Tuesday, August 19, 2014

around the world and ...

We're still here! We're just, not, *here*.

I've been in the cave of revisions. Biscuit has been dutifully hanging out with me because ... that's her job (bless her). Once I send this new revision to my editor (BLESS her, too, extra-a-lot), I'll start gearing up for a fun fall of new stories, book festivals (huzzah!), more revisions (ha), and coffee with my friends. Or french fries with my friends. Any excuse to see them and eat stuff ... that is all I'm after.

Which brings me to Rebecca!

Rebecca is a wonder; a whimsical and lovely* (*seriously, she looks like a J Crew model) word-lover who blogs at Sturdy for Common Things. She spends her days helping kids create and dream and discover books they'll never forget. I am a fangirl of Rebecca, in case it's not obvious. So when she told me she enjoyed A Snicker of Magic, I did the dance of joy. And when she invited me over to her blog, I squealed.

And then I found out she was moving to The Kingdom of Chattanooga and I said, "LET'S GET COFFEE OR FRENCH FRIES AND BE FRIENDS!"

I wasn't quite that geeky. But close.

As you know, I have a whole Santa-sized list of reasons that Chattanooga is a super-cool city. It's gorgeous, for one. It's full of mountains and fairy-tale towns and battlefields and carousels. We have mighty fine restaurants, and quirky snack shops that sell chocolate whisky cake pops. We have golden dance steps embedded into the sidewalks and a bakery downtown that only makes dog treats. As of this fall, we will have an Anthropologie!!! *cue angel chorus* But the better-than-best part of this city is the people. And I think the heartbeat of a city is always its library. We have a rock-steady heartbeat of a library. And we have amazing librarians.

See HERE for an example. 

And HERE for another one. 

And then check out Rebecca's blog or Pinterest because, wow.

One of the many reasons the Chattanooga Library is so special, in my opinion, is because it merges technology and art in such imaginative ways. Heck, I didn't know technology could be art until I started reading about all the amazing stuff happening at the library downtown. Rebecca just moved to town to be the children's librarian, and I think that makes us a bunch of the luckiest ducks. I remember how it felt to tuck my hopes and dreams and heart into books when I was little. But I didn't realize what a library could be until I was an adult. I'm so happy kids in the city have this library. And that they have folks like Rebecca and Justin and the rest of the magicians there who are creating a place where it's safe to dream and wonder and create. It makes me sappy.

This song, however, just makes me happy. I'll be singing it for the rest of the day. 

You can read the full interview [[here]]. We discussed the folks who live in Midnight Gulch and the power of words and the meaning of magic. I even got to talk about why my word for 2014 is PIONEER. And I got to talk about why this gift means so much to me: 

Do you ever pick a word for the year? Even if you don't, is there a word that fits what you want your year to be? 

Okay! I must grab some supplies (aka: coffee and M&M's) and crawl back into my revision cave. I hope you are having the sweetest summer. I would love to hear how you're doing (and what you're reading!)! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

#virtualbookclub = spindiddly

Hello friends!

Apparently, the swanky folks of the #virtualbookclub on Twitter have made A Snicker of Magic one of their book club selections this month! HOORAY!

If you'd like to be involved in the conversation, hop over on The Twitter and check out the #virtualbookclub hashtag at 9PM - EST tonight.

Sadly, I have to miss out, as I'm currently banished to The Land of No Internet. This summer, I'm hiding out in quiet places, digging deep inside my heart, and working on my second novel. I'm super excited about it, and I can't wait to talk more about the new characters who've moved into my brain space.

Since Biscuit and I are in the edit trenches, I decided to pre-set this post to publish on Monday, July 14th to say THANK YOU.

Thank you so, so much for reading Snicker and taking the time to discuss it!

I also thought it might be fun to share the answers to some of the questions I get asked about the story. I've sent this list to the lovely Niki Ohs Barnes and Beth Shaum as well, in case they want to tweet any of it tonight.  If you'd rather not read these, that is totally understandable! I know some people prefer a reading experience without ever knowing what's happening behind the fluttery curtain.

If you're interested in what inspired the book, how characters came to fruition, how I came up with the words, what it's like working with an editor, how it felt to be published, and where the heck __________ disappeared to?!** ... keep reading.

** There are spoilers ahead. So if you haven't read the story yet, and you are firmly anti-spoiler, maybe go watch this sweet baby otter instead of reading the rest of this post.

