It's back-to-school time, and I'm crazy busy with all the lesson planning and organizing and decorating my classroom. I've always loved this time. There's so much hope in the air--that this will be the best year yet, and I'll inspire all my students to love reading and writing. I'm giving book talks about all the books I loved over the summer. I'm taking the kids to the computer lab to write about their dreams.
I'm also working on a new book with a very complicated structure, and it's just about killing me. You know what they say about that, though, that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. So I'm making color-coded outlines and trying out different points of view and telling myself that everything will be okay.
A couple of things coming up:
1. SCBWI Conference in Des Moines (October 19-21st)
I'll be signing books and giving a presentation entitled "The Horror of Plotting a Mystery" geared specifically toward "discovery writers" like myself who'd like some tips and tricks on planning a mystery.
2. Wonder of Words in Des Moines (October 28th)
Again, I'll be signing books and answering any and all questions about me, my books, and/or publishing.
And a policy change:
I'm running low on SLIDE bookmarks and postage is starting to add up (particularly for international readers), so starting today I will ask that anyone interested in a signed bookmark email me at email@example.com to get my address and then send a self-addressed stamped envelope for me to use. Thanks for your cooperation on this matter!