Lillian and Camilla February 2018 Date Day

February 23 2018:

Lillian Darnell and Camilla February 2018 Date Day: First stop –

Parmesan and Sea Salt fries for sharing followed by a raspberry macaroon for Lillian and some sort of petite beauty for me. I have no idea what it was, yet, it was yummy!!

Then to Stone Age Quarry to window shop. We love crystals and stones. Incredibly beautiful and powerful.

Second Stop: Audrey Harris Park to enjoy a slice of fresh kalamata olive bread and read for a bit, with this lovely view.

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The Tapestry of Life or Something Like That

February 20 2018:

Mailing this today reminded me of the stories about the tapestry of life … something like how one action leads to another, to another and they are all connected.

Barbara Hranilovich and I met online back in 2007. I asked her to blog for a website I owned at the time. She did and her articles were incredibly informative and just plain good.

I suggested she make the articles into a book as each article was about being an entrepreneur and each was paired with a letter of the alphabet. I’m pretty sure that was already Barb’s line of thinking as months later, after I had abandoned the blog, I received a book in the mail, titled “E is for Entrepreneur”.

Barb had created a book from the articles and I didn’t even know until she mailed me the finished product. Barb had included me in her gratitude list in the book and hand wrote a note that the book would never have happened without me.

However, I did not see the note or my name on the gratitude list as it came when I was packing. It was put into a box and I came across it a year or so later ….. when I was trying to figure out the style of my book.

It was exactly what I needed to receive, see, and find to shine the light on how my book was to be written. Hence, “D iz for Different – One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance”.

And, I didn’t tell Barb about it at all. I simply mailed her a book when it was finished with a similar message that she had written to me.

Side note: Barb loves fairies. Years ago she mailed Lillian a fairy book Barb had illustrated, plus a fairy house we keep hanging on our wall.

Now, today, I mailed her a book of fairy tales written by Lillian Darnell!

And we’ve never met in person …. Beautiful, magical, and wonderful tapestry of life …. xoxo

Where Would You Fly Book to Barb 2.20.18

Today is the Official Book Launch for Where Would You Fly

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Hey there!! Ready to fly? Unfurl those wings and let’s take flight …

If you would like to help spread the word today, TUESDAY, 2.27, the official launch day for Where Would You Fly, here’s how ….. Any time during the day on TUESDAY, no matter the time zone!

I invite you to visit the website,, and choose whatever speaks to you.

Copy and paste it to your profile along with a personal message from you.

Be sure to include a link to the book on Amazon and this tag below. If you’re short of time, you can skip the above and just do the below …. 😉

Here is the Amazon link and tag for easy copying: … #WhereWouldYouFly

All in all, just do what you have time for sharing. We will be thankful with whatever you have time to share.

Oceans of love to you and heaps and heaps of gratitude for flying with us …. We are truly blessed by your kindness, support, and love!


Camilla and Lillian

P.S. – If you already purchased a book, today or in the next couple of days, would be perfect timing to leave a review on Amazon too.

My Compliments


December 10 2013:

I am creating a blog post and video this week where I ask for big help. I rarely ask for help so this is interesting! Will let y’all know when it’s ready! Until then, may this bring a smile to your face …

My “compliments” from T & L last night.

Thomas: You make good meatloaf, You make good snowballs and I love you.

Lillian: I like your Christmas socks, I love your meatloaf, I like your way of improvising. I like your gifts, I like how you believe in fairies and I like your food. You’re Great!

Why not make a compliment card for someone you love today? We try to do it once per week! It just feels GOOD!

Official Book Launch – Where Would You Fly

February 15 2018:

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Official Book Launch for Lillian Darnell’s book, “Where Would You Fly” …. Join us! The goal is to get Lillian’s book noticed!

If it feels right for you, we invite you to help by joining for the official book launch, sharing the event, sharing the book website, purchasing a book, or just popping over to say Hi!!

No matter what! We just wanna have fun with this!! xoxo

Please join us for the official book launch of Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” … Let’s help this amazing teen have a best selling book!

During the hours of 5:00 am and 8:00 pm PST purchase the book from Amazon. The more books purchased during this targeted time, the more likely it will reach best selling status. We will post the direct link to the book as soon as we have it.

