A cool maybe on THE RUBY KEY

Got news from my Scholastic editor today that THE RUBY KEY could be picked up for books fairs around the country. This would be a huge break for me—book fairs were where I was allowed to buy my own books for the first time when I was a kid. It could allow me to meet new readers I could never find otherwise. I won’t know for a while if this actually does happen, but I have my fingers crossed.

Meanwhile, I’ve spent the entire week working long hours on the Week Five lesson for How to Think Sideways. Got to do my second movie—way better than my first one, with good sounds. I bought a new microphone—a Blue Snowball—and I’m using Audio Hijack Pro instead of GarageBand for sound recording, and the differences are amazing. The Audio Hijack Pro interface is lightweight and simple, it offers a nice range of sound effects (but I haven’t used them) and it gets out of the way when you don’t need it—something no one will ever say about GarageBand. I’ll do a little mini-clip of the movie once I get the rest of the lesson finished (yeah, still working on it) and post it here as soon as I get a chance to let you see what I’ve been up to.

Oh. I moved from doing a lot of my artwork in Fireworks to using Keynote in Apple iWork. So far, I really like it. Have to see what my course beta testers and students think before I commit to heavy use with it, though. I will say that it cut movie creation time from around 40 hours down to about 20. That’s a big deal for me.

I’m having such fun putting this course together. It gives me an excuse to practice the guitar, draw, write, create short movies. I’m working longer hours than I do writing novels, but this is a joy to do, every single day.

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7 comments… add one
  • Jess Aug 11, 2008 @ 9:48

    That would be great about RK!! So you know, my store did a Summer Reading themed Staff Recommendations display this month and I picked RK because it’s fun for all ages. 🙂

  • MarFisk Aug 10, 2008 @ 3:14

    Wow, that is cool on Ruby Key. I don’t remember them from my childhood (I was probably too old when we got back to the states), but I always let the boys get a book or two when they were that age.

  • HaizeaM Aug 9, 2008 @ 18:43

    That’d be great!! Hope everything turns out well – the course and the book fairs. Good luck~

  • vanity Aug 9, 2008 @ 11:33

    Coolness! Hopefully you’ll get some additional exposure and recognition when the book fair thing works out!

  • Kyralae Aug 9, 2008 @ 2:30

    I really hope the Ruby Key book does make it to the book fair. Boy do I remember those days. I live in a small town where getting to a book store meant driving several hours to the closest store and it wasn’t a big priority for the family. I swear I read every book in the kids section of the library. I saved all year to have money to get a few books of my own at the book fair. Congrats and lets really hope the book makes it into the fair for kids to be able to pick up and enjoy.

  • TinaK Aug 8, 2008 @ 18:02

    That would be so fantastic for The Ruby Key. It was such a fantastic book – my kids have read it and loved it. So glad to hear you are enjoying doing the course. Miss you here but am happy you’re having a good time.

  • shawna Aug 8, 2008 @ 17:05

    fingers crossed for you on the Ruby Key…

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