Got a batch of adorable thank-you cards from 8th graders after a Skype author visit.

Highlights:

"My most favorite part in the book is the whole book because of the emotion and penmanship is very good."

"The eighth grade class thanks you with the bottom of our hearts!"

"I’d like to thank you for giving us your time of day."

"Would you write another book about bonobos if you had to?"

On this Rome trip my eyes keep getting drawn to the animals in ancient art. Here’s a little owl, inexplicably wedged under a shield for the last 3,000 years. (Ostia Antica)

Best writing spot I’ve been in, though I was too happy to get much done.  (Fiesole, Tuscany.)

Best writing spot I’ve been in, though I was too happy to get much done.
(Fiesole, Tuscany.)

The director attached to Endangered, Nancy Buirski, so eloquently discusses with NBC-NY her documentary on Tanaquil Le Clercq, debuting Friday night on PBS.
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/American-Masters—Tanaquil-Le-Clercq/263575291

Some career advice from my mother:

"Maybe you should do a book on gorillas where they are both sick called The Fault in our Gorilla Stars - then you give out teenage advice on U Tube. Worked for John Green."

I have this up on my screen while I’m doing revisions.

I have this up on my screen while I’m doing revisions.

Can we give poor “hauntingly” something to modify other than beautiful? It must get so bored.

I’ll put forward “hauntingly undersalted” for starters.

Anyone else want to help an adverb out?

Hello Massachusetts and New Hampshire! I’m thrilled to have two events coming up with authors I admire greatly.

On Saturday, May 31,Emily Lockhart and I will be discussing our latest books at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.

On Saturday, June 7, I’ll be talking about writing animals with Sy Montgomery at The Toadstool Bookshops, in Peterborough NH.

I’m really looking forward to these conversations—hope to see some of you New England folk at one of these!