|It's a total mess. I know.|
And I did. I made it out of the attic, had a shower and a shave, and moved on to promoting the book. This largely meant book signings and school visits. I was nervous. Would I read the book well? What if I lose my place on the page. Would I keep their attention? Do you banter with kids? Which shirt in my closet looked friendliest? Plaid seemed wrong somehow. And what if no-one came?
But all the hand wringing was for naught. People did show.* Plaid turned out to be ok. Some kids do banter and I had no reason to be nervous. Why? Because kids are great!! That’s why we write for them. After months of talking only to cats, I had forgotten. I forgot about the random comments and questions. The utterly astonishing non-sequiturs. Their absolute need to tell you about their pets and grandparents. The tidal wave of sound that occurs when you ask a group of kids ages 2-9 any hypothetical question. Most of all, I forgot that I LOVE those things.
|See? Plaid was ok. @ Little City Books.|
|Kid-made superhero banners.|
I can’t wait to get back to my attic and write another one.
And fine -- I did have a volleyball friend. His name is Pierre and he accepts me for who I am. Happy now?
Jason Kirschner is the author and illustrator of Mr. Particular: The World's Choosiest Champion from Sterling which you can now find on shelves in bookstores everywhere. Get your own copy by clicking here and see more of Jason's work at jasonkirschner.com.