Since we’re in the midst of a milestone celebration, this week’s been especially busy in the inbox. I’ve enjoyed seeing what directions your assorted curiosities have taken us in the Threshold Q&A. Since all of my serial posts were delayed this past week, you may have guessed (correctly) that I had a busy week in other ways. Photos to share. Lots to tell. Come and see!
Writing Assembly. This past week, I was able to speak in a school assembly at a charter school here in Southern California. Nearly 200 kids from 3rd–8th grade came together to hear me talk about “Hatching Plots.”
After the big group chat, I met with each class separately for Q&A sessions, and I provided teachers with worksheets to use for hands-on writing workshops for the rest of the afternoon.
♦ What Makes a Good Story?
♦ Assemble your Cast
♦ Plot Starters
♦ Design Your Book Cover
After weeks of preparation, it was fun to don my “traveling shoes” and meet the kids! Several asked for my autograph, and I was able to shake many hands. A few of the students told me about their own dreams for becoming authors. It was such a good time. And now that all my materials are ready, I’m ready and willing to visit other schools.
Here are the bookmarks and art cards I was able to leave with each of the students:
Milestone Party. You have one more week to take part in our celebrations for The Garden Gate‘s book birthday. If you’re able to take part in my review drive, I’d be ever so grateful. But there are plenty of other ways to have fun … and win fabulous prizes. You can leave questions for the Threshold Series cast on the Threshold Q&A post. (Can you believe there are already over 100 comments on that post? Wow!) And it’s been fun to see more votes trickle in on the favorite angel poll. Once I catch up on comments, I do believe that Baird will have edged out Koji for first place! Find out how you can take part >>
Central Library. Last Friday evening, the San Diego Public Library kicked off their 49th annual Local Author Exhibit with a big to-do. Live music. Dessert buffet. Red carpet. Roving photographers. The central library is practically brand new, and it’s a gorgeous place with multiple levels, beautiful views, and open-air courtyards. It was lovely to stroll around, snap some pictures, chat with other writers, and hunt for my books in the numerous display cases dedicated to San Diego county authors. Here’s another snapshot from the evening, taken in front of a wall completely covered in open books:
My 2014 title was The Garden Gate [Threshold Series, Book 4]
Reader Participation. It’s always heart-warming when readers let me know that they’ve been thinking of me or the Threshold Series. I love getting surprises in my mailbox (like this book that Elizabeth sent me for Christmas) and pictures in my inbox (Like this one from Esther, whose family decided to try their hand at Prissie’s secret recipe for Candy Apple Pie.)
Which brings me to the question … what’s your favorite kind of pie? : )