Touring North and East

A few recent gigs of note…

Last week I was up in Berlin, NH where the temperature high for the day was 12 degrees Fahrenheit. It was a bit on the chilly side, but the car was warm and the audiences were great.

There’s something just plain fun about rocking out to 400 kids at a time. I always hear from teachers who are surprised that their students sit still for so long. “All you did was talk.” Well…. yeah. But I talk loud and fun.

Today it was a quick hop out to Cape Cod to the scenic town of Osterville. I spent a fair amount of time looking for a coffee shop that wasn’t a Dunkin Donuts. I did find one, but the seats weren’t comfortable looking, so I went ahead to the school, where I was going to talk.

One of the challenging things about being a writer who is also a storyteller is that while I’m telling a story, I keep changing it. For example, the story, “The Bully and the Shrimp” has gone through many iterations. It was originally published in Cricket Magazine, and then again in It Ate My Sister and is due to come out in a “final” form in Stories for Peace. Of course since the book went to press for proof copies, I’ve been telling it, and it’s shifting again…. Sigh.