Sometimes we start again

Hi everyone,

I’m back in the desert story today. Since I rewrote the M.G. story a few months ago, three editors have seen it. One said she loved the voice (hooray!) and the story but didn’t think it fit her line, and two said they liked the story but didn’t identify with the voice. What to do?

The manuscript is being read elsewhere so maybe I’ll sell this version yet. But while I wait I decided to retell the story for a third time. It will take weeks but I told you three years ago I wanted to learn how to write a middle grade novel and this is part of my learning process. I have a new novel started but I’m pulling back from that one for now until I get this desert story right.

The pleasures of a signing

  • Hi everyone,

    Yesterday at my Barnes & Noble signing:

    My thanks to Kathy McQueen for introducing me to her grandson. It was a highlight of the event.

    Writers Hall of Fame was having a Book Fair at the store, meaning that a percent of all purchases accompanied with a free coupon went to the organization for future writing scholarships to budding young writers.

    To do my part I signed copies of the three recent titles: 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY, and CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS.

    As always, my thanks to Renee Hunt, Jim Troye, and everyone at Barnes & Noble for making my stay so enjoyable.

  • Onward and upward!

    Hi everyone,

    I’m getting so I look forward to the extra hours of sleep on Saturday. I was such a slug-a-bed today that I was running late getting to my signing at Barnes & Noble. Stayed late to make up for it. My thanks to Renee Hunt, community relations manager at B&N, for her generous spirit and patience. We raised a little money today for the Writers Hall of Fame book fair. I was happy to do my small part.

    Sorry about the pillow scene. It was the best I could do to buy a little time. (:>

    If you’re having good weather today wherever you are, happy raking and mowing and spraying and weeding and patio furniture moving and sneezing. Tiz the season at last!!

    My Word of the Month poem

    Hi everyone,

    Here’s my Word of the Month poem for April.

    Catching a Ride

    We’re riding on a rock
    4 billion 54 million years old,
    24 thousand 9 hundred miles around,
    weighing 13,170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds.

    We’re riding on a rock
    71 percent covered by water,
    spinning around our axis at 1,000 miles per hour,
    circling the sun at 67 thousand miles per hour,
    moving with our galaxy at 490 thousand miles per hour,
    whirling through space at 2,229,500 miles per hour.

    We’re riding on a rock
    home to 10 quintillion insects
    and 7.6 billion people
    with different opinions.

    Keep your seat belt securely fastened.
    Bumpy or not,
    Earth is the only rock
    we have to ride.

    (c) David L. Harrison, all rights reserved