Back to work tomorrow…

Hi everyone,

My sincere thanks to TINA HACKER for creating and circulating a new reminder of my talk in November to The Writers’ Place in Kansas City. If you would like to help, please share this with those you know who might like to attend the free evening event. Thank you!

I sent much of last week on the sofa fighting a bad stomach reaction to a strong antibiotic. Today I can walk without hunkering over like an old man — no comments or smirks allowed — and my gut ache is down to a too many green-pear variety. I hope that by tomorrow morning I’ll be back at work and start the game of catch-up.

Here’s a little guy that has been around my office for a long time. I’ve forgotten where I got it. I wrote my first PINK PANTHER book in 1975. When I can, I’ll tell you about that, and the other two PP titles I did.

A hacker through and through

Hi everyone,

My friend and colleague, TINA HACKER, tried to post a poem for this month’s Poetry Challenge. Alas, the gremlins ate it. She tried again at my request and I’m posting it here for her. Thank you, Tina!

Hacker’s My Name
Used to be uncommon,
so when it first appeared in newspapers,
“Hackers Cause Computer Headaches,”
I cut out the headline, posted it
on my office walls. Soon had enough
to post on everyone’s walls.
HACKERS, the movie, turned
the swell into an ocean.
Never thought I’d be infamous,
send emails people wouldn’t open.
Might as well type SCAMMER
on the subject line.
Considered adding a disclaimer:
I’m not a virus or a vampire
sucking secrets from computers,
just someone with a name
as dreaded as an earthquake,
bubonic plague,
winter in Fargo.
Crashing worlds if not today
surely tomorrow.
Now on Blu-ray.
Tina Hacker

Previously Published in Silver Birch Press

Huffin’ and puffin’ away

Hi everyone,

My thanks to TINA HACKER for making and posting this announcement yesterday on a site maintained for Hallmark folks, past and present. It would be special to see some people I worked with, back in the day, when I speak at The Writers Place in November. Tina, thank you for sponsoring me for that event. I am looking forward to being back in Kansas City! Maybe some friends from the Springfield area and elsewhere will make plans to attend the free evening that is open to the public.

Yesterday I agreed to make a pre-recorded video with LAURA ROBB, JANAY BROWN-WOOD, and MARGARITA ENGLE for the NCTE conference in November. We’re already set to present at 10:30 a.m. the morning of November 21 in Anaheim.

On today’s agenda, I’ll pick up some pictures I ordered from photographer RANDY BACON from his recent exhibit in partnership with Ozark Literacy Council, “Words and Pictures.” Later in the day I’ll meet with an editor via Google. For now, it’s back in the wheel.

The Writers Place presentation will be open to the public

Hi everyone,

I’ve been asked if my talk and reading at The Writers Place in Kansas City in November will be open to the public. TINA HACKER tells me that it will be. The public is welcome to such events. Tickets are free although a $3.00 door donation is appreciated. If you are interested in attending, mark your calendar for November 8 and I’ll give you the time and other details when I know them. Thank you for considering it.

I would love to see some friends there so I hope you’ll think about getting up a group.

The Writers Place

Hi everyone,

New plans in the works for me to give a talk at The Writers Place in Kansas City. Tentative date is November 8. Title and details still to be developed.

I’m delighted, and grateful to my longtime friend and colleague, TINA HACKER, for facilitating the event. SANDY and I lived in Kansas City almost ten years, but we moved back home to Springfield 49 years ago. Until recently I had never been a member of TWP, which is a strong organization with many successful authors and poets on its roster. Current president is Missouri’s current Poet Laureate, MARYFRANCES WAGNER. I know Tina, BARBARA LOOTS, and maybe a few others, so all the more reason why I look forward to becoming better acquainted with more of Missouri’s finest writers. More when I know more.