Hi! I’m Sybrina. . .. . .Just one of millions of wannabe author/singer/songwriters out there but I hope, after reading or hearing my books and songs, you’ll think my contributions to the world have as much value as any other famous artist out there today. Fame is all in being in the right place at the right time but at least with the internet and venues like this, all of us have opportunities to share our creativity with the world. I’m so happy that I am able to share my works with you. That is awesome! The books I’ve written span a wide range between illustrated picture books, coloring books and YA novels to technical and how-to books. If you’re so inclined you can read a little bit about the inspiration for each one below. Enjoy! ——————————————————– Once upon a time I wanted to be a writer more than anything in the world. I could tell stories with the best of them, so I just knew I could write well, too. Funny thing about writing, though…it’s nothing like telling a story. I bet you’ve noticed that, too. I’d even go as far as to bet there have been times…plenty of them, when you’ve been writing along just fine, then suddenly, you hit a brick wall over how to describe the simplest thing. 25 years ago, there wasn’t anything much available other than Webster’s Dictionary or Roget’s Thesaurus and a couple of synonym and antonym books. So, I decided I’d start to put together what I was looking for, myself. Those were the prehistoric days, before p.c.’s. Each bit of information I gathered was tediously placed behind index tabs in spiral notebooks…lots of notebooks and tons of tabs. It very quickly became a monstrous task. When I got my first computer, with Word Perfect’s word “search and replace” features, I felt like I’d finally arrived in the 20th century but the best was yet to come. Word for Windows made cross-referencing all those phrases to all of their relevant categories a breeze. After that came html format, which which worked great for Microsoft user but Apple computers couldn’t open them. In the early 2000’s, I was able to create a fully linked version in PDF, which I called Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus Tool. Wouldn’t you know it, Ebooks couldn’t format links properly until recently so I couldn’t really make it available to the general public in it’s linked form. Finally, Epub files came along and have allowed me to share a modified version of Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus “Tool” with everyone. It works just like my original concept…find the category you’re interested and just click to jump to it. Read all the phrases in a category to get your creative juices flowing. Overcoming writer’s block has never been easier. Visit http://www.phrasethesaurus.com to find where to get the epubs. ————————————————— You may have gotten to this page because of your interest in “Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit and the Fox”. Believe it or not, I actually started writing that little story in 1989! My children and I were shopping for a tie for my husband to wear to a very important “white collar” job interview. He was always a “blue collar” worker thus having very little opportunity to wear a tie. Consequently, at the age of 32, he was unsure as to how to go about tying the “dang thing” properly. Laughingly, I mentioned to the salesman that my husband was going to have to call his father to get instructions over the telephone. At that point, the very pleasant young man whisked the tie, which he had helped select, off the counter and draped it around his neck. The kids and I couldn’t help giggling as the effect was rather humorous considering he was already wearing a suit and tie. “Let me tell you a little story that is so simple even a child can remember it,” he exclaimed and proceeded to tell us about a little rabbit who was being chased by a fox. The whole while he moved the tie through the sequence of events as they occurred. The story went like this, all inclusive, “There once was a little rabbit being chased by a fox. The fox chased him around a tree once. Then, they ran around it again. Then, the rabbit ran under a bush. Next, he jumped over a log. Then, he jumped into a hole and was safe.” By the time the rabbit was safely away from the fox, the tie was completely tied with a beautiful knot. My children and I were delighted and couldn’t wait to get home to show their dad what we had learned. Sure enough, we remembered the steps of the rabbit’s flight from the fox and related them to him. Within moments, he had tied a knot in his new tie that looked like it had been accomplished by an expert. To make a long story short, he went on the interview looking like a true professional and got the job! I’ve always wanted to share this story with the world and originally created the attached animated instructional song video, which is also available on Youtube. But what I really wanted to create was a family activity picture book where all participants could practice the steps of tying the tie with the rabbit and the fox as they read the book together. And so, with the help of a fantastic illustrator named Donna Marie Naval, this little picture book was finally born and is now available in Kindle format and in print, right here on Amazon in English, Spanish and Tagalog!