Rodeo clown update

[That reference is from Andrew Peterson’s song “Rest Easy.“]

Weem Adrift: Both texts are with their respective proofreaders, and as soon as they’re in i’ll be binding. That means you can expect more exciting and revelatory updates to start within the week! i cannot wait to start sharing what i’ve been up to these last months, and i really, really cannot wait to get Weem Adrift’s fall release on the workbench. i can already feel it in my hands. It is so good.

Library fun: Story Camp starts next week! My co-teacher Val and i are excited to lead not only two kids’ camps this year, but a one-day workshop for adults, too. That means taking the basic ideas we’ve been playing with for the last half-decade and making them as practical and exciting as we can, so that grownups who can’t spend a full week with us and who have already been writing can leave energized and equipped to get back to their craft. Like every year, Val and i are asking ourselves, “Who gave us permission to do such a thing?!” “G-d did,” is Val’s response, which is perfect and exactly why i’m glad to be teaching with her.

Yes, this means i’m going to be printing and binding that fall release smack in the middle of Story Camp, but you know what? It’s going to be amazing. And i’m way behind schedule, so too bad. XD

Reading: My Julie and i had a powerful book club together on The Hiding Place this spring, and right now we’re just wrapping up Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. That’s our last book of 8th grade. i am so grateful to be doing this stuff with her. On my own, i’ve recently read Jo Walton’s Among Others and James Dickey’s Deliverance—completely different experiences, in case you’re wondering—and thanks to a friend, have started Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird with Jonathan Rogers’ online writing group.

Speaking of 8th grade, Julie and i are about wrapped up over here, and then i’ll be planning her freshman year of language arts. i love this girl. We’re a good team.

Back at it, kids.

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