Last summer, while sitting on the porch of our family’s homestead laughing and talking with cousins inspiration struck. My cousin’s son declared he, his uncle, and brother were going on a bear hunt.
That declaration, along with the ensuing conversation was an aha moment. Just like that, I had a story. Over the next few weeks, I thought about that conversation from time to time. One sleepless night the story literally called me out of the bed and the first draft of ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’ was penned.
I shared ‘Going On A Bear Hunt,’ with the local SCBWI critique group and fleshed the story out some more, working out a few kinks… And sat on it.
Finally, In June of this year, I reached out to an editor. Extremely nervous about her take on the story I agonized over sending it. What if she thought my story was trash? I watched my email for two days waiting for the edits to return.
After a discussion with Krystal Grant, I set a publication date. That meant the ball was in motion.
Nervous as a church mouse I share with you ‘Going On A Bear Hunt,’ picture book to be released Winter 2017. A definitive date will be announced as it gets closer, and I look forward to sharing updates of our progress.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had the pleasure of sitting down and reading a book longer than 36 pages, or a magazine. And I miss it. So, I added one more thing to my list of things to do for the summer… Read a book, or two. Who am I kidding, I’ll be lucky just to finish one book!
But it shall be done.
As I was writing a post, a reading list for school aged children I ran across a few books that I was interested in. Like 10 Books From High School You Must Read Again. The Great Gatsby, To Kill A Mocking Bird, and Invisible Man are a must for that list!
- Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. I enjoy reading books before I watch the movie made for it. I’ve searched all over for the movie, maybe I’ll have better luck finding the book.
- The Heart Of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend, by Bob Drury. This book is about my cousin’s, husband’s grandfather several times removed. I’m really excited to learn about their family history.
- The Perfect Summer, by Morgan Billingsley, Jackie Lee, and Gabrielle Simone. In April, I attended an Arkansas Literacy Festival Event where I listened to two of the two young authors. I haven’t gotten around to reading their book yet… But I will!
- Half of A Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m going backwards with this book. I watched the movie on Net Flix last year, then realize this was the author and book Krystal Grant had spoken so highly of. This is another must.
- Black Looks race and representation My supervisor and I started talking about a textbook for ‘The History of American Journalism’ that I now teach. Last fall I found it boring, and difficult to get into. She gave me a few pointers and introduced be to Bell Hooks. She also let me borrow this particular book, a collection of 12 essays…
…the personal and political consequences of contemporary representations of black women and men… Taking on popular music, advertising, literature, television…
I also plan to read 100 combined picture and chapter books for research.
Whew, I think I’ve got enough on my plate. This is more of a wishlist, and I’ll be lucky to read two by the end of the year. The 100 children books will probably get accomplished first.
I intentionally kept my list short. I still have that dollhouse to finish on my Projects Half Done list. And my deadline is THIS WEEKEND!!! it’s time to set a fire, and get it done!
Do you have a reading list for the summer?