I'm so bummed that I can't participate in tonight's chat. I'm pretty surprised, and totally delighted, that #virtualbookclub would choose to discuss Snicker. Thank you for bringing your heart to the story. Thank you for reading it so thoughtfully.

Here's how I took some of my favorite things:

ice cream
bluegrass music
a curse
an inky bird
a quirky family
a possible witch's curse ...
.... and a snicker of magic ...

and patched them,
and stitched them,
into one sugar-dusted story.

I hope you enjoyed your time in Midnight Gulch. I hope you never forget that your words are magical things. And, well, I hope. That's it, really. For you, and for me, I think hope is always there, always fluttering at the edges of the stories we get to live and write. Good magic, that. :)

Have a most spindiddly Summer!

Love (& Blackberry Sunrise),

(aka: Answers to Sometimes-Sort-of Frequently Asked Questions)

*   One of the early inspirations for ASoM was an Avett Brothers concert.

*   When the lights dimmed, and the music hit the air, I felt insta-chills ripple up and down my arms. People were dancing together, having an amazing time. Strangers who came from different backgrounds, and believed different things, all came together because of music. I told my brother it was more like a magic show than a concert.

*   The Avett Bros music helped me find my way through the story. Their music helps me find my way every time I write. I like the roughed up beauty of their songs.

*   The idea of word collecting came from a Beatles song. Theres a line in Across the Universe about words slithering and slipping through the atmosphere. I love that image. I started thinking about the words I might see over my friends, my dog, a summer sunset, a storm

*   While I was editing the book, I realized I actually wrote ASoM because I was homesick for people I love, and miss. Particularly, my grandparents. 

*   My grandfather played a guitar and a banjo. When my brother plays those instruments now, its never just music I hear. I picture sunlight. Summer days. Cowboy boots tapping the porch. Something about music turns the memories loose inside me.

*   One of my grandmothers was a quilter, and she also had a knack for bringing people together. Thats where I got the idea for Cleos words: Patch it, Mend it, Stitch it back together.

*   My other grandmother (I called her Granny) loved poetry. She gave me a book of poems with notes in the margins about why she liked them. I remember thinking it was as if shed pressed memories in the book for me to find.

*   I had a great time with the wordplay in ASoM. Sometimes I would go on a search for interesting, odd, funky, fun words. Sometimes I was drawn to words simply because I like the sound.

*   Smashing words together to make up new words was fun, too. I dont collect words the same way Felicity Pickle does, but I treasure them.

*   I cant see words floating above peoples heads. But since ASoM has been published, Ive heard from readers who have similar abilities. One reader told me that every word she reads has a flavor.

*   I wasnt consciously thinking of Synesthesia when I wrote from Felicitys perspective, but I certainly think she could have that.

*   I watched a documentary about a man who had a form of Synesthesia that gave every musical note a color. Thats where I got the idea for Boones similar ability.

*   Dreaming up characters is one of my favorite parts of writing. I think there are definitely elements of people I know in the characters. Cleo is very much like my granny.

*   Biscuit is the name of my dog. I knew I would stick with the story if I could imagine Biscuit running through the scenes. Plus, I love animals. I wanted Felicity and Frannie to have a sweet dog. Here's Biscuit the Task Master, making sure I'm working on edits: 

*   Initially, I didnt think I would write a sequel for ASoM. But I might peak back in on Midnight Gulch someday.

*   Coming up with ice cream flavors was another fun part. Definitely the most fun Ive ever had with research. Ha!

*   Readers often want to know what happened to Felicitys dad. A reader can imagine this any way they want, but I think Roger Pickle was having some personal struggles. He thought he needed to work out those issues alone, so he wouldnt burden his family. Thats the wrong decision, of course. But thats the decision he made.

*   A thoughtful reader in Holly Muellers (@MuellerHolly) class asked if I thought Felicity would have forgiven her father, if he had come back. I think she definitely would have, yes.

*   Even though Felicitys happy ending wasnt perfect, I think shes in a good place. Families can look so many different ways. Felicitys family might look different; but theyre loving and supportive and theyre giving her a safe place to bloom up bright and fine.

