I’m back! After several days of frustration about being blocked from my own blog, I learned I had been logged out and all I had to do was log back in. Why, when, and how did the gremlins log me out? That’s their secret. But thanks to my web master Kathy Temean for figuring out the problem and getting me back in the game and ready to post.
By now you already know that I’m into celebrating my 50th year as a published children’s author. Thanks again to Jennifer Moore who interviewed me on KSMU Radio. I posted the link to that one on Facebook.https://www.ksmu.org/post/childrens-author-david-harrison-recalls-rejection-triumphs-his-50-year-writing-career?fbclid=IwAR0l3MrUnpxlVsVAngmti22_5XSPB9sOW0hN78kVsD8qwhKd1RDpvqMYzt8#stream/0
And after that I was featured on the blog of Christal Rice Cooper. I also posted that link on Facebook but if you missed it in the confusion, here it is again. https://chrisricecooper.blogspot.com/2019/08/120-backstory-of-poem-horse-fly-grade.html
Other nice things are in the works and I’m grateful for each of them. If you grow weary of hearing about my celebration, forgive me. It won’t happen again for another half century so please bear with me.
One thing I like about writing is the variety of subjects I get to pursue. At the moment I’m working on a piece about Mesopotamia. Yesterday my subject was the kind of animals that live in or visit caves. Last week I wrote a poem using homographs. Tomorrow? Who knows? But I’ll report to work to find out!
By the way, my thanks to my website and blog creator, Kathy Temean, for adding the banner across the top of my daily posts for a while as a reminder of my upcoming book, and my thanks to the book’s artist, Kate Cosgrove, for creating the banner. I checked the status of the new title yesterday, and it’s doing rather well considering that it won’t be out until May 14.
I spend so much time here at the blog that I sometimes forget to brag on Kathy Temean’s work when she created my website nine years ago. One of the buttons you can click on it takes you to my guest book.
I’ve added several friends and followers since the last time it occurred to me to mention the guest book and ask visitors here to pop over to sign it. This only takes a minute or two so give it some thought. Thanks for considering it.
In 2010 I gave the author luncheon address at the New Jersey SCBWI conference held in Princeton, NJ. Prior to the conference I heard from Michele Heinrichs, whose 10-year-old daughter was a fan of mine. They lived two hours away by car but Rachel wanted to meet me in person and Michele was willing to drive that far if I had time.
When they arrived at the conference, I got to meet Rachel and exchange proper hugs. The conference chair, Kathy Temean, made arrangements for Rachel to sit in the back of the room with her mom during the luncheon. In years that followed, Michele brought Rachel and her younger sister Sarah to Honesdale when I was giving poetry workshops. As you can imagine, we have continued to stay in touch even as Rachel grew and became more involved in school and social activities.
Well, yesterday Rachel graduated from high school. I think you will agree she has grown and blossomed into a beautiful young woman. The first time I “met” her was when as a 4th grader she used to post poems on my blog. And now just look at what writing poetry will do for you!
Congratulations, Rachel. I am very proud of you!
With love, David
With two books out at once I’m spending more time than usual with my marketing cap on. 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR SUCCESSFUL WRITING is being well received by those who’ve read it. Today or soon Mary Jo Fresch and I will have an article on the subject on Scholastic’s blog. More when I have it. Some of you saw (and participated in) Kathy Temean’s interview of us/book giveaway on her blog January 28. I don’t think she’s awarded the free copy yet so there might still be time to check on it. Mary Jo and I presented on the subject at NCTE and are on the ILA agenda later this year with a two hour workshop. Last week I was interviewed about the book on radio. I’m open to other suggestions for promoting 7 KEYS. Sometimes SKYPE sessions are effective, either with students or teachers.
Now that A PLACE TO START A FAMILY is out, I’m getting busy promoting that one too. This Saturday I’ll sign copies at Barnes & Noble in Springfield (1-3 p.m.). I’m arranging a store signing in Florida in February, be in a magazine in March, and in April will speak/sign at Texas Library Association, do an evening program at our main library, make a school visit in Kirksville, Missouri about four hours from here, and appear on radio to celebrate National Poetry Month. I also have my own giveaway opportunity in progress for those who leave a comment on Amazon about the book. One person has already done so although I’m not sure I know her. Bibi, I’ll be happy to put your name in the hat for this great review. Many thanks for your kind words!
“Hurray, this book finally arrived today! (I ordered it months ago.) It definitely lives up to its promise. The artwork is intricate, fascinating, and gorgeous. The poetry is fresh, fun and informative. I bought this for my toddler grandson, and had to be very careful. He was so excited by it and wanted to ripe the pages! My 10-year-old grandson is quite the naturalist, and he loves the illustrations, the poems, and especially the Learn More! boxes which lead him to more information about the builders he is curious about. Altogether, a book that offers so much: a look into the hidden world of builders and tunnelers, beautiful explanations of how they feed and hunt, mate and build. The poems are alive with rhythmic fun. This is a must for the child’s library!”
Again, I’m open to possibilities for promoting 7 KEYS so keep that in mind if you hear of anything interesting.