It's not often that I get a chance to feel like a superhero coming to the rescue, so I take that opportunity whenever it comes. To help you imagine how I answered that call, picture me standing tall, hands on my hips, puffing out my chest, looking off into the distance, and saying in a deep voice, "Have no fear, I'll be there!"
So I flew home to California, kissed my wife hello, then gave her another kiss goodbye, and flew to Kansas.
(To be honest, I got motion sickness and almost barfed fifteen minutes into my first flight, but to tell you anymore about that would totally ruin the superhero image...)
Even though some students were still expecting the other author (surprise!!!), we had a great time. I spoke to three different groups of students in the library.
I signed a bunch of books, as well as an arm, a cast, a pair of shoes...
and a frog.
I also signed a very cool Thirteen Reasons Why poster a girl made for a report, and I'm now kicking myself for forgetting to take a photo of it. Have you ever been kicked by a superhero? It hurts! (But I deserved it.)
I also had a delicious lunch with faculty members and the people responsible for getting me here. And no, the faculty doesn't always dine with linen and shrubbery.
At the awards banquet for student writers, I gave a "motivational speech" to a group of students who are currently writing at a level leaps and bounds beyond my own writing at their age. I have no doubt that some of them will be very successful when they eventually get published.
So what will I be leaving Kansas with (besides an inferiority complex after hearing those poems and essays)? I'm leaving with this...
(I'm leaving with the c.d., not the base of the lamp it's resting on.)
The 8th Horcrux is a c.d. of twelve Harry Potter-themed song parodies written and performed by Paul Thomas and Trina Sieg. "Ginny, Are You OK?" is a parody of "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson. "Witch" is a parody of "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks. And "Potions Wizard" is a parody of...you guessed it..."Pinball Wizard" by The Who. I even got Paul and Trina to sign my copy!!!
Yep, Kansas rocks. Literally.