Showing posts with label visits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label visits. Show all posts

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Glog on Alex Van Helsing

The Garcia Middle School in San Antonio has prepared the first "glog" I've seen on Alex Van Helsing in preparation for a school visit I'm doing next week. A glog, for those of us for whom this is new, is basically an interactive scrapbook-slash-poster on the web.

I think this is so cool. I wish when I was a kid I could have done this for the Three Investigators and The House with the Clock in its Walls.

You can check out the one from the Garcia Library here, and a preview is below (Thanks to librarian Lucy Podmore for setting this up!)

Monday, October 11, 2010

October Alex Van Helsing Library & School Visits

Lots of library events coming up, so I wanted to create a blog entry that captured all of my upcoming Alex Van Helsing visits for the month of October.

(Library, bookstore and other evening visits are open to the public, but daytime school visits are, obviously, closed to outsiders.)

What a great month!

Saturday, October 16, 2010 
5:00 PM
DRAGON'S LAIR COMICS & FANTASY
6111 Burnet Rd Austin, TX 78757

Monday, October 18, 2010    
8:15-9:15AM           Austin Middle School, Irving, Texas (Students only)
10:15-11:15AM       Travis Middle School, Irving, Texas (Students only)
1:20-2:30AM           Cardwell Prep Center, Irving, Texas (Students only)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
9:00-10:00AM         DeZavala Middle School, Irving, Texas (Students only)
1:00-2:00AM           Lamar Middle School, Irving, Texas (Students only)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
8:10-9:00AM           Crockett Middle School, Irving, Texas (Students only)
10:00-11:15AM       Bowie Middle School, Irving, Texas       (Students only)
2:15-3:15AM           Houston Middle School, Irving, Texas (Students only)

Thursday, October 21
6:30 PM
LEWISVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
1197 West Main Street, Lewisville, TX 75067

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
4:30 PM
FRISCO READS BOOK FESTIVAL
Heritage High School 14040 Eldorado Pkwy Frisco, TX 75035

Friday, October 29, 2010
7:00 PM
MANSFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY
104 North Wisteria Street Mansfield, TX 76063

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Visit to St. Rita

Yesterday I dropped by St. Rita Catholic School for a visit with what ended up as about 300 students in an auditorium. The students listened to a presentation I had prepared called "Alex Van Helsing: Launching a YA novel series from pitch to shelves," which is actually kind of fun because the presentation goes over the many different versions of an idea a writer can go through before you finally settle on one. I like this sort of nuts-and-bolts talk a lot more than talking about the actual fiction, because talking about the world, the characters, just seems personal and self-serving. The preso ends of course with the release of Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising. We went into deadlines, drafts, formats, pitching, all of that.

The students really dug it. When we were done they asked lots of questions: what is your favorite scene? How long did it take to write the first draft? Do you get stressed out by deadlines? Have you gotten any starred reviews?

(Yes. A middle schooler asked me if I have received any starred reviews. By the way: yes.)

But you know what? I think I enjoyed it even more. I was genuinely struck by the enthusiasm the students had for reading and writing. What a great experience.