Baiting up

Hi everyone,

Got a query yesterday from an acquisitions editor at an educational house who asked if Mary Jo Fresch and I might be interested in writing a book for them. Too early to do any dancing, but it did add an uptick to the day. We have one now that has been out for a while with readers and we expect to hear something any day now. It’s good to have some hooks in the water. I have others out there with Jane Yolen and also with Sandy Asher, plus a number of my own. It keeps me hoping every morning that this is going to be the day!

Back in the wheel

Hi everyone,

Busy week coming up. I haven’t written a word in days but things look better now that I’m home. Couple of book projects need tweaking, one with Sandy Asher and one with Jane Yolen. I’m pleased with both and we’re getting close. A third project, with Mary Jo Fresch, is already out there so we wait.

I do an evening program on Tuesday and a radio spot on Thursday. On the weekend I’ll head for Kirksville to do a school visit.

As time permits I hope to get back to chapter three of a new middle grade novel.

Worth repeating

Hi everyone,

On Friday I posted a picture of my turtles studying my calendar and Jane wrote a witty poem about it. I followed up with this picture and a poem and Susan chipped in a poem as well, but I’m not sure many saw the fun developing. Today I’m reposting all that for anyone who missed the original and maybe we’ll see some further contributions before the day is done.

Jane Yolen

February 10, 2018 @ 7:04 am

The Turtles Escape

The Reading of Turtles
is not too well known.
They sit upon books
that their people all own.

They act as if reading–
–Or sleeping–who knows.
Their eyes are just painted
and they never close.

I worry they’re reading
and planning a trip.
I caution myself
that I must get a grip.

Next morning, the turtles
are missing, away.
I worry about it
for all of the day.

But turtles are careful,
deliberate, I know.
Wherever they’re headed,
It’s going to be sloooooooow.

Hahahaha!

JaneY

The Turtle’s Response

All those nights
he read to us.
All those words
he fed to us.

Now those words
will take us far
cleverly hidden
in his car.

We’ve made our plans,
we’ve marked the date,
we’ve packed our bags,
and now we wait.

He says that turtles
aren’t allowed,
but we can READ!
He’ll be so proud!

(c) by David L. Harrison, all rights reserved

Susan Hutchens

February 11, 2018 @ 12:17 am

Don’t Judge a Turtle!

Likely ’cause
we walk so slow,
people think
we just don’t know.

Folks judge us by
our outer looks –
We might be green
but we love books!

Like other creatures
here on earth,
we didn’t choose
this reptile birth.

Ever hopeful
we surge ahead,
and know we’re smart
because we read!