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Crazy busy school visit season!

It's been a busy season of school visits. Since spring started, besides Virginia schools, I've also visited New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio and BOTH Carolinas. Whew! But I'm glad to do it. I'm building a collection of refrigerator magnets from each state I visit. It's getting to be a nice collection! (If a trifle tacky. Ha!)

Here's an article that just appeared on the newspaper website about my visit, earlier this week, to Kentucky. (Click here.) Had a lot of fun with students at White's Tower Elementary there in Independence.

Had a great time, the next day, with 100-plus bubbly 2nd graders at Endeavor Elementary School in West Chester, Ohio. Besides a large assembly, we also did writing workshops -- 2 classes at a time -- of my "Explode the Mo" workshop, about adding "slow motion" details to revisions. I enjoyed reading the kids' stories. (Well, really, hearing students read them aloud.) Everyone seemed to enjoy the workshop, especially popping balloons, (EXLODING the moment... get it? har har!) and watching a funny, slow-motion video of a goofy little dog chasing a Frisbee.

I know a lot of folks (some who are great friends) who are fine writers for children. This year, yet again, I have met a lot of writers who ARE children! As Martha Stewart would say, "It's a good thing."

A very good thing.

Kim Norman