Fri
Dec
13

Last Visit of the Year!


I had a wonderful time today during my stay at Beckville Sunset Elementary (home of the Bearcats!), in the East Texas town of Beckville!

Everyone was wonderful, students and teachers alike. And, for the first time ever, I was given a whopping 90 minutes for each of my presentations!

So, after my shows, there was plenty of time to meet everyone, take pictures, and sign tons of books! It was quite a treat!

Thanks to Mrs. Wilkerson for inviting me out. Thanks to everyone who bought books; I hope you enjoy them! And a big thanks to all the Bearcats at Beckville Sunset Elementary. You were an exciting way to end the year!

Wed
Nov
20

Back in Pasadena!


This morning I had tons of fun with the Gators when I returned to Gardens Elementary in Pasadena, TX! Since I just visited Gardens last year, I spotted many familiar faces and even got to receive updates on a couple of writing projects! Keep up the good work, everyone!

After lunch, I swung over to visit McMasters Elementary where we enjoyed my two presentations in the quiet (but-not-so-quiet-today) school library with all the McMasters Mustangs! I signed a bunch of books for the school and met even more young writers and a few future screenwriters!

Thanks to Mrs. Betancourt for inviting me back to Gardens. Thanks to Mrs. Black for helping me setup again. Thanks to Mrs. Eddleman for inviting me to McMasters. And the biggest thanks of all goes to all the Gators and the Mustangs! Be sure to check out some of my books in the library. And when you’re finished with those, check out even more books, no matter who wrote them!

Thu
Oct
31

2nd Vaughan Visit!


Today I had the honor of returning to Vaughan Elementary in Allen, TX! But not only did I get the chance to visit with the Vaughan Vikings again, my visit was on Halloween. How cool is that!

I performed three shows, visited a few classrooms, and enjoyed seeing all the cool costumes!

I even got to see Hunter again. Being older, he looked a little different of course, but also because he was dressed as the Joker. Coincidentally, I’m in the middle of writing a Batman and Joker book right now!

Oh yeah, and Vaughn was the first school to experience my brand new banjolele!

Thanks to Mrs. Almond and the Vaughan PTA for having me back. And thanks for the great lunch at Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop–great chili dogs! Thanks to Mrs. Smithwick (AKA Mary Poppins) for the introductions (I’ll see you at TLA). Thanks to Mr. Garth for all your help. And a big thanks to all the Vaughan Vikings! It was great spending the day with you again!

Thu
May
16

East Chambers – Part Two!


For my last school visit of the school year, I had the honor of returning to East Chambers Elementary in Winnie, TX!

The 4th and 5th graders missed my appearance almost a month ago, but I got to meet each and every one of them this time!

And… they each got a copy of my Night of the Dragons book. I signed 250 copies today!

After my presentation (and the books signings between), I gave a writing workshop to all the 3rd graders. I met them the last time I visited and now they’ll hopefully have a head start on their writing for next year!

Thanks to Mrs. Campbell for inviting me back and for lunch (we took your recommendation, Emily). And thanks to all the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders I met today. I hope you enjoy my book and thanks for making my last author visit of the school year a special one!

Fri
May
10

K-2 Fun Day!


My last stop in the Houston area for this school year had me at Carpenter Elementary in Deer Park, TX!

I performed three shows as part of Carpenter’s K-2 Fun Day and I signed shelves of books for several lucky students!

I also learned that I had signed a couple of books and then got to meet Wishbone fan, Mrs. Gamble!

While I was there, I learned that I was probably going to be the last author to perform in that library because Carpenter Elementary is moving into a brand new school next year. According to Mr. Evans, the new library is going to be amazing. He’s already taken a virtual tour!

Thanks to Mr. Evans and the PTA for inviting me out. And a big thanks goes to all the Carpenter Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders who enjoyed my presentations. I hope you enjoy my books just as much!

Thu
May
9

Fun in Conroe!


Today I spent time with the Houser Hawks at Houser Elementary in Conroe, TX!

I performed for three giant audiences in the cafeteria and even signed some books for a few students who brought their own!

I forgot to tell the first group that my friend, Bob Trevino (who has been a big part of my show from the beginning), is actually from Conroe just like you. That’s right! And for those who asked about the other movies he’s worked on, check out his IMDB listing HERE!

Thanks to Mrs. Lee for inviting me and for lunch. And a big thanks goes to all the Houser Hawks for a fun, exciting day. I hope you enjoy your autographed bookmarks and be sure to plant them in a good book!


Wed
May
8

A Return to Houston


My last Houston area tour of the school year began with Horn Elementary—home of the Cubs!

I just spoke to the 1st and 2nd Graders this morning, but we had a rip-roaring time in the school gym!

Yeah, had to pose for this in the library!

Thanks to Mrs. Naranjo for inviting me out and thanks to all the Cubs for letting me hang out and be silly with them this morning!

After lunch I returned to Chambers Elementary, where I last visited the Chambers Chargers way back in 2012!

I had a great time meeting their 1st and 2nd Graders and even grabbed an inspirational shot of the library’s Justice League poster since I’m writing my first JL book right now!

While I was there, I signed more books for the library (I had already signed loads the last visit), and I heard that many of the Chargers already enjoyed reading them.

Thanks to Ms. Alvarez-Vazquez for inviting me back and thanks to the Chargers for making me feel right at home once again!

Sat
May
4

May the 4th be With You!



Today I had the honor of spending May 4th at the Little Elm Public Library, speaking at their 2019 Lib Con!

I gave a comic book writing workshop, saw some cool costumed characters, and even met some Boy Scouts fresh off an Eagle Scout project!

I also signed some books for a few lucky drawing winners and got to talk with a few aspiring writers after my presentation. It was great meeting everyone!

Thanks to Cherie for inviting me! It was fun getting to know you, Lynette, and Jenna. And thanks to everyone who came out to Little Elm Public Library’s 2019 Lib Con. I hope you had as much fun as I did!


Fri
Apr
26

At Hamburg Middle School


My last stop at Hamburg ISD was at Hamburg Middle School!

I began the day with a writing workshop for Mrs. Ström’s 6th Grade Pre-AP English class. I hope everyone enjoyed my writing tips and I thoroughly enjoyed answering your insightful questions!

After that, I presented to the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in their huge gym. It was a new kind of venue for me, putting me up close and personal with the front row while my slides were projected on a big screen on the gym floor. Plus, I strolled the length of the gym several times so I could address everyone in the school!

After lunch, I gave another workshop for Mrs. Gill’s creative writing class. Again, more great questions AND I got to see Joesy’s excellent artwork.

Thanks to Ms. Gill and Mrs. Ström for having me out. Thanks to Eric for the guide services through the school. Thanks to Alyssa for being the first to email me with more questions (and the attached selfie). And a big thanks to all the great HMS students I met today. Remember those four words!

Thu
Apr
25

A Return to Arkansas!


For the last Arkansas tour of the school year, I’m visiting three great schools in Hamburg ISD!

I began today at Portland Elementary and had an exciting time on the big stage for my single, school-wide show. And yes, there was the flinging of the fish for the younger ones…

After the presentation, I got to meet several students and even pose with every class!

After lunch, a quick trip took me to Noble/Allbritton Elementary where I was treading the boards once again in front of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders!

I posed for some more photos, met Henry the library hedgehog, and signed some bookplates (I would’ve signed some of my books for the library but they were all checked out!).

Thanks to Mrs. Sabbatini and Mrs. Cossey for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Cooley for the technical support. And a big thanks to all the great kids at Portland and Nobel/Allbritton elementary schools. I hope you enjoyed my visit and don’t forget to keep those questions coming!