought of Um Land was when I was in New York shopping with my mom. I started to get really mad, but instead of screaming, I decided to close my eyes and just relax. My little sister asked what I was doing and I told her I had gone to Um Land. That is how Um Land was born!
Once I discovered Um Land, I wrote every day about when I could go to Um Land. For example, “When you stick your hand in mound of fire ants, go to Um Land”. Or “When your brother pushes you off a trampoline and you need stitches, go to Um Land”.
After several months I had hundreds of Um Lands written. I had so many I decided to put it in a book. I borrowed my dad’s old phone and sat outside for a few days and recorded my Um Land story. It included a monster, hot lava butts, and my favorite times to go to Um Land. Then my mom and dad took the story from the phone and helped my type it up. You can find the recordings on this website.
Next I needed to get the drawings made for my book. I went on a website called Fiverr and gave seven designers one-page of my story. I got a lot of really cool illustrations back, but there was one that was my absolute favorite. I was laughing so hard I almost peed my pants!
Once I went skiing and I came back and my hair was a mess! My mom decided to brush my hair and I got really mad so my mom told me to go to Um Land. So I tried but it didn't work! I got super duper mad and my mom said " I am going to Um Land until you calm down" and with that she left. and then my little sister walked in the room and pointed at the ground and started singing and dancing "Coconut Bunny Coconut Bunny Coconut Buunnny" she sang. I looked where she was pointing and there was the cutest ball of hair I had ever seen. I picked it up and snuggled it to my face "Coconut Bunny and I are ready for you to finish brushing my hair" I said to my mom. My mom picked up the brush and finished brushing the knots out of my hair. Coconut Bunny helped me stay calm by reminding me to pay attention to the moment.
I hope you love my Um Land and Coconut Bunny stories as much as I do. I really hope that people don’t just read the stories, but start to live the Um Land and Coconut Bunny lifestyle.
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