Getting antsy

Click on the video below and push the time bar to the 50 second mark.

Ready? Push play and sing along with me as loud as you can:


That’s my life right now. CHAINS will be released officially on October 21st, the day my book tour begins, two days before my birthday. The nice people at S&S have posted a CHAINS excerpt for you to read while you are waiting for the book.

The details of the book tour are in the last stages of being firmed up, but it looks like I’ll be visiting:
36 schools (these presentations are not open to the public)
19 bookstores (this includes 2 stores in December after the official tour is over)
3 presentations to groups of librarians and teachers. Maybe 4.

At the end of the tour, I head for San Antonio, TX for the NCTE/ALAN Conference. And then I go home, turn off the phone, and take a nap.

Right now I feel like a basketball player after the warm-ups are over and before the National Anthem has been sung. My stomach is a little jumpy, my hands are sweaty, and I can’t wait until the referee blows her whistle and throws up the ball to start the game.

I am doing something new on this tour. I am bringing a portable digital projector so I can show a visual presentation to everyone. The “show” gives a little background about me and my writing, then focuses on my research and writing of CHAINS. If you live in Central NY, you can see a sneak preview of this show next Tuesday at 7pm at the Barnes & Noble in Dewitt, NY, where I’ll be speaking at their Educators’ Appreciation Night.

While we were running this morning, BH and I saw a gorgeous red-tailed hawk sweeping over a meadow. When we got home (he cooked an awesome ham and egg breakfast), a second hawk about twice the size of the first one perched on the edge of our forest and allowed us to admire him.

It’s been quite a day.

8 Replies to “Getting antsy”

  1. Well, I’m on the opposite coast so no chance to come to any of your stuff but the book looks good! I’ve already ordered it for the library.

    I have a question for you about it – Books in Print lists it as for ages 10+ with a main character who is 13 – do you recommend it for “J” or “YA”?

    I’m sure it’ll do really well. It got a great review in PW!

    Try not to wear yourself out! Sounds like quite a schedule for the rest of the year!


  2. Visual presentation

    As you will probably not come near me in the book tour, I was wondering if the visual presentation could be made available to view? I would love to use a video of an author showing their research and writing process with my students. I would gladly pay for a copy. I am really hoping that you will be close enough with the tour for me to see you since I can’t make it to NCTE this year. Have a safe tour and enjoy all of the kudos you will receive because you deserve them.

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