Things I have done in the past few days

March 16, 2015 @ 7:54 pm | Filed under: Assorted and Sundry, Author stuff, Butterflies, Events

Louisa by Isabelle, grade 5

Louisa by Isabelle, grade 5

• Melted at the artwork and poems created by the three classes of fifth- and sixth-graders who welcomed me to the Greater San Diego Reading Association’s annual Authors Fair.

• Read aloud the last chapter of The Prairie Thief to a roomful of eager fifth-graders. Such a delight. I so seldom get to read the end of the book to a school group—I don’t want to give anything away! Exceedingly fun to discover the teacher had been reading the book to the class and saved the finale for my visit. 🙂

• Had a marvelous time swapping book suggestions with the kids during the Q&A after my readings. Hot tip: they are loving The Unicorn Chronicles at the moment.

• Tried out a new voice for Fox in my Storytime at Carmel Valley Public Library on Saturday. Gotta keep it fresh, you know.

• Wrote my tail off all day yesterday.

• Rejoiced with the gang as our monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis this morning. We missed the big entrance but not by much. Later, when it was ready to fly, we took it out to the milkweed patch in the backyard, and it rested there long enough for Rilla and me to sketch it. I had just finished adding watercolor when it soared away to the cape honeysuckle, and from there out into the blue. Bon voyage, little dear.


Yes, aphids galore


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3 Responses | | Comments Feed

  1. Sigh. Such a beautiful butterfly. I can’t wait for them to visit again.

    What fun to read the last chapter! I bet that was a blast. We loved Unicorn Chronicles in our day.

    Enjoy your sunshine – and please – send some here! 🙂

  2. Lissa! No photos or drawings of the chrysalis? I saw one on the side of our house about twenty years ago and have never forgotten its beauty. I’ve been hoping to see another one ever since….

    Your author/reader interactions sound so wonderful!

  3. Maybe you need to raise some ladybug eggs next to take care of the aphids?