I hope to finish one book and start another this week. I’m down to the last four poems for the bookwith 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.
I’m taking off a couple of days to goo foff. Don’t know what we’ll do yet. Our buddy from Kansas City, Elaine Fry, is in town so it will be good to see her.
Yesterday on Facebook I caught a glimpse of David Harrison Elementary from the air, which gave an excellent view of the size and scope of the building plus the beautiful setting, but it disappeared before I could capture it. I want to track it down for my records and also to show you.
It’s going to be a good day. At 12:00 I’ll participate in a Zoom meeting with editors at Shell Professional Books and my writing partners in a new book to be with Laura Robb and Tim Rasinski. We already have an agreement to write the book but need to address more of the details prior to a contract being drafted and sent our ways in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Missouri to sign. I can’t start my part before I finish work on the current project with Scholastic, but I’m now within a few weeks from completing that one and eager to begin work on something new.
After the noon meeting I’ll just have time to make a 1:00 visit to David Harrison Elementary School! Yes!! First time I’ve been there this school year, and the last day of classes is tomorrow. Whew! I was worried I wouldn’t get to see the kids and teachers this year but this afternoon I’ll be walking with the principal, Shawn DeWitt, up and down the halls, poking my head into classrooms to wave or pause to say hello. It will be so good.
Last evening Sandy and I went out to eat at a restaurant managed by our grandson Tyler Williams, and a lovely young college student (Regan) who served us (beautifully) was not only a former Harrison student, when the school opened in 2009, she was a 3rd grader and helped cut the ribbon to officially mark the occasion. Is that cool or what?
We had a great weekend from start to finish and want to thank you all for sending anniversary wishes. We read and relished each one. They really meant a lot to us and added so much to the pleasure of the occasion. We topped it off with a good visit with Robin and Tim to see the new roof on their back deck (thank you, Tim, for the take-home sliders for lunch today) and capped it all with champagne (thank you, Jeff and Jennifer) poolside enjoying the night sounds and views of Goose Lake.
Now to work and a busy week. On Tuesday, Kathy Temean features THE DIRT BOOK on her wonderful blog. On Wednesday, Laura Robb, Tim Rasinski, and I have a Zoom meeting with our editors at Teacher Created Materials about the new book we’re about to start with them. And on Thursday a short piece I wrote about why children should write poetry will be posted on the Springfield-Greene County Public Library blog.
Meanwhile, it’s time to polish the first twelve poems for the Tim Rasinski-Mary Jo Fresch collaboration for Corwin and get in another lick or two on a trade book proposal I’m hot to finish. On we march.