We will hold periodic live facebook broadcast throughout the day and Lillian will be on our local KOLO 8 news at 4:30 pm. We’ll post the times of the facebook live broadcasts soon.

Thank you and oceans of gratitude to everyone … xoxo


Help bring awareness to Where Would You Fly!

If you’ve been waiting for the book on Amazon, this is the day to get it! The more purchases on this day the better.

If you already purchased the book from us, this is the day to leave a review on Amazon. Even though you didn’t purchase on Amazon, you can still leave a review.

And, if you don’t want to wait until 2.27 to purchase, you can still get it from us. We have plenty! Plus, you’ll get a signed book that way!

Let’s have some fun on 2.27!! We’ll also have a few live broadcasts throughout they day on 2.27. Feel free to share this event to help spread the word. Thank you!! xoxo

Go here to learn more about the official book launch on February 27th …


The Books Are Arriving and Chromosome 18 Facebook Page Live Event

February 4 2018:

I received my copy of Lillian’s beautiful book and have enjoyed browsing through the many delightful stories. I love the immensely witty dialogue and the truly magical storylines, and I swear there is a bright light shining through each and every word. One of my favorites is “A Mindful Mermaid Story.” I think I’ll have to try doing some MM sometime. : ) And, I definitely also love my notebook!

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February 4 2018:

61 books ordered and received on January 24th. 3 remaining. WOW! and YAY! Oceans of gratitude! xoxo


February 5 2018:

As part of Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society Facebook Live Series, Lillian Darnell, will be interviewed on Sunday, February 18th, at 6:00 pm CST.

She will talk about her hobbies, what it’s like being a part of the C18 family, her biggest dream, what it’s like living with 18p-, and her debut book. Does anyone have a question(s) they would like answered? xoxoxo (Be sure to “like” the C18 facebook page linked above if you’re interested in attending.)

Facebook Live Broadcast C18 2.5.18


February 5 2018:

Camilla Downs, guess what came in the mail today?!? Serena is very happy and impressed since I explained how old your kids are and that they are the AUTHORS! She wants to go visit you now 😃! Great job Lillian and Thomas!! 💗

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February 5 2018:

Yay!!! Lillian Darnell look what arrived in our Mailbox today xx thanks to your Mum Camilla Downs for posting this to Us. Ella’s favourite chapter so far is The Flying Unicorns create a Rainbow 🌈 as Ella loves Rainbows and unicorns.

For my FB friends that don’t know, Lillian and Ella share something very special. They are Unique human beings who only come around once in every 56,000 births. They are missing the short arm of their 18th Chromosome. We have become friends with Lillian, her Mum Camilla and Brother Thomas. Even though they live in Reno USA we keep in touch most days 💖

Debbie Goodrick Book 2.5.18


February 6 2018:

February 27th at 4:30 pm PST on KOLO 8 with Sarah Johns for Lillian Darnell to talk about her book!! … xoxo


February 6 2018:

Camilla look what I found in the mail box : )
So excited and look forward to reading it – so thrilled Lillian xx – Ailsa J., Australia

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February 7 2018:

My friend Lillian Darnell just wrote a book and it is awesome. I just finished the book. -Rebecca P.


February 8 2018:

The wait is over! Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly” & Other Magical Stories has arrived! Lillian is 16 years of age & is a published author! Her Mom, Camilla Downs & her brother, Thomas Darnell are also published authors. That makes 3 for Team TLC! Lillian will be featured on KOLO 8 with Sara Johns, Tuesday February 27, 2018 at 4:30 PST. She is an Amazing young lady & wise beyond her years! – Carolyn S, Reno

Carolyn Smith with Book Where Would You Fly 2.8.18

Thank you so much Carolyn … for all that you BE. Not just this .. for the 6 or 7 years we have known one another and supported one another and become true friends. Oceans of gratitude … I LOVE YOU!!! xoxo

Can you hear me singing,
“WE ARE Family!” I Love Team TLC! Y’all are Shining brightly right where you are! Keep going! Push through! There’s a pot of gold on the other side of that rainbow.


February 10, 2018:

Thumbs up from Alanna !!!

