Back at the farm after a 9 day swing through Dallas and DC. I had a wonderful time, but it’s great to back home in my little office at my desk for a few days. The National Book Festival was great fun. Marie flew into DC on Friday and over the next four days we probably walked forty or fifty miles. The coolest thing we did was to go on a Segway tour of the city. I’ve always wanted to ride on a Segway and I got my chance on Saturday evening for 3 hours! A Segway is certainly going to appear in one of my novels someday.
While I was gone I received this great email from Antoinette Greenwalt in Missouri. Thanks Antoinette!
I wanted to send you a short thank-you for keeping my 11 year old daughter so engaged in reading. She is in 6th grade and has always loved to read but already this year she has read 4 of your books. She sat in her room for 2 hours yesterday alone reading.She is an amazing young lady who gets honored every year for student of the month for her kindness and attitude. She started the district wide fundraiser for our School District this year to help local non-profit organizations in our community. Every month, kids can wear a hat to school on the second Friday of the month for a dollar. The money then goes to the recipient chosen for that month. My family believes reading is the key for a good education. If you can read, you can do anything. You really have made a huge difference educationally in my daughters life. So, thank you. Apparently you are going to be in Springfield, Mo. in October because there are a few kids from her grade that are going to be picked to take a field trip to meet you and several other authors. She wrote a letter to you as her entry for the contest. She is crossing her fingers and toes. I hope this letter reinforces the fact that you are making a difference in childrens lives. My daughter, Sophia, wants to be an author. So, pat yourself on the back. You had a hand in that.
Have a wonderful day,