*   Meeting young readers is one of my absolute favorite parts of writing. Im so impressed by their questions. Teachers and parents are doing an amazing job of giving students a safe space to share their heart through words. This is a beautiful poem I received from a talented young reader named Julie: 

*   A student in David Muellers (@MrMuellerTeach) school told me that she drew Oliver's bird on her wrist for a spelling bee, because it made her feel brave.

*   Another reader in Davids school told me ASoM gave her confidence. That makes me SO happy! 

*   After brainstorming Beedle ideas, Greg Armamentoss (@dashthebook) students organized a yard sale to raise money for charity. Here's a picture of a fun piece of word-art they made for me: 

*   Ive heard stories of Beedles in several classrooms - leaving kind notes and suckers on desks, and donating books to the class library.

*   Im not surprised young readers connected to the Beedle. I think kids have a magical mix of imagination and kindness swirling around inside them. But I am thrilled! I cant take any credit for the Beedling though. Thats all them. 

*   My editor is Mallory Kass (@Mal_a_la_tete) at Scholastic. Working with her is been a dream. This is when she surprised me with the finished copy of my book at ALA this year! 

*   I once heard Richard Peck say that a good editor holds a flashlight while a writer digs for treasure. Mallory helped me find the heart of my story.

*   Even her edit letters - which are long and intense - always leave me feeling inspired. Im so lucky that I get to work with her.

*   I have jokingly said that my writing inspirations are Roald Dahl and Dolly Parton. But Im not really joking. I think Im drawn to the idea of writing rockabilly fairytales.

*   For as long as Ive been able to daydream, Ive wanted to be a writer.

*   Some of the books that made me a proud booknerd for life were: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Babysitters Club, Anne of Green Gables, & Roald Dahl & Judy Blume books. One of my Scholastic friends, Tracy, tweeted me this picture of Ann M. Martin holding Snicker. You better believe I cried buckets: 

*   My second novel is scheduled to come out in Fall 2015. A friend asked for a four word clue about Novel #2. I said: 

Hot Chocolate.


*   My favorite ice cream flavor is Blackberry Sunrise, which Beth Shaum made for me! This is from an event in Ohio when I finally got to meet Beth: 

*   Im still amazed anyone would take the time to read ASoM. And I feel so blessed that I get to spend so much time doing what I love. I wake up every day grateful. Thank you for giving the Pickles a home in your heart. Im honored to see Snicker as a #virtualbookclub pick!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

thrilled to be a hicklebee.

During the same week A Snicker of Magic was officially released, I got to take a trip to California. This trip confirmed three things I suspected:

1. I love Californians. They're dreamy and kind and easy going. And fun.
2. Young readers in California are inspiring. I was invited to a few school visits while I was there, and every group of readers was so attentive and thoughtful and fun. Their questions were so imaginative. I'm so lucky I got to meet them.
3. The KidLit Community in California is inspiring. Booksellers, writers, teachers, librarians, readers - they all band together to share stories they love. It was such a special time for me. I was so lucky to be invited, and I'm so grateful Scholastic decided to send me (and my twang) to meet so many sweet folks.

While I was in sunny California, I got visit the whimsical landmark known as Hicklebee's. 

Hicklebee's, as you probably know, is a magical bookstore. (Here's their home on the web: http://hicklebees.com)

Just the fact that they champion books would make them magical. But I didn't know (until I visited) that Hicklebee's is also a museum. You'll find traveling pants signed by Ann Brashares and a cupboard signed by Lynne Reid Banks. Signatures of authors are scribbled all across the walls. Storybook characters are painted above the shelves. Perhaps the coolest moment for me was when I whirled around and saw a poster featuring Walter, a librarian/advocate/actor/amazing individual I met at NCTE last year (on Twitter, you know him as Waltergiant).

"Walter!" I squealed, as if he was actually standing in the room. I think I even reached toward him. Hug reflex, you know? :)

Hicklebee's was magical. I was excited just to go and visit. Crazier still: they'd just received their order of Snicker books, so I got to hang out for a bit and sign stock. Signing books there is such a special memory for me. Even more special: spending time with Valerie and her booksellers. They're wonderful. That day is a sweet Blackberry Sunrise memory, for sure.

Fast forward to now (aka: a few months later). 

I got an email from book wizard/California dreamer Summer Laurie, who informed me that A Snicker of Magic is the Hicklebee's Spring 2014 Book of the Year!


