And I’ve been in great company lately — yesterday, most recently, when the amazing staff at Austin’s BookPeople hosted a launch party for Shark Vs. Train for a few dozen folks who eagerly chanted “GRRRRR!” and “CHUGRRR-CHUG!” whenever I asked them to. Now those are my kinds of people, and I really, really appreciate the time taken by everybody involved to make it such a great day.

The week before, I got to attend the Young Authors’ Celebration at Beth Yeshurun Day School in Houston and the Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio, both of which allowed me to rub elbows with some terrific authors, librarians, and other lovers of children’s literature. Again, I’m full of thanks for all who made those occasions so terrific. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather hang out with.

Unless, perhaps, it’s the characters in my current work-in-progress. And as much fun as I’ve had these past couple of weeks in the real, it’s time for me to pay more a little more attention to keeping those guys company.