So it’s June. My birthday month. I’ve had a lot of them. But this June is vastly different from all the others. First, the pandemic has kept many of us from our jobs. Shopping is not the same. Church isn’t in person. The sound of a person coughing sends chills down our spines. And now, while still in the pandemic, we find ourselves in the midst of demonstrations and protests on a level I’ve not seen in my lifetime. So, yeah, there’s that. But you don’t need an update on any of that from me. We are all living it. And this time, let there at last be real change from out of the upheaval. May we stand together in love for justice for all.
And now for the UPDATES
I think on account of the pandemic cutting short my two part-time jobs, I caught the garden bug early this year. And although it’s been colder than usual, we had just enough dry days to get things planted. It’s early June and I have an excess of beautiful lettuce, chard and snow peas to eat, new potatoes and strawberries. The raspberries and blueberries are also turning color and I’ve had just a few shelled peas. All of my cole crops: kale, cabbage, broccoli, look terrific. We’ve harvested and eaten five artichokes.
How is your gardening going?
The Book Business
I will admit that I should be getting more done on this front. But I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors whenever it’s not raining trying to make a slope of bad soil on the south side manageable and filled with flowers for pollinators. It’s too hot during warm weather, so spring, I’ve rationalized, is my only chance. During the month of May I also taught a writing class via ZOOM to a small group of students in China.
However, I am slowly polishing up my next book, Until the Last Star Goes Out. It is unrelated to the Seed Savers series.
For Seed Savers: I am sometimes asked if the books will ever be hardbound. Yes. Will the remaining four books all be on audio someday? Yes. Are there teacher resources? Yes.
So what have I done recently for any of this? I have been preparing discussion questions for each of the five books that can be used in book clubs or school. All of the questions can be read and downloaded from this page at Flying Books House or found here on the blog.
Another project: I started last week the task of moving this website to a self-hosted site so that I could more easily have a shopping cart. I haven’t quite managed that yet, but you can still order books directly from me. Simply send an email using the contact page and let me know what you have in mind. I can give you a significant discount for orders of the entire 5-book set.
Teachers, librarians, book clubs: I also do online visits. Please be aware that as an author I do require payment. (At the very least you can purchase books and offer reviews.)
You know how much I like celebrations so keep watching for ebook sales soon!
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Sandra Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade/YA series, Seed Savers. Visit her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Sign up for the newsletter!