This week my assistant booked my first flight of the year, which means that the spring travel season is approaching (although it doesn’t LOOK like spring is near at the moment).

As a matter of fact, I walked out onto the porch yesterday to see THIS shocking sight (you may need to click on the photo for the full effect):

which just goes to show just how unused to snow my kids are.

Anyway, back to plans for spring travel. Ever since my first book came out (in 1999), I’ve spoken at education conferences. In years when I have a book coming out, I also have other publicity work to do (interviews and so forth), so I try to keep the conference-travel to a minimum. This year I’m travelling to Cincinnati, March 22-24; Orlando, May 24-26; the Philadelphia area, June 15-16; Northern Virginia, July 13-14; and Sacramento in September.

In non-conference travel, I’m also doing a presentation at the Smithsonian in DC on April 14 (this is the second time I’ve been invited to the Smithsonian); I’ll be at BookExpo in New York May 31-June 2; and we’re trying to decide whether Peace Hill Press can manage a table at the American Library Association conference in late June.

That’s actually quite a bit of travelling, especially since I don’t yet know what kind of publicity I’ll be doing for Norton (although I don’t anticipate that travel will be a big part of it–radio interviews, more likely, which I can do from home in my pajamas).

I’m viewing this schedule with a little bit of trepidation, as I have a few other things to do this year. LIKE WRITING THE HISTORY OF THE ENTIRE MEDIEVAL WORLD, for crying out loud. Why did I say I would do this? (Oh, yeah, I remember. “History of the whole world? Sure! That sounds like fun!” A classic case of “It seemed like a good idea at the time….”)

By the way, I guessed who the barefoot snow-walker was, on my very first try.

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  • Angela, Mother Crone

    Thanks for posting your schedule! I marked the SEARCH convention with a SHARPIE on the calendar…can’t wait to hear you speak !

  • Ruthie

    I know your schedule is probably really really full. But Texas is a great place to visit 🙂 I would drive from the coast to the panhandle just to hear you speak! I would bring lots of friends 🙂
    Loved your post! The snow looks so beautiful!


  • Michele T. in WA

    What’s the Seattle event in July? It’s not one of our two main state conferences so I’m curious who’s hosting you. My dh and the boys will be at scout camp that week so I’m thinking it’s a good time for a road trip. 🙂

  • Patty in WA

    Are you speaking in Seattle? If so, where? If not, dinner?

  • Lori

    Awww, come on Susan! It always seems like a good thing at the time. And you can always sleep when you’re dead.

    I have been trying to find a sitter for the Cincinnati homeschool convention. I would just be so ticked if you were going to be in town and I couldn’t go hear you in person.

    Our dog fell asleep on our SOTW IV yesterday, after we’d done history. I’m going to put the picture up tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday. 🙂

  • Amy in MD

    I just purchased my Smithsonian ticket today and am really looking forward to it!

  • Julia Moya

    I am trying to get all the info I can on the “Well Trained Mind” and on Classical Education. My kids are 3 years old, 20 months old and 6 months old. I’ve been homeschooling the 3 year old for about 6 months and I just started with the 20 month old. I’m totally winging it and not sure what to do with ones so little(there isn’t much out there as far as teaching toddlers), so I’m trying to get all the info I can. My husband works at William and Mary as a Landscaper(Grounds) and has admired your work and told me about it. We live in Norge (just up the 64 from Williamsburg) Anyway, I liked your picture of the foot print in the snow. Yes, my kids were just as delighted and we all had a blast playing in it. God Bless!-Julia

  • Heather_in_WI


    My husband and I are coming to see you speak in Cincinnati. That convention looks fantastic! 🙂

  • Miz Booshay

    We had contests to see who could stand in the snow, barefoot, the longest.


    Silly kids.

  • Susan

    I’ll post more info on the Seattle engagement shortly–I’m still waiting on the details.


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