Off to visit with kids

Hi everyone,

I’m in Warrensburg, Missouri today for my 36th time to participate in the Children’s Literature Festival. Last year I had to cancel to have my gallbladder removed and a hernia repaired. I’m glad to be going back this year!

As always I look forward to talking to the latest groups of children. More than 150 schools will be represented. I love seeing so many author and illustrator friends as well as teachers who come each year to bring their classes. I’m sorry to say that my good friend Susan Hutchens and her hubby Danny can’t make it this year but hope for better luck in 2018.

Children’s Literature Festival

Hi everyone,
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I look forward to today. Around 2,000 boys and girls will be coming to the Children’s Literature Festival of the Ozarks held on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield. Authors and artists who are here to visit with them include Janet Carey, JB Cheaney, Tara Dairman, Cheryl Harness, David Harrison, David Patneaude, April Henry, Antony John, Ann Ingalls, Susan Keene, Obert Sky, Marie Smith, and Brad Sneed.

We’ll meet and visit with four groups each during the day and return to campus this evening for a program and book signing. On the program for a second time will be BYRON BIGGERS BAND, a musical trio that includes Chris Craig, Gale Clithero, and me. We’ll perform half a dozen of my poems that Chris has set to music. We always have a good time. All in all, it should be a great day.

A room full of friends and books

Hi everyone,

I’m in the process of reading more than a thousand notes that came in around the time of my surgery. I feel awful about missing so many wonderful thoughts and more than a few queries that have gone unanswered. If you are one who wondered why I never responded, a thousand pardons.

The picture you see warmed my heart when I was here instead of there in Warrensburg with my friends and all those kids. Around this table of smiling faces you are looking at an enormous pool of talent. Some of the finest writers and illustrators in America are lifting a glass to cheer me, and it worked! Thank you, my friends.

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Two wonderful treasures from the litfest

Hi everyone,

I’ll move on from all this tomorrow, but today I absolutely must share these two beautiful girls who attended. The first is Hannah the daughter of Sandy’s cousin, Leslie Johnson. Thank you Leslie for giving me permission.
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The second charming miss is Madelynn, who reads like a dream and has wowed me on two previous occasions. I was looking forward to seeing her again. I felt as sad as she looks. Thank you, Sandy D’Angelo Hutchinson, for the permission.1465126_10153253995401534_4886859850607344051_n

That time of year

Hi everyone,
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Today I start pulling our tax materials together. It always takes longer than I expect or want it to. I keep most documents in a drawer all year to make the process easier but nothing is ever easy when dealing with our dear uncle.

I’ll work a while this morning because yesterday I received the edits on a poetry manuscript that I’ve been expecting and I want some time alone with it. That makes two in hand with a third due any day. These are all high priorities so the poetry chapter will go back in the drawer for a while. It isn’t due yet so that’s okay. Now that I know how I’m going to approach it, I’m not worried.

I don’t have much time anyway between now and Sunday when I leave for Warrensburg and the Children’s Literature Festival, one of the highlights in every year.