Happy New Year

2018 is here and I couldn’t be happier. The entire holiday season was a bust. I got very sick and spent the entire holiday period coughing and coughing. I believe I know where I picked up the bug. I did a school visit just before Hanukkah. The children were lovely; absolutely no complaints there. However […]

Old Friends

I just got back from having lunch with my friend Chris Wubbenhorst, who was one of the best children’s librarians I ever met. Unfortunately, about 20 years ago, budget cuts led her district to reduce the number of librarians. Chris was given the choice of going back to the classroom or looking for another job. […]

Autographing at Wild Arts

I spent a delightful afternoon at the Portland Audubon Society’s Wild Arts Festival. It’s one of our city’s premier shopping events. Lots of authors and artists offering all sorts of books and handicrafts focused on the wildlife and natural environments that the Audubon Society works hard to protect and maintain. I’m always honored to be […]

Say Hello to Big Sam

I have another book coming out in August. Say ‘Hello’ to Big Sam, the giant. Sam has to make a giant challah for Rosh Hashanah, enough to feed all his friends. He has a lot of them and some are pretty big. On the other hand, the Grand Canyon makes a fine mixing bowl and […]

A Surprise On My Doorstep

I opened the door this morning to find a box of books on my front porch. The publisher usually sends a box of 10 or 20 books to the author and the artist when a new book or a new edition comes out. This box contained copies of my Book of Greek Myths in Portuguese […]

Always Working On Something!

This has been a busy spring so far. I’ve been busy working on several new books. Yesterday I finished revising the proposal for a third Scarlett and Sam adventure. This time they’ll have an undersea adventure with Jonah the prophet (a very unpleasant fellow.) Everyone talks about Jonah and the Whale. There’s no whale in the […]

A Real Bike

Spent yesterday reviewing the sketches for the illustrations for a new book coming out next year. It’s called If I Had A Real Bike. It follows a simple story. Our hero wants to move up from a baby bike to a “real” bike. There are so many different kinds. Which kind shall it be? Road […]

New Adventures for Scarlett and Sam

It’s always a challenge when you finish a major project. There’s always a bit of a let-down. What do I do next? The manuscript for Scarlett and Sam’s second Bible adventure, The Search for the Shamir, has been put to bed. This one will feature King Solomon, Nathan the Prophet, and Ashmodai, king of the demons. […]

Repaired!

My website was hacked while I was off taking care of my new knee. Thanks to my webmaster, Wess Willis, it’s back up and running. I still have to go through it to make sure everything is here. If not, I’ll have to add new things. That will have to wait until after the holidays. […]

In Recovery

Eric, where have you been! I haven’t been here, that’s for sure. On October 14th, two weeks before my birthday, I went into the hospital to have my left knee replaced. It had been bothering me for years, causing a lot of pain and making walking difficult. I used to love to go hiking. In […]

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