Hi everyone,

I hope to finish one book and start another this week. I’m down to the last four poems for the book with my friends and co-authors, Tim Rasinski and Mary Jo Fresch. They’ll simmer for a while before getting their final polishing, then off they’ll go to T & MJ so they can add their brilliant work. Our deadline for this second book in the set is mid-August so we’re beating that by many weeks. I am about to have my first window in four months to get into some trade ideas.

Over the weekend I was telling Sandy I needed a sequel to something that’s already out there and just like that she handed me a fantastic idea! I need to think it through, get a proposal together, and click it on its way. If all goes well, I’ll get started on that late this week. I have a radio interview tomorrow and some travel time later in the week but I think I can do it.

Yeehaw. Happy Monday!

Kids and shots and voting

Hi everyone,

This morning I’m making a virtual school visit to twenty-five classes in the Columbia, Missouri area. I look forward to meeting the kids (K-3) and their teachers.

This afternoon at 2:00 and 2:15 Sandy and I get our second shots. And after that we’ll vote on the way home.

I won’t get much work done today but it will be an excellent Tuesday for sure.

Still smiling

Hi everyone,

I had a fine day yesterday celebrating my birthday with Sandy, Robin, and Jeff. Thank you, Tim, for loaning us your wife, and thank you, Jennifer, for loaning us your husband. And thank you to everybody who took the time to send me birthday wishes. I did the best I could to keep up but if I missed thanking you, forgive me. I loved each and every one.