October 26-November 8, 2011

This being book touring season, I get to the journal when I can. And today I have some time.

Travels:

I had six wonderful women writers, all published, at the house for a retreat of five days. I had to do little for it, had some meals and chats with them, all very low key. Mostly they were working, thinking, walking, retreating.

Flew to Iowa for a science fiction convention called I-Con which my second cousin, Galen Brownsmith was running. Son Adam drove down from Minneapolis. I was on lots of panels, gave a reading with Adam, was interviewed, listened to Adam do an hour music set, signed some books. Lovely time.

Flew to Rochester, NY for a book fair, gave a short talk on graphic novels. Signed hundreds of books. It;s my absolute favorite book fair, well run, mammothly well attended, and lots of fun people, including Bruce Coville, Vivien Vande Velde, Leda Schubert, James Howe, Cynthia deFelice, Jeff Mack, and other darling folk.

Did a reading ay Smith College’s Neilson Browsing Room of the poems from THINGS TO SAY TO A DEAD MAN and 83 people showed up.  Very moving.

Ahead: Connecticut Bookfair in Storrs, Ct, keynote speech for the Indiana Library Federation, Two book signings at Barnes and Noble in Holyoke and West Hartford. A signing at Boswell Books in Shelburne Falls, Ma. And all this before Thanksgiving.

No wonder I’m tired.

Books & Writing:

Still writing a poem a day and combining that with a poem a day in November to raise money for a charity. In the November deal, I send out the new poem each day to folks who pledge a certain amount per poem. This is my third year.

Have been working on the trilogy with Adam, and we are well into the first book, over 11,000 words and waiting for the contract. (Still.)

I was surprised by a picture book which is called THE VANISHING PACHYDERM. And could not wrap my head around a picture book and editor asked me to write. Sent out a proposal for a middle grade novel, CENTAUR FIELD.

And of course had tea and lunches and dinners with a variety of friends along the way. And an old storytelling friend, Connie Regan-Blake stayed overnight and we took a walk along the Connecticut River and caught up on so many years since we’d spent time together.

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