Cyn and Greg at TSU (formerly Southwest Texas State)

Greg and I had a lovely time today speaking to Judy Leavell’s class at Texas State University. We very much enjoy visiting university classroom groups–be they comprised of prospective teachers or librarians–and have spoken at schools across the state and elsewhere.

Dr. Leavell did a particularly good job of planning. The students had been read Rain Is Not My Indian Name (HarperCollins, 2001) for several days prior to our visit, and a very successful booksale also was planned.

Cynsational News & Links

Writing Tips on Plot from Martha Alderson at

Congratulations to Greg Leitich Smith, who received his author copies of Tofu and T. rex (Little Brown, 2005) in hardcover and Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo (Little Brown, 2005) in paperback. Also read his WriteFest 05 report.

While you’re at it, read the lovely and brilliant Tanya Lee Stone’s WF 05 report, too!

Note: If (always an “if” at this point), we host WF again, we will be looking for friends of Cyn and Greg who’ve published 1-3 novels. Potential new blood (bah, ha, ha, ha) is welcome to express interest, if it’s out there.