Sunday, April 29, 2007

How could I forget?

Yes, it's true! I have an actual, real-live copy of my book. I put it on my shelf for a week and just gave it passing glances. I don't know what I was afraid of. It was too overwhelming I guess. And I was super busy. Finally I dove in and read it. Soon I am going to have to read it out loud to actual kids. It really was surreal to see it as an actual book with cover art and pages.
My daughter told her teacher, who got very excited and wanted to see it, so I let her take it to class last Friday. She told the class about her Mom being an author and showed off the book. They then left it on a table for everyone to look at. She said there was one kid(who is usually out of control and very hyper) who just kept staring at the cover. He was mezmerized by the dragon. Amazing to hear of such a reaction. She also told me all the Moms checked it out too.(It's a homeschool outreach, parents can stay.) I'm sure there'll be lots of questions next time I show up in class.
So, now I am pretty much commited to reading to the class sometime soon. I would like to come up with some sort of project or worksheet for the kids to do too. Guess I'd better get to work on that. And bookmarks maybe?


  1. Even though I know it makes you nervous, I'm very excited for you. I mean, isn't that what it's all supposed to be about? Kids getting excited about what we write!! Amazing, isn't it?

    My oldest (13) had to take 3 of his favourite books to school for a certain assignment. He brought a copy of my beat up ms with him (and it's not even done!). I know he's my son and all, but the fact that he put it up there in his top three like that felt so good.

    He has since then read both of John Green's books so I believe I've now been bumped, but it was fun being there while it lasted.

  2. Oh yeah, and I think bookmarks are a great idea. What about colouring sheets from illustrations in the book? Or you could have the kids draw what they believe a certain scene (the one you read) should look like ...?

  3. It sounds so exciting, Heather! It's great to see one of us breaking into a real writing career. I doubt it will ever happen for me but I can trying anyhow. Enjoy the ride!