Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I have so many things to share, but I don’t want to overwhelm you, so I’m gonna do a quick bullet point list!
- My Texas trip was good, and I loved sharing the work of some PF friends! A big highlight was the people–from the wonderful organizers of Literacy on the Concho to the group of us helping a spunky elderly nun on the plane to the almost complete stranger (met her on my DFW layover) who drove me to my hotel in San Angelo after hearing me ask the airport manager about shuttle/taxi recommendations. (Uber was going to be more than $100 for a 20-minute ride!)
- On my flights, I got to read a review copy of a gorgeous new poetry collection, Welcome to the Wonder House! I’ll be featuring it here on August 4.
- I just saw final art (illus Kayla Harren) for my 2024 picture book Oskar’s Voyage, and it’s amazing!
- I just saw sketches (illus Alice Calderella) for my 2024 picture book Line Leads the Way, and it’s going to be so fun!
- My 2023 income is way down, and I’m interesting in teaching gigs. I love teaching writers, and I’m missing it. If you have any recommendations of paying teaching gigs (places where you yourself take courses or teach, etc.), I’d love to hear them.
- My home life is settling down a little. While there’s still a lot of extra work and driving with 4 of us now dependent on one car, the gut-wrenching life changes for our older daughter are smoothing out. We’re not reeling quite as much. Still many family health issues and other issues, but we’re not in a constant state of overwhelm. Whew. Only sporadic states of overwhelm. Randy and I are living with uncertainty in many areas but also finding plenty of joy. Thank you (truly!) for all your kind messages and comments, including a lovely email from a Poetry Friday friend that I received about 10 minutes ago!
And finally, poetry! One of the things I wrote on my flight was a poetryaction for Bob Raczka’s clever new rhyming book featuring exponential numbers, The Power of Snow! See my first bullet item for some of the inspiration. The rest of the inspiration came from the many kind check-ins from friends over the past few months. :>D
(You can see all my poetryactions here.)
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with a teacher and poet I admire so much, Margaret Simon.