I was still out of my mind with happiness simply because they carried Snicker in that store. I can't believe they made it their Book of the Year. Look at this crazy-amazing list:

I'm shocked that Snicker is now part of that litany of storytelling.


Those are the words Felicity would see swirling and whirling over my head.

Thank you so much, Hicklebee's!

If you're ever in San Jose (or if you're lucky enough to live near there), go by and hug the Hicklebee's for me. Buy lots of books from them. And take some time to meander around and daydream while you're there. It's a perfectly safe and lovely place for daydreaming. Magical, in every way.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

blackberry sunrise & sunrise words.

Hello, friends! I hope you're having a fun summer!

I wanted to pop on and thank you for the comments you've been leaving on the blog lately. I'm sorry it's taken a bit for me to get on here and approve them. In case you're curious, I turned on the "approve" feature to try and limit the spam. (Spam = people trying to leave links to websites that sell weird stuff.) You should see your comments popping up now. Thanks for your patience!

Today, I received the sweetest comment on an old post from a reader named Madeleine Claire. I thought it might be fun to answer her question in this post.

From Madeleine Claire:  
Hello! I love A Snicker of Magic! Felicity is such a good role model. She is spindiddly and splendiferous! I was wondering what these words look like to Felicity: Sunshine, Morning, Sky, and Light ( as in sunlight, not the opposite of heavy). Thank you! 

From me: 

Hello! Thank you so much for this sweet compliment. I'm so happy you enjoyed A Snicker of Magic! I'm especially happy when readers make a connection with Felicity. I had so much fun writing from her perspective. Even though I'm writing something new (with all new characters), I still hear (or read) certain words and think about how Felicity might see them. The words you picked out are especially lovely and fun:


I think Felicity would see these words stretched across the horizon, just before the sun comes up. At first, the letters would look like smudged-sky fingerpaint. And as the sun climbed up into the sky, the letters would slowly fade into nothing but light. They'd make Felicity think of new days, new beginnings, and how exciting it is to have another whole day's worth of minutes to share with the people she loves.

That's what I think, but you can imagine whatever you want! How do you think Felicity would see those words? (Thanks for asking such a creative and thoughtful question, Madeleine!)

And this is another recent question that came from Lorelee, via Twitter: 

From me: 

Thanks for asking, Lorelee! Fittingly enough, Blackberry Sunrise was inspired by a memory. During summers when I was little, my granny would buy buckets of wild blackberries. Sometimes she'd go into full scientist mode: making jams and jellies and pies and all sorts of wonders. Sometimes she would simply dust the blackberries with sugar, and we'd sit side-by-side and eat them and talk. Some of the blackberries were sweet. Some of them were so sour they made my lips pucker. But the experience was always special because I shared it with Gran. I never pass a blackberry stand, or eat a blackberry, without thinking of her.

So if I took a bite of Blackberry Sunrise right now, I would remember my granny. In particular, I would remember the summer afternoon we sat on the porch steps making shadow puppets. While the sun sank slowly behind the woods, Granny showed me how to move my hands and make shadows-creatures against the grass. They looked like people. They looked like bunnies. They looked like tiny little blackbirds, flying side-by-side.

Whenever I was with her, I felt like I could fly. That's a sweet memory for me.

What about you? What would your Blackberry Sunrise moment be?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

long live the beedle.

When people ask me to share the sweetest part of this publishing journey so far ... I go blank.

And it's not because I can't think of anything to say.

It's because I feel so much.

And it's because I still get teary trying to talk about it all. A Snicker of Magic has been such a sweet journey. Sometimes I try to break that journey up, into smaller, kaleidoscope pieces - particular moments that sparkle and shine. There are lots. I'm so grateful for all of it. I feel so blessed to be able to spend so much time doing what I love. In many ways, I thought once the book was written, the story was finished.

But the end wasn't really the end at all. And that's been quite a surprise.

I can't believe people would take the time to read my book. Or spend their hard earned money and buy it. Or save up their allowance and buy it at the book fair.

Or take the time to write me letters.

Or make amazing art inspired by the story. (This was created by 4th graders in Delaware, Ohio. Isn't it gorgeous?!)

Or tweet their favorite lines.

Or read it with their classrooms.

Or actually develop a recipe for Blackberry Sunrise. 

Or make a Pinterest board just for the book.

My heart; it spins and spins. The spinning will never stop. I am certain of that.

There's a particularly shiny part I'd love to share with you today, though. It has to do with The Beedle.

