Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Texas and Wyoming

The kids, teachers, and librarians (Hi, Jeanette!) at Keystone School in San Antonio, Texas, gave me a warm welcome a couple of weeks ago--complete with the awesome pink school bus shown above. It was a great day with the kids and I enjoyed my brief but full visit to San Antonio very much.

A week and a half later, I got in the car with a friend and drove up to Cody, Wyoming, for an appearance at the Park County Library. I want to thank Holly Baker and the library board for hosting me and making the event so filled with excitement. I had a great time.

The day after my event, we were off to Yellowstone National Park, where we were surrounded by beauty--and followed by bison.

I'd never seen geysers before. My good friend, Christine, and I enjoyed following all the paths that let us see the fumaroles (which we kept humorously calling profiteroles) and the smaller geysers while we waited for Old Faithful to blow.

We followed our Yellowstone adventures up with two nights at the Snake River Lodge and Spa in Teton Village... so relaxing! The staff there was amazing--everyone was so nice and helpful--and we literally spent all of Saturday alternating between the pool, the three hot tubs, the two saunas, the eucalyptus steam room in the ladies lounge (sipping cucumber water) and watching old movies in our room (with room service key lime pie).

I have just two more trips coming up between now and mid-November. Next up--the OKI Children's Literature Conference in Kentucky!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Upcoming Appearance: Park County Library in Cody, Wyoming

I love road trips. I took two to Wyoming when I was writing SCUMBLE and researching the Sundance area. Now I'm headed toward the other side of the state with a friend to visit Yellowstone before it gets too snowy AND to visit the wonderful people at the Park County Public Library.

If you, or someone you know, live in the Cody area, I'll be speaking at the library this Thursday, October 20, at 6:30pm. Books will be made available for purchase by Carol Bell of The Thistle Bookshop starting at 6:00pm.

I'm honored that the Edwards family of the Cody Legacy Inn, dedicated patrons of the library, have offered to donate the lodging for my visit to Cody. Kellie Edwards is the great-great-granddaughter of Buffalo Bill Cody himself!

Can't wait! Must remember to bring my camera...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Why I love living where I do...

I can go from the view above (Boulder Falls) to the view below (a farm field near my house) in less time than it takes to get groceries some days.

October is my very favorite month. It's also the time of year when I can never imagine living anywhere but where I do. However, with weather and scenery so beautiful, it's hard to sit indoors and work. I sometimes try to take my laptop outside to write, but then there's the glare from the sunlight to contend with... not to mention the sparkle on the lake, the birds singing me to my feet, and the occasional cloud that demands my full attention with its wind-swept fingers and cheerful, puffy cheeks.

I know my corner of the world is not the only one over-brimming with natural beauty... in fact, I'm going up to Yellowstone for the first time next week. (And I'll be at the library in Cody, Wyoming on the 20th. Check out my website if you're in the area!) I'm open minded. Willing to see beauty anywhere. It's just that, right now, I barely have to move an inch to do so.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New Drawings from Readers

The drawing above is of SJ, from SCUMBLE, hiding in the back of the Kale family station wagon. It was sent to me by Elena, from Ohio.

The next drawing (below) is of Mibs, from SAVVY, and was sent to my by Allison, from Iowa.

Thanks, girls!!