I spent yesterday and will work again today putting final touches on my part of the presentation Mary Jo Fresch and I are making at NCTE tomorrow. I think we’re in good shape. Mary Jo has created a beautiful set of slides for our PorwerPoint. The main inspiration for this 75-minute talk springs from our just published book, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS. We’ll sign copies of the book at the Scholastic booth right after we finish.
We all know the importance of preparation before we begin something. A simple grocery list requires research. Do we need milk? Check the fridge. Soup? Check the pantry. Otherwise you may wind up with three jars of pickles as I have now. Try writing twenty-five words about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity without doing a little homework first. Kids in school spend more than 15,000 hours from K-12 getting ready for life, yet we don’t help them understand the importance of getting to write.
Our book was written to provide practical activities teachers can use to help their students learn what they can do to prepare before they begin writing. And that’s the subject of our presentation. Wish us luck!
I’m delighted to report that our David/Mary Jo book with Scholastic has now been released. See here: https://www.amazon.com/7-Keys-Research-Writing-Success/dp/1338153676/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508538175&sr=8-1&keywords=7+keys+to+research+for+writing+success . This book was years in the making but we are both pleased with the final version of our original vision.
Mary Jo, you are a wonderful writing partner and I look forward to our presentation on this same subject in St. Louis next month at NCTE. Thank you for all your smarts and great ideas!
The new year seems to be off and running. It’s high time. We only have 360 days left!
So far I’ve named my new wagon, with your help (It’s officially BENTLEY. Thank you, Sneed Niederriter), submitted one manuscript, one book proposal, and worked with Mary Jo Fresch to submit a presentation proposal for NCTE in November.
Today I hope to concentrate on another book idea. I’m working on this project with Sandy Asher and we’re in the very early stage of trading ideas and reactions.
I’ll start by making a list of potential subject matter based on a theme and fiddle with that until some sense of it emerges clearly enough that I can draft a poem or two to share with Sandy. This one might or might not get off the ground but you have to start somewhere and this is usually how it works for me.
I don’t know what the rest of this week (today and Friday) will hold, but so far so good.
Here’s a shot of the Las Vegas Marathon while we were there. I heard that it involved 35,000 runners.
At NCTE I’m sorry to say that I didn’t get any pictures but Linda Baie was kind enough to take one of Sandy and me and someone else took a picture of Georgia Heard and Laura Purdie Salas with me at breakfast. Do I know how to pick glamorous women or what!