I am sitting in a hotel room in sunny Philadelphia, where the National Council for Teachers of English is having its annual convention. Fellow Hamline prof Alexandria LaFaye put together a panel on using fantasy in the classroom with Bruce Colville (!) and me. Bruce is hilarious–though given his books it would be odd if he were quite dour in person. It’s great to be around so many English teachers, but I found myself hyperconscious of the things I said. I didn’t want to land in their Stinkpots.
Kerry Madden put this picture up on her blog this morning. This was done by a high school student named Rayna McGuire, inspired by Charles Baxter’s advice to get your characters up a tree and throw apples at them.


Poor characters. The things they go through just to exist.