3rd stop on AFTER DARK blog tour and good news about AND THE BULLFROGS SING

Hi everyone,

As the blog tour for AFTER DARK continues, today Jane Heitman Healy is hosting at Read, Learn, and be Happy at http://readlearnandbehappy.blogspot.com/

With a special thank you to Jena Benton for creating the tour graphic and for being my host on the day AFTER DARK comes out on the 25th, I am grateful to my 1st host, Kathy Temean, and 2nd host, Carol Varsalona. We’ve had many visitors who have left comments.

Yesterday I received exciting news about a recognition for AND THE BULLFROGS SING. It won’t be announced by the state involved until March 5 so more about it then. Needless to say, I’m delighted.

My thanks to all!

A big day for Word of the Month Poetry Challenge

Hi everyone,

This is a special day. For the first time in years we have the pleasure of reading poems inspired by the Word of the Month word that are written by students!

I am very grateful to Jane Heitman Healy for selecting stellar examples of “Surprise Poetry” written by Joan Upell’s 8th grade ELA classes, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Junior High, Eagle Butte, SD, Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Joan, please tell your students how much I love their poems. I’m delighted to share them with all the readers who are going to love them too.

Please go to the top of the page and click on the box marked YOUNG POETS W.O.M. POEMS. I know the eager poets will enjoy hearing your thoughts about their work. You are going to find their poems surprising!

Happy news for me

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I heard from Jane Heitman Healy some good news about one of my books, COWBOYS. Here’s part of her note:
Jane Heitman HealyDavid,
I thought you’d like to know that your book Cowboys has been recorded for blind and visually impaired citizens of South Dakota . . . I’m glad a new audience can now enjoy your work!

COWBOYS was on the South Dakota reading list for 2014-15, and now this. I couldn’t be happier. Here’s the link she sent. http://library.sd.gov/BTB/news/2015/Summer.aspx#South . Jane, my Stetson’s off to all who had a hand in making this decision.

Looking for the next poetry challenge

Hi everyone,

Thanks again to J. Patrick Lewis for his latest poetry challenge. Here’s a recap of contributors so far.

Ionic a Minore

What If – Song Parodies

Haiku book reviews

Couplets about my ugly lake
Couplets to scold me for being in Florida

If you have a favorite verse form and/or subject with which to tease us into action, I look forward to your suggestion. And by the way, even now, months after some of the challenges were posted, I’m still receiving new contributions. Thanks and keep it up.