Growing up I liked drawing different things. In 9th grade I drew a design with pens and I had never done that before. It looked like some kind of space ship from some where I don't know, but I liked it, and hung it up in my art class at school and wrote under it: What is it?
I didn't even know what it was, but I thought it was cool! So eventually I started drawing peoples names with my own calligraphy I created. I put what the person liked in the design around their name. This was in high school, and each person that I designed their name for, paid me $15 per design... I made some good money! That was in the years 1976-1980. I have continually drawn with pen and then implemented magic markers, colored pencils and sometimes crayons.
I graduated from school, got married, had 3 kids and played a lot of soccer! I loved soccer, and I was always voted MVP of my team, because I was the one that made all the points, and that is why we always won! I would play soccer with my kids as well! When my kids were little, I enjoyed reading to them before they went to bed and our favorite was, Dr Suess!
I worked a lot of different types of jobs, but never anything that I really enjoyed, so one day I called the massage school in Salt Lake City, Utah and told them I wanted to go to school there. I have been a self-employed massage therapist for over 20 years, and have massaged over 14,000 bodies... yes, I said that! This is one job I can say that I enjoy, and never ever mind working it!
The year 1999 I graduated from a course at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood California called: "The Key to Life." This course helps you learn the new grammar, how to use a dictionary, learning the alphabet forwards and backwards, and also the definitions of all the small common words like... and, as, if, but, was, were, is, the, etc...
You don't realize you don't know the definition to these words until someone asks you, "What is the definition of, 'to'?" Incredible course! I learned how to write from doing this course. I was never a writer, but always an artist. I had to write a short story while on this course and it was titled: "The Alien Outside the Spaceship." It popped right inside my head, so I wrote it, and it eventually became: "Beedeep's World." I have done a lot of revisions on the book, and finally got it to where I know it is suitable for kids.
The challenge at the beginning of this book was...I wanted to have the kids draw what they just read, so you know the kid was understanding what they just read. If they can't draw what they just read, then they obviously didn't understand. This really works, I have helped kids at a private school with this, and I was amazed! So I wrote the book to have the kids draw what they read.
I created everything on the planet, made up all the names and described what they look like.
Well, I decided that if I want kids to draw what they read, then I should draw what I wrote. WOW, this was the challenge! I was actually trying to hire another artist to draw what I wrote, and then I realized, that was silly, I'm the artist and creator, and they can't draw what I have in my head!
So I secluded myself to my bedroom for about a week; yes I took breaks, but I had to draw what I had written. OH MY GOODNESS! I thought, "What have I done?" I can't expect kids to draw what they read, if I can't draw what I wrote! So I did it! I drew everything in the book that I created, and was very proud of myself!
I have the original, "draw what you read books" but I had to simplify it, because it was too steep a gradient for kids from my observation.
I have not encountered a kid that does not like Beedeep!
Jim Northrup, Victoria and
"Bad Bob" Salerno (RIP)
We Love to ski!!!!
16 June 2019 Snowbird, Utah
"Bad Bob" Salerno's video of Victoria skiing the slush on a spring day at Snowbird.