Back to work. I think I’ll spend today in the desert. I’m getting much closer on that one and would like to wrap it up in the next week or so. I have a couple of new ideas, one for nonfiction, one for poetry, that I’m eager to start, but first I’d like to get out of the desert. Mary Jo Fresch and I are on the brink of sending off our manuscript for classroom teachers so that will feel good too. I also need to finish an interview for a journal in Colorado and sketch some notes for the article this fall in another journal. That ought to keep me off the streets for a while.
Hope you all have a good day,
As Jane Yolen and I pointed out, the past few days have made it tough to be a toad around here. We’ve now registered over eight inches of rain in the past week so that adds to the mix. But moving on . . .
It took all week but yesterday afternoon I finished my last of five poems for the collection I’m doing with two other poets. I still have the end notes to attend to, but that won’t take more than three days, I hope. Standing by is the need to finish editing the poetry chapter I’m doing for CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN THE READING PROGRAM while also getting back to work on the Scholastic book with Mary Jo Fresch and deciding what my subject will be for an article I’ve promised to write for a state reading journal. When I can, I want to get back to the middle grade novel that is all but finished. May should be a busy but good month.
Yesterday afternoon it was a pleasure to visit Dawn Licata and her 2nd grade class at David Harrison Elementary School. Dawn is one of the teachers around the country who volunteered to introduce students to classroom activities suggested in the book I’m co-writing with Mary Jo Fresch.
I’m SO pleased to have a Springfield school represented in the book and naturally I’m especially delighted that it will be someone from Harrison Elementary. While I was there Dawn showed me some of the work that her kids have done. I loved it.
I read for a while to Dawn’s students and answered questions. As I was leaving, one boy handed me a letter he had written and illustrated just for me. He thanked me for all the “great books (I) have made to the world” and concluded that I “should be in history.” I liked the first part and appreciated the spirit of the second, but honestly I don’t feel quite ready to be history.
I agreed to start another project yesterday, this one with two other poets. As always, beginnings are exciting and filled with anticipation of challenges ahead. We hope to finish the submission draft by the end of May, which seems reasonable. My current manuscripts in process should be finished or at rest by the end of April so whatever work is left on this new one should be doable in a sprint during May.
For now I’m focusing on two other projects especially. Mary Jo Fresch and I are still waiting for teacher and student input for the book we’re doing for Scholastic. During the Children’s Literature Festival, several teachers took my card so I hope to hear from some of them soon. And I’m well into the revisions for my desert story. I started on Monday and have made good progress this week. If the pace continues, I should finish it before the end of April.