Dec 11

Today I enjoyed the company of the students of Shields Elementary in Victoria, TX—better known as the Sharks! The day before, I had just flown in from chilly Kansas City and had driven all the way down to Victoria where no jacket was needed. I must not have been ready for the shift in temperature because I was sweating in the South Texas humidity (something I haven’t been used to since living in Brownsville, TX). I still had a great time and was once again thrilled by how many young writers there were in both audiences. Way cool!
Thanks to Mrs. Stevens for inviting me (sorry I missed you). Thanks for Mrs. Mascorro for all the help. Thanks to Mr. Benhardt for the tech help and MacGyvering the mic situation. Thanks to Mrs. Mowles for taking pictures. And a big thanks to all the Shields Sharks. Keep writing those stories!

Dec 4

Today was “Character Day” at Brock Elementary in Burleson, Texas where, for once, I wasn’t the biggest character in school! All the students and teachers were dressed as his or her favorite book characters so I had an interesting view from the stage to say the least.
I gave three shows to three great groups of Brock Tigers and even signed a bunch of books. Speaking of which, I’m sorry that I missed signing your Speed Racer book, Nicolas. But as I mentioned, if I missed anyone, feel free to mail it to me with an SASE (we still remember what this is, right?) and I’ll sign it and get it right back to you. I’m happy to sign as many as you like!
Thanks to Mrs. Wellman (AKA Arnie the Doughnut) for inviting me and for the riveting lunch conversation (not to mention the fun stories in the teachers’ lounge—I always knew that they were having way more fun in there than they let on). Thanks to Mrs. Gustin for helping setting up. Thanks to Mrs. Tucker for the introductions. Thanks to Mrs. Graves for the superb photography. And a big thanks to all the Brock Elementary Tigers! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed my show and don’t forget your GRR!

Dec 1

Today I traveled all the way down (not up) to Portland … Texas, where I spent a fun day at WC Andrews Elementary — home of the Dolphins! I gave three performances amid some of the many cool dolphin murals and answered some great questions from the many young writers in all three audiences. Unfortunately, I had to shorten my first show since 1st grade had to leave for a field trip. But hey, they got to see me AND The Nutcracker today!
Now, I usually don’t use a podium, but I had to make an exception when I found out that the WCA podium was actually an Eagle Scout project from fellow Eagle Scout, Marco F. Muñoz of Troop 349. Great job, Marco!
Thanks to Mrs. Vela for inviting me. Thanks to Mrs. Sarchet for the tech support. Thanks to Principal Tarkington for the introductions. And a big thanks to all the WCA Dolphins! You were a great audience all around!