Harding University

Last week Italy. This week Arkansas. Ah, the glamorous life of an author! But seriously, I just had a very nice weekend at Harding University. It was a reading workshop, and we had about two hundred teachers, librarians and other educators come for dinner on Friday and a full day of sessions on Saturday. I don’t do many of these workshops anymore. Most of my events tend to be for kids (which is always my first preference!) but it was a fun change of pace to talk about ideas for classroom reading and writing. I got to walk around the campus this morning, and as you can see, the central courtyard is quite beautiful with everything in bloom. Thanks to everyone who spent the weekend at the conference. I met many nice people and heard some great stories about their kids’ enthusiasm for Percy Jackson. My favorite comment: a student was having a rough day at school. His teacher asked him how bad it was. He thought about it for a second, and said, “Not a Percy Jackson day, but almost that bad.”
A Percy Jackson day . . . I think he’s coined a new term.

This week, I’m off to two library conferences — first in Dallas, then Portland! Percy Jackson is getting kind of fed up with me. I keep leaving him mid-chapter as I dash from plane to plane!

Rick Riordan