Odds and ends

1. I’ll be at the library in Martinsburg, West Va., on Monday, Aug. 5th, to talk about the books that shaped me in conjunction with the National Book Festival and the library’s A Book that Shaped Me contest.¬†http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/events/

2. Huge thanks to Heidi Estrin from the Book of Life Podcast for featuring Happy Birthday, Tree in her recent broadcast.

3. We just returned from a family trip to Busch Gardens, where the kids had complaints about The Curse of DarKastle, a 3-D thrill ride. It was a little scary for them, but that wasn’t the biggest problem. The biggest problem, they said, is that it needed a better story. Now I have a new goal! And something else to do with my English degree…

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