Another wonderful experience in South Carolina

Hi everyone,

Loved being at SCIRA and seeing old friends/making new ones. My sincere thanks to president Vickie Brockman, conference chairperson Susan Fernandez, and all the committees who worked long and hard to make the 45th annual conference so successful. I loved seeing my old pal Joan Stevenson, who managed book sales.

Our room looking down on the beach wasn’t too bad either!

On flights going I worked on an idea for a new science-based picture book. On the return flights I was busy thinking about a new anthology that seems to have general support from several authors.

P.S. I now return to goo foffing.

A day filled with promise

Hi everyone,

First, I step out the patio door to sip coffee and watch this scene.

This afternoon Sandy and I leave for SCIRA at Hilton Head. Tonight there’s a party. Tomorrow and Saturday I earn my keep, and I’m ready.

And just in time for the conference, Sam Bommarito and Glenda Nugent are publishing the Winter Issue of Missouri Reader, which includes an entire section on poetry and includes an article I wrote plus a number of others. It’s a beautiful issue and I can’t wait to show you some of it over the weekend.

It’s a day of great promise.

Time to practice

Hi everyone,

I look forward to participating in the South Carolina International Reading Council conference this weekend at Hilton Head, SC. I haven’t been in several years and have missed many friends there so this is going to be like a reunion.

As one of the featured authors I’ll give a one hour presentation Friday morning and repeat it Saturday morning. I’ll sign books, enjoy the conference, and catch a late Saturday afternoon flight back here. I’m happy to say that Sandy is going with me.

This is the 44th annual state conference for SCIRA. This year’s theme is “Literacy…with Love.” My talk is titled, “If I Can Write, Your Kids Can Too.” I’ll present seven ways authors prepare for their work and relate how the same approaches help students improve their own writing.

I don’t always prepare talks with PowerPoint but this time I did so today I’ll be in rehearsal to make sure it all works. Between now and departure on Thursday, I need to work out the kinks and be ready. Wish me luck.

Getting ready for February

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I finished my talk for South Carolina IRA in February, but then I decided to put it into PowerPoint. Now I have thirty-five slides to make so there goes today and maybe Monday. It will be nice to have this done because my next chance to focus this many hours on it will be toward the end of the first week in January, and that’s cutting it too close.

Christmas shopping? I’m failing that course. Must. Do. Better!!

SCIRA

Hi everyone,

Looks like a good week coming up around Goose Lake. I wish the same for you.

I’m invited to South Carolina IRA (SCIRA) in 2019 so I’m hoping we can work out the details. I haven’t been to that conference since 2011 and it’s one of my favorites. I have many friends there and would love to be with them again.