Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fun in NH, Off to Augusta

I had a beautiful day to drive to Manchester on Saturday - the leaves were fabulous! What fun to arrive at B&N to a reserved parking space - made me laugh - great cookies and lemonade. The author's panel was very interesting and I learned much about how other books are used in schools. A big thank you to Karen Creed whose hard work in preparing the event was quite evident and appreciated.

This Friday(10/17) I will be at the Barnes and Noble in Augusta. I will be there from 5 - 7pm, signing books and reading during the 6pm pajama storytime. No, I'm not wearing my PJs. If you are in the area, come and join us for some fun. The folks at B&N Augusta are great.

Read and write a bit each day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Manchester, NH

This Saturday (10/11) I will be joining three other authors for a celebration of educators at the Barnes and Noble in Manchester, NH. There will be an author panel presentation from 1-3pm, with each author sharing their book and demonstrating its use in the classroom. Following the panel presentation there will be a meet and greet with the authors as well as book signing opportunities. If you are a New Hampshire educator, please come join us for a fun afternoon filled with useful information and great deals for educators. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Good News!

Inspiration sometimes comes when you least expect it. Perhaps it comes when our minds are searching for a solution to a problem and after several failed attempts, we will consider anything.

I attempted several different strategies in my efforts to write a counting book, but nothing felt quite right. One day, when I had almost shelved any idea of a counting book - after all why would a mathphobe think they could write something that dealt with math - I went shopping with my daughter and grandson. They had been out for dinner the night before and my grandson was sitting in his car seat holding a balloon. The balloon was bigger than his head and he held it very gently. I was a bit concerned and my daughter related that he knew what could happen with a balloon and if it did, they immediately took it away. Sure enough, as we spoke, the little guy began to chant "Balloon pop! Balloon pop!"

So what is the good news? The picture book, Zero,Nada,Zilch (working title), has been accepted by Sleeping Bear for publication. We are excited and quite happy! What does it have to do with balloons ? You'll have to wait and see:)
Read and write a bit each day.