8 weeks down, 7 to go

Hi everyone,

It was a good week, another six poems completed. I’ve now finished all of the poems for kindergarten students and 1st and 2nd grade students for the first and second quarters. What’s left are poems for 1st and 2nd grade kids for the third and fourth quarters.

Between now and the November 15 deadline I have trips to Portland, Crater Lake, and Sun River with Jeff and Jennifer; Kansas City to attend the Andrea Bocelli concert; Salt Lake City to be on a science poetry panel at the national conference of the American Association of School Librarians; and, closer to home, Mansfield, Missouri to participate in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Festival. I still think I can meet the deadline but only if I don’t accept anything else between now and then. I’m practicing saying “No” in front of the mirror. I hope it works.

During this last week I received strong interest in a new book of poetry. No contract offer yet. The artist who would be illustrating the book is an old favorite partner but he won’t be free to get started for at least a year. For him I would wait.