The week at a glance

Hi everyone,

This has been a week of making arrangements. For the record, I haven’t booked anything in years. Sandy takes care of making arrangements and I’m eternally grateful.

We’re set for an upcoming trip to Mexico at Cabo San Lucas. That one’s for play. We haven’t been to Mexico in many years so we look forward to it.

Flights and hotel are booked for New York in October. We’re picking out plays we’d like to try. We’re already seen most of the big ones. I haven’t finished booking visits with editors. I have four so far. One wasn’t available because for her it’s launch week for their spring list and two others haven’t responded yet. I may contact one or two others.

Still don’t have bookings from NYC to Florida to attend the annual owners meeting in our condo association but might get that knocked out today. I’d need to get home from there in time for the Children’s Literature Festival of the Ozarks on the 10th.

Still finalizing plans for a short book tour in the Kansas City area after the festival. Three events are down with others to come.

Flights are booked for the Rochester Children’s Book Festival in November. So happy to be returning to that one.

Hotel reservation and flights are booked for NCTE in November. Hope to see many old friends in Baltimore and make some new ones. Let me know if you plan to be there.

Reservations are made for late December to spend some time at Big Cedar in Branson. Always a great way to wind up the year.

And while we were talking over and making plans I’ve made good progress on a couple of book projects, visited with the aspiring young writer, and been interviewed and photographed for an upcoming article.

Today? Who knows what today will bring? Bring it on!

Pool treasure

Hi everyone,

I’ve been spending my time in the deep end of the pool taking pictures of crickets, spiders, beetles, and snails. Yesterday I turned to the shallow end and look what I found!

I talked soft and low to her and last night she was still here. She was still here this morning. I hope I get to keep her!


Hi everyone,

Our good friend from Hollywood, acclaimed actor/playwright/director Herman Johansen has been our house guest this weekend so we’ve loved catching up on his news. For a quick reference, here’s a link.

Among his most recent accomplishments is playing a lead role in the film, THE LAND, co-staring Kathleen Warfel,

THE LAND — Sixty-something farming couple John and Mary Lou Martin come face-to-face with mistakes from their pasts and an uncertain future as they strive to hold onto the only life they’ve ever known — will celebrate its world premier in Hollywood on Monday, June 17, at 7:15 p.m. in TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. a movie palace on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Blvd

Here’s how you can order tickets or tell someone else how:

Among Herman’s current projects, he’s working on a novel. I’m betting it will be a good one too!

Counting down the hours

Hi everyone,

There’s a saying about all good things and that applies to us today as we prepare to get back on the road tomorrow. We’ve had a fine time, as we always do, and we appreciate Tim Williams and Jennifer Harrison for “loaning” us their mates for the past week or so. Having our son and daughter with us is a wonderful treat.

I won’t be posting for a couple of days but I think I’ve done pretty well lately for someone who has been so busy goo foffing. With love and good wishes to all,