Me, talking to a machine

Hi everyone,

We got home last night from Las Vegas where we spent three nights playing with Jeff and Jennifer. We ate well, did a lot of walk-about, saw a couple of excellent shows, watched the fountain at the Belagio by day and by night, and ogled a few beauties strolling around advertising various burlesque shows. I even tried my luck on a slot. Lost all ten bucks, just like that! We were afraid our flight home to icy Springfield would be cancelled but we arrived on time and were in bed by 1:00 a.m. Yawn.

And so, to work.

I’m back

Hi everyone,

I’m grateful to son Jeff for getting me back in the blog business. The problem was, as usual, something simple. The solution was, as usual, something I couldn’t fix on my own. Thank you, Jeff!

Last night before bed I jotted down five things I need to tackle today, then got up after I went to bed to add a sixth. Off we go into a new week. Let’s see what it has in store.

What’s on tap for this week

Hi everyone,

Mary Jo Fresch and I are wrapping up our book and will send it off to our editor at NCTE by the 15th. Laura Robb and I have now signed our contract with Corwin and are about to send our editor there the first three chapters for her review. This week I’ll be working on Chapter 4.

But that doesn’t mean it’s all I’ll do. I have some new ideas that want attention — a fun idea suggested by son Jeff Harrison and a collaboration with Jane Yolen that had to be put aside while we both focused on higher priorities. I hope to scare up enough time this week and next to advance the cause for those two. I also have ideas on the back burner for two other projects that have some editor interest. Those will need to wait a while longer, but I think about them often to keep my anticipation growing.

In snatched moments I like to sit somewhere and give my muse a chance to show me future projects. Each week brings new excitement because of such times.

It was some party

Hi everyone,
Our daughter Robin Williams and son Jeff Harrison threw us the best anniversary party ever yesterday on our patio. We’ve never had a party just for us before and it was fantastic. We were surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors, the weather was perfect, and every detail was attended to beautifully. We’ll never be able to thank our “kids” enough for what they did for us.
Special thanks to our son-in-law Tim Williams for preparing the best brisket for the best sliders in the history of the world and to good friend and neighbor Linda Goodman for her contributions of ideas, labor, and food. Background music for the afternoon was provided by gifted artist Bob Ranney. It was some party.