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Where Would You Fly Book Trailer

Finally!! One of the last HUGE tasks finished! Thanks so very much to a sweet and beautiful friend who on the DUE DATE of her little lion created this with the photos I put together. YAY!!!!

I invite you to spend about a minute and a half watching our creation. xoxo

**Artist: Nazar Rybak
Title: Children Fun Times

Laughing Mindfulness Session


December 7 2015:

Last night before I read to Lillian and Thomas we did a “laughing” mindfulness session together. This one is really easy. Everyone stands ….. and …. just starts laughing. At first the laughs are forced, yet it’s magical how the laughs become genuine belly laughs that you cannot stop once started.

I mentioned something about this activity distracting one from non-stop thoughts. We sat down to read a chapter in “Stillness Speaks” and just so happens to have been about how we spend most of our time “distracted” by our thoughts. After I had read a page, Thomas asked if I had read this before deciding to have the “laughing” session. I told him that I had not and that usually what we need to hear or see comes into our life when we are open to it. As there was also a section on boredom and Thomas had repeated several times during the day that he was bored.

I was moved to share two sections from the chapter we read with you. I just happened to be in need of this wonderful reminder too!

“If you can recognize, even occasionally, the thoughts that go through your mind as simply thoughts, if you can witness your own mental-emotional reactive patterns as they happen, then that dimension is already emerging in you as awareness in which thoughts and emotions happen – the timeless inner space in which the content of your life unfolds. The stream of thinking has enormous momentum that can easily drag you along with it.” and “When you feel bored, you can satisfy that by reading, texting, using a digital device, etc ….. Or you can stay bored and restless and observe what it feels like to be bored and restless. As you bring awareness to the feeling, there is suddenly some space and stillness around it.” – Stillness Speaks

I so love it when this happens for me, and I especially love it when it happens for our whole family. I am so blessed to have chosen the path to learn and practice mindfulness, meditation, and emotional connection … and to share and facilitate this for others. May this be helpful in some way for YOU, too! xoxo

The Book is There and in Queensland Australia and Lillian on KOLO 8 News and The Netherlands and Louisiana and Library of Congress

January 29 2018:

The book is here!!!! Can’t wait to read it. -Rebecca P.

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“It is so cool, awesome, good, and exciting” -Rebecca P.

More photos from Rebecca ….

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Scored with a very short line at the post office again!! Wahoo!!! That’s the last of the pre-orders (except for one beauty that gets to fly to Australia)!!! Another one of these is flying to Australia too … Queensland this time! Aussie seems to be a hot spot for magic and fairy tales!!

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January 30 2018:

“Got these lovelies in the mail today; thank you Camilla Downs & Lillian Darnell for sharing your stories and brightening the world!” – Kimberly P.

Kimberly Where Would You Fly Books 1.30.18


January 30 2018:

“I received a very special book today in the mail bought for me by my Dad, Michael Crowder. And it is autographed!! This book was written by Ms. Lillian Darnell who is a member of our Chromosome 18 family!! Can’t wait to read it!!” – Tracy S.

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January 30 2018:

She’s nervous. Yet, excited! Next month, Lillian Darnell will be interviewed on KOLO 8 about her debut book! Go Lillian GO!


January 31 2018:

Guess who I just dropped off at the post office to fly to The Netherlands? Just WOW! xoxo

She’s 227 pages and has a beautiful cover. Oh, and she’s magical and enchanting on the inside … xoxo


February 2 2018:

Thank you, Lillian for signing Ally’s book. She was so excited to get it in the mail. Much love to you guys!!!

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February 2 2018:

Lauren M. was so excited to come home after school at find her book in the mail. Thanks Lillian Darnell! We’re excited to get reading!

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February 2 2018:

It was a great day to send “Where Would You Fly” to the Library of Congress!! May she make some magic there! Plus, one to Lennox Head Australia and two to The Netherlands a couple of days ago!! Wahooo!!! Fly, Fly, Fly!!

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**To learn more about Where Would You Fly, go here …

Can Butterflies Jump by Lillian Darnell


December 5 2008:

Sharing Lillian’s latest entry on the Pink Elephant Books Blog!

Want to read more of Lillian’s writings? She’s a published author now? Go here to learn more about her debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories”.