In 2010 I gave the author luncheon address at the New Jersey SCBWI conference held in Princeton, NJ. Prior to the conference I heard from Michele Heinrichs, whose 10-year-old daughter was a fan of mine. They lived two hours away by car but Rachel wanted to meet me in person and Michele was willing to drive that far if I had time.
When they arrived at the conference, I got to meet Rachel and exchange proper hugs. The conference chair, Kathy Temean, made arrangements for Rachel to sit in the back of the room with her mom during the luncheon. In years that followed, Michele brought Rachel and her younger sister Sarah to Honesdale when I was giving poetry workshops. As you can imagine, we have continued to stay in touch even as Rachel grew and became more involved in school and social activities.
Well, yesterday Rachel graduated from high school. I think you will agree she has grown and blossomed into a beautiful young woman. The first time I “met” her was when as a 4th grader she used to post poems on my blog. And now just look at what writing poetry will do for you!
Congratulations, Rachel. I am very proud of you!
With love, David
Yesterday Kathy Temean posted on her blog an interview with Mary Jo Fresch and me about our new book, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS. She also outlines the rules for a drawing for a free copy. Here’s what she says:
“All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.” And here’s the link to her blog. https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/book-giveaway-7-keys-to-research-for-writing-success/#comment-83019
Thank you, Kathy!
Here’s a link to an interview and book giveaway posted by Kathy Temean, the creator of my blog and website. It was kind of Kathy and I appreciate her support of my book, NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T. https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/book-giveaway-david-harrison .
When she was copying and pasting, a description of another of my books, A PERFECT HOME FOR A FAMILY, got plopped into the mix, but I like that book too.
If you’d like to have a chance to win a free copy of NOW YOU SEE THEM, Kathy gives you some ways to do it.
When Whiz-Kid Kathy Temean designed my website and blog in 2009, we worked until both sites met our expectations. We’ve made some adjustments along the way but it has been a while now since we stood back to take a look to see how well they fit today’s reality based on six years of experience. Nothing major, just a snip here and a tuck there ought to do it I think.
For example, I NEVER think to keep my schedule current so I think I might drop that little box and maybe replace it with the background information I just finished compiling. Anyone interested in reading some of that would find it a handy reference.
I’m sure I need to drop or rewrite my letter to principals about the Word of the Month Poetry Challenge section for students. I’m sad that teachers everywhere seem overwhelmed these days and few can carve out the time to work with their kids on writing poetry. We used to get dozens of student poems and now we get none most months and a handful in others from stalwarts like Ken Slesarik. I’m not sure what to tell principals but most of them are former teachers themselves so they understand the problem and are sympathetic to it. I keep hoping that the educational pendulum has reached its amplitude and as its velocity slows there will be more time to add in some of the important elements it lost during its initial rush toward change. Kids need time to read, time to write, time to become familiar with and passionate about the power of our language.
Okay, where was I? Oh. So I’ve asked Kathy to look over the current format and content of my blog. Many of you know my blog about as well as I do so I would be remiss if I didn’t ask for your input.
I’m going to leave this up for a couple of day. I think it’s important.