I've been traveling around much too much, and when I was in O"Hare yesterday waiting for a plane, I saw a small child having a tantrum and screaming, and thought: I want to do that.
But there has been the fun of seeing old friends: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and I watched the debate together Friday night, in her hotel room, and if anyone had seen the two of us side by side on her king-size bed, watching...they could have taken a photo and started a rumor. On Saturday I spent the morning with old friend Joanna Maclay, actress I met years ago in Kansas when we stayed in the same hotel....she was there doing a one-woman show of Ann Sexton, I remember...and we hit it off and have remained friends for years.
Judy Blume was also in Chicago, for the Banned Books event...good to see her.... plus several authors I had not met before (and whose names I can't remember now, alas)..
Then I scooted home, to Boston, and today spoke at the Boston Public Library's Literary Lights Event...another chance to see people I like a lot: Gregory Maguire, Christopher Paul Curtis (photo attached), Chris Van Allsburg, Susan Cooper, and Laura Amy Schlitz, whom I had not met before but whose work I greatly admire.
Tomorrow I have to drive up to Maine because the electrician is coming Tuesday to repair my Viking range. But on the whole my travel commitments are at an end for a little while, at least, (Nebraska October 10th) and I can catch my breath and file all the stuff on my desk that has become mountainous. And maybe start getting some work done.
Oh! Almost forgot! When I was speaking in Orlando, I quoted a letter I had sent once to a parent who had objected to the use of the word "damn" in NUMBER THE STARS. Someone in the audience asked if I would put that letter on my website, and I said I would include it in my blog. So here it is now (and I cannot for the life of me figure out why it is underlined, or how to make the underlining go away):