Sunday, August 16, 2009

Where Did the Summer Go?

Summer has nearly come and gone. I always think I'll get lots of writing done, but the swimming pool, computer games and surfing the Internet seem to call me away from writing. However, the whole summer wasn't wasted. I did finish one manuscript and I'm working now toward finishing another. The first is in an agent's hands right now . . . crossing my fingers!

I'm back to work as an elementary school secretary. I returned kicking and screaming, since spending the day doing "my own things" seemed a little more fun than spending the day at work. My husband sympathized but packed my lunch and said, "Bye bye now!"

It's a rainy day, so back to writing---as soon as I finish surfing the net.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Book Signing

What a surprise! I did a book signing yesterday at Parkside books. Of all my book signings it was probably the slowest I've experienced.

Even though I hadn't seen a classmate since high school, I immediately labeled him as "a good friend" when he surprised me with a visit. (I won't go into how he announced himself when he arrived---but it was priceless.) I label him "good friend" because we were able to visit and laugh and reminisce so easily, even after many years.

We talked about old times in elementary school, old friends, and briefly about what we had done for the last few years. (Okay, lots of years.)

Anyway, it was the highlight of my day. And if you read this "good friend," thank you so much for stopping by! The visit was a wonderful surprise.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New book: The House of Chicken

I'm so excited! My newest book should be available by the end of this month. It's always fun to actually see your book in print.

I've been involved in a Reading/Math club after school Wednesdays and Fridays. I've done creative writing classes, reading classes and even a class helping the kids write their own picture books, but a math class is what they asked for, so that's what we're doing now. Surprisingly, it has really been fun. We read a book about using math in every day living, then we play some games involving math. The kids seem to really be enjoying it---and so am I.

At the end of the month I speak to a local IRA group. I'm not sure what to expect, but it's always fun to talk about something that you're interested in.

Well, watch for The House of Chicken, and make sure to ask for it at your local book store or library. Volume 2 of The Broom Closet Detectives should be available within the next few months.