Making some temporary changes

Hi everyone,

I’ve just accepted, along with Tim Rasinski, a project to help revamp the early reading program for one of the twelve largest school districts in the nation. My part calls for writing seventy-five original poems suitable for the 40,000 K-2 students in the district. Final details are being formalized this week and I’ll begin work on Monday.

Although I’m delighted by the challenge and look forward to getting started, there’s a huge scheduling conflict. Tim and I, with Laura Robb, are supposed to be writing a new book for Teacher Created Materials right now, with a target deadline of December 15 and a pub date of early 2022. By squeezing in, more like shoehorning in, this new project, there’s no way to stick with the TCM schedule. The kind folks at TCM have graciously agreed to a several week delay in their plans.

So this has turned into my year to work on education books. I began on March 5 writing poems for the first of two books for Scholastic with Mary Jo Fresch and Tim, and finished last week. This week I’m getting in a few licks on the TCM book before shifting gears into the new project. The minute I finish with that, I’ll get back to the TCM book and hope to finish my part by the end of January. That will mean eleven straight months of writing poems for the classroom almost every weekday except when out of town or doing virtual visits.

There is no way this is going to happen without making more work time in the day so I’m making a hard decision to start Monday cutting blog posts to a minimum. Hopefully, it won’t take as long as expected to finish the last poem but at this early stage I’ll want to error on the side of being conservative.

Look for me on the blog when I have something I really want to say. I’ll try to keep up on Facebook but might fall behind in my responses there too. Sorry!

8 comments on “Making some temporary changes

  1. No need to apologize for making time to do the work that feeds you! Congratulations on this new project. It’s exciting to think about how your poems will have a positive impact on kids around the country!

  2. Congratulations on your new project, David!! Our “loss” of time with your fun posts and responses is the huge gain of the students all around our nation! Thank you for that important work! What a treat for them to be able to read your poems! All the best! 😁❤️

  3. No worries. Social media should come secondary anyway. Writing so many poems this year will surely keep you in the flow. You will likely constantly be in the flow rather than trying to find it. That’s the good thing about having so many similar projects.

  4. You are absolutely amazing, cousin! Your days are certainly full. Congratulations on your new writing project for all of the lucky teachers and children who will enjoy and benefit from your work.

  5. Before you know it, you’ll be dreaming in verse. You’ll be creating verse when on hold on the phone. You’ll be speaking to Sandy in verse!
    Congratulations on this arduous but immensely creative venture!

  6. Sounds as if you’ll be busy, busy. You know what I really like about this news? That a school district’s reading program will be using so much poetry!

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