Just in case you haven't read A Snicker of Magic yet, I'll try to briefly explain without being spoiler-y:

In the town of Midnight Gulch, there is a mysterious do-gooder known simply as: The Beedle. The Beedle does anonymous good deeds for folks. And he/she/it has been doing good deeds for at least fifty years. Sometimes these acts of kindness are great and obvious but, most of the time, Beedle-deeds are smaller, sweeter acts.

A parking meter gets filled up.

A box of dog treats shows up on the doorstep.

A new set of banjo strings are given to a musician who desperately needs to find a new song.

VERY FEW PEOPLE Nobody knows the exact identity of The Beedle, is the thing. All the good is done in secret. The Beedle is an important part of the story, as you know if you read the book.

Here's what sparkles and shines:

Because readers are so wonderful, passionate, and kind ... The Beedle isn't just in the book anymore.

A few months ago, I got an email from a sweet reader who shall remain anonymous (you'll see why in a second). She'd just read A Snicker of Magic, and she wanted me to know that she loved the story. That was a thrill to hear.

She also had a question.

For her birthday, she'd decided to spend the whole day doing anonymous random acts of kindness.

And she was wondering if, for the duration of her birthday weekend, she could be The Beedle in her hometown?

I answered exactly as Felicity Pickle would: "YES YES YES!!!"

She sent me pictures from her Beedle weekend.

If you think I got teary looking at those, you are correct. 

And then I started hearing from more Beedles. 

A couple of months ago, I spoke at the library in Delaware, Ohio. I need to recap that full experience on here sometime. The entire trip to Ohio was wonderful. I spoke at Bailey Elementary and Old Sawmill during the day, and both groups of students were attentive, kind, funny, and fun. I was delighted when students showed up at the library presentation in Delaware. One class had been reading Snicker together, and so they came to the event with their books (even though this was after school!). They sat on the first three rows, hugging their books. They asked great questions. They were amazing. 

And when they came through the line to get their books signed, several students told me they had Beedles in their classroom. BEEDLES.

And not, like, beetles. Their classroom wasn't infested with bugs. They had more than one "Beedle" who'd been anonymously doing good deeds (like donating new books in their classroom library) and leaving kind notes around the room. 

I thought my heart might explode with happiness. 

When their teacher took a group photo of all of us together someone (who shall remain anonymous, of course) whispered: 

"I'm the Beedle." 

And there are more. 

Last week, I Skyped with Mr. Greg Armamentos's students in Illinois. They were a fantastic group, and asked great questions. Before each student asked a question, Greg would tell me a little bit about that student, which was wonderful. I could tell they were a tight group, and a kind group. Greg emailed me later and shared this: 
"So today the kids were brainstorming what they would do if they were designated the new Beedle. What acts of kindness would they want to do? After a few minutes, kids began to ask: Is this just a writing idea, or CAN we actually do the ideas we come up with? One of the kids came up with a letter-writing idea. Soon most of the kids raised their hands asking to write anonymous letters to peers. A couple of girls remembered a project that was dear to their heart, but didn't garner enough support from their Girl Scout Troop. They want to raise money to send a girl to school. I could barely hold back the tears. Several other kids have their own unique ideas of how to spread kindness."


If I were a word collector like Felicity Pickle, I might be able to sum up how this makes me feel. Actually, Felicity would have to make up a word to describe how sweet this is. All I can offer is a heartfelt W O W. 

Dear Beedles, 

Thank you for inspiring me the way you do. 

Thank you for being brave little lights in a world that can be so crummy and dark. Thanks for looking for the good in a person, and in a situation. Thank you for spreading so much kindness and joy. 

Pumpernickel, my friends. It's an honor to know you.

*fist bump* 

Let's keep Beelde-ing.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Felicity Pickle & The NYT!

Before I gush and get a little sappy about the amazing readers I met last week, I wanted to make extra-especially sure I shared this happy news:

A Snicker of Magic was reviewed in the New York Times last Sunday!!! And it's a lovely review.

Click here if you'd like to read Elisabeth Egan's thoughts on Felicity & Co (she called the story "whimsical and bewitching"!!!). I still can't believe it!

Dad and I went to Starbucks that morning so we could buy a hard copy. Here's a picture of him, proudly holding the issue, just before announcing to everyone within earshot that my book is reviewed in there:

He's the sweetest!

