Blog tour stop #6

Hi everyone,

I’m so pleased that Michelle Kogan at Michelle Kogan–Art, Illustration, & Writing (https://moreart4all.wordpress.com/2020/02/20/blog-tour-after-dark-poems-about-nocturnal-animals-by-david-l-harrison/?fbclid=IwAR3WcYEV2kz3UAHVSIfMBS49KRvZY59i7geSbSid08CKqwf19Vv9Klci5xs) is hosting tour stop #6 today. I’m grateful to Michelle, as I have been each day to my hosts — Kathy Temean, Carol Varsalona, Jane Heitman Healy, Sylvia Vardell, and Linda Baie. I’m truly blessed.

I’m put in the shade by the technical skills and ability to use social media by my hosts. I keep forgetting that this tour also has a hashtag that anyone can use to aid the cause: #AfterDarkBlogTour. Lots of tweets and FB notices too. What a learning curve I’m on!

In other matters, I learned yesterday that the most recent volume of SOMETHING ABOUT THE AUTHOR, the series of reference books about authors, came out in December. I’m in it and saw the draft some time ago of a rather lengthy article about my work, but I didn’t realize the book was now in print and making its way into library reference rooms around the country. Not many individuals will pop for a copy at the fancy price of $285. Not this individual anyway.

3rd stop on AFTER DARK blog tour and good news about AND THE BULLFROGS SING

Hi everyone,

As the blog tour for AFTER DARK continues, today Jane Heitman Healy is hosting at Read, Learn, and be Happy at http://readlearnandbehappy.blogspot.com/

With a special thank you to Jena Benton for creating the tour graphic and for being my host on the day AFTER DARK comes out on the 25th, I am grateful to my 1st host, Kathy Temean, and 2nd host, Carol Varsalona. We’ve had many visitors who have left comments.

Yesterday I received exciting news about a recognition for AND THE BULLFROGS SING. It won’t be announced by the state involved until March 5 so more about it then. Needless to say, I’m delighted.

My thanks to all!
David

Blog tour schedule

Hi everyone,

Here we are in February 2020. How did that happen? Didn’t we just start this year? I only stopped wishing folks a Happy New year a little while ago. Wow!

Three weeks from tomorrow, February 25, is pub day for AFTER DARK, POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, and my blog tour to help introduce the book begins one week from today on February 11. I’m very grateful for all the good people who have agreed to be hosts on the tour and give special thanks to Jena Benton for creating a beautiful graphic so everyone can follow the schedule. And thanks to Kerry McManus at Boyds Mills & Kane for suggesting a helpful hashtag: #AfterDarkBookTour to further boost the cause. I’m excited!

Here’s the graphic with a list of blog names and dates. In many cases I’ve been asked to respond to questions. In total my responses were 17 pages long. No one asked the same question! Renee La Tulippe asked for a video so I made one for the day she hosts.

Here’s the complete list of hosts. I hope you will check their blogs each day to say hi or leave a comment. Hosting an author with a new book takes a lot of work and I can’t thank them enough.

2/11/20 Tuesday
Kathy Temean at Writing & Illustrating
https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/
or http://www.writingandillustrating.com

2/13/20 Thursday
Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink
https://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com

2/17/20 Monday
Jane Heitman Healy at Read, Learn, and be Happy
http://readlearnandbehappy.blogspot.com/

2/18/20 Tuesday
Sylvia Vardell at PoetryForChildren
https://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com

2/19/20 Wednesday
Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
https://www.teacherdance.org/

2/20/20 Thursday
Michelle Kogan atMichelle Kogan–Art, Illustration, & Writing
https://moreart4all.wordpress.com/

2/21/20 Friday
Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
http://janicescully.com

2/24/20 Monday
Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
http://reflectionsontheteche.com

2/25/20 Tuesday – PUBLICATION DAY!
Jena Benton at Simply 7
https://jenabenton.com/category/simply7-interview/

2/26/20 Wednesday
Renée LaTulippe at No Water River
https://www.nowaterriver.com/

2/27/20 Thursday
Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
https://awordedgewiselindamitchell.blogspot.com/

2/28/20 Friday
Matt Forest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme
https://mattforrest.wordpress.com/

3/2/20 Monday
Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
https://irenelatham.blogspot.com/

3/3/20 Tuesday
Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
https://readingtothecore.wordpress.com/?p=950&preview=true ` `

A big day for Word of the Month Poetry Challenge

Hi everyone,

This is a special day. For the first time in years we have the pleasure of reading poems inspired by the Word of the Month word that are written by students!

I am very grateful to Jane Heitman Healy for selecting stellar examples of “Surprise Poetry” written by Joan Upell’s 8th grade ELA classes, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Junior High, Eagle Butte, SD, Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Joan, please tell your students how much I love their poems. I’m delighted to share them with all the readers who are going to love them too.

Please go to the top of the page and click on the box marked YOUNG POETS W.O.M. POEMS. I know the eager poets will enjoy hearing your thoughts about their work. You are going to find their poems surprising!

My Word of the Month poem

Hi everyone,

Here’s my Word of the Month poem inspired by our word: ZONE. I hope to see a lot more poems before the end of the month. So far we have eight thanks to Cory Corrado, Jeanne Poland, Bryn Strudwick, Jane Yolen, William Joe Pyles, Robert Schechler, Elizabeth Neubauer,, and Jane Heitman Healy.

The Road

Together down the road we go.
Where we’re going we don’t know.
Most prefer it nice and slow.
Some are in a hurry though.

Those who like a slower gait
Have no sense of running late.
If now and then they pause to wait,
The fun of getting there is great.

For others slowpokes make them groan.
Winning is all they’ve ever known.
To get there fast and first, alone,
They live inside the passing zone.

Together down the road we go.
Where we’re going we don’t know.
Most prefer it nice and slow.
Some are in a hurry though.

(c) 2019 David L. Harrison
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