Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dizzy Day at HPR

Having a book published is an awfully humbling process. Friends and family from all offer their kudos and support. Here's one example.

Right out of high school, I worked for three summers as a day camp counselor at Hidden Pines Ranch Camp. I spent my days hanging out with funny, enthusiastic kids. Now HPR is doing something awfully special for me.

Friday, August 6th is Superhero Day at camp. And the whole day will be designed around Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle. Debbie Lyons, a director out there, sent me this schedule in an e-mail yesterday:

1) Flash hunt (like a treasure hunt ... there are pictures of flash around camp that they have to find)

2) "Steal the Cone" on the sportsfield. Campers are given different ice-cream flavors and when they are called they try to steal the cone in the middle of two lines of campers.

3) Parachute ... ?? 500 / Shark - lifeguard game / or ??? (Mainly to get the parachute in)

4) Dizzy Fantastic dress up relay ... with campers dressing with sunglasses / bike helmet / boots (from riding) / "cape" / backpack and they have to run around the circle

5) At archery we are able to set up individual targets ... Green Walnut throw. (I have the green walnuts.) Maybe doing the Joker / Wicked Witch of the West ...

6) Jenga .. I am hoping to get enough games rounded up. If not, we could play with decks of cards trying to stack them.

7) Reading/ Writing station.

In the afternoon, there will be a Dizzy Bike Race.

My gosh. Ever been to one of Macy's upstairs holiday book exhibits, where you get to walk through a beloved book? That's what this will feel like, only it will be interactive, too.

Thanks, HPR. I'll see you in a week.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Release Party!

I just got off the phone with Ben Smith, owner of Glaciers Cafe in south Minneapolis. (He's also my wife's cousin.) He'll be hosting the release party for Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle.

I'll sign books, maybe read a bit, and give away prizes.

And of course Glaciers boasts the best custard in the area. Just think of it as Cone On In!'s ice cream.

The date: Sunday, August 15th. 2:00.

Come one, come all.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Pre-Orders Are In

My aunt called yesterday as I drove my wife home from work. She said she'd just recieved a package with copies of Dizzy. For anybody else who pre-ordered, two things you should know:

1. I'm very grateful you took a chance on my book.

2. I haven't even seen the finished product yet, so you're a step ahead of me.

Cheers, all.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

They're Printed!

The PR gal at Cedar Fort (my publisher) just let me know the first run of Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle has been printed. I'll have a few copies of my own soon. If anyone wants to see the finished product, let me know. They should be in stores and libraries in a couple weeks, too.