I don't write much in coffee shops anymore. I'm in a weird season where I like to write in the quiet, listening to nature-sounds (rain, in particular). I like space to talk to myself (or my dog) without people worrying that I'm a French Fry short of a Happy Meal. But I have written heaps in that particular Starbucks, and I have no doubt I spent some time in Midnight Gulch there. The barista working that day has been there as long as I've been going there. He's an older guy with a kind smile who always says, "Hello, sweetheart!" when I walk in the door. That morning, I pushed my paper across the counter, ordered my coffee, and whispered, "Guess what? My novel is reviewed in this issue."

He glanced up over his glasses. "Is that right?"

I shook my head excitedly. Cartoonishly.

"Then show me!" he grinned.

So I turned to the page, just to show him. But he twisted the paper around so he could actually read it. As the line grew steadily longer, he cleared his throat and read, quite loudly: "New Girl in Town..."

He beamed. He cheered. And then he wouldn't let us pay for my coffee.

The sun was sparkling that morning, and the world was barely awake. While we waited for our coffee, I held the paper close against my chest, like I could press all the words against me, and I looked at the corner seat where I used to write. And wonder. And hope. It all made me tear up a little bit.

Not every review is good.

Not every story becomes a book.

Most people only hear the Cinderella-part of a publication story; the part where you actually get to do the thing you dreamed about. They gloss over the years you spent writing and wondering and learning and waiting and hoping.

Sometimes, it takes a long time. All the time, it feels like a miracle. I'm totally aware that my book is a sweet, quiet book. That most people will never know about it. That I'm not a big deal. But everything about this matters so much to me. And as much time as I spend sinking in self-doubt, I think it's important to celebrate the sweet moments when they happen. I would be wackadoodle not to celebrate this. My. Word. I've imagined some wild things, but I don't know if I was ever brave enough to imagine some of the wonderful things that have happened.

Don't give up on the hoping and dreaming part, is all I'm saying. Find the perfect window seat, the one where rain smears against the glass and sends tear-shadows over your pages, and write your heart out.

I'm grateful and excited and still a little bit stunned. What a day.

Yes, yes, yes!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pack up the Pickled Jalapeño! (AKA: Details for Ohio, Texas and North Carolina events!)

Did I tell you I almost bought a Willie Nelson makeup bag for when I travel? Besides being totally awesome in every way, it seems like the kind of thing that could become a good luck charm, doesn't it? Like, "Turn the car around! I forgot my Willie Nelson makeup bag!

Alas, I don't have the bag. Yet. But I'm traveling to a few FUN events this week in Ohio, Texas and North Carolina to talk about A Snicker of Magic this week. Pack up the Pickled Jalapeño! 

Here's the info: 

O H I O - Tuesday, April 8th 
Reading, Presentation & Book Signing hosted by Fundamentals Bookstore
Delaware County District Library
Delaware, OH
6:30 - 8:00

For more information:
(You can also check out www.funbooksandmore.com)

T E X A S - Wednesday & Thursday, April 9th - 10th TLA (Texas Library Association) Conference

San Antonio, TX

Wednesday, April 9th
4:00-6:00pm - Scholastic Literary Reception

Thursday, April 10th
9:00-10:00am - I'm signing A Snicker of Magic at the Scholastic Booth!

2:00-3:20pm - Graveyard Shift: Building Programming around Mysterious and Scary Books
A panel discussion with James Preller, Jonothan Stroud and Penny Warner moderated by Sally Miculek. I'll be the short girl in the skull-print cardigan. 

N O R T H  C A R O L I N A - Saturday, April 12thTween Panel Extravaganza hosted by The Fountainhead Bookstore

Skyland Theater
Hendersonville, NC

2:00 - 4:00pm
Ticket info: http://www.fountainheadbookstore.com/events.php

If you're at any of these events, I hope you'll say hi (and show me a picture of your dog)!

In addition to these, I'm doing classroom visits at two schools near Columbus, Ohio. I didn't list them above, since they're private events, but I can't wait to meet those readers! The fact that hanging out with students, and talking about books and storytelling, is technically part of my "job" never ceases to amaze me. That's the best part, for sure. I'm forever amazed at the way words connect us all. 

I'll post a few updates on my Facebook page this week, if you'd like to follow along with the shenanigans. 

Have a great week!