"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Comicpalooza 2015!

Hey, Books and Comics Lovers! I'll be at Comicpalooza this weekend in Houston along with some of the Writing Ninjas of Texas including Mari Mancusi, Cory Putman Oakes, Madeline Smoot, and Joy Preble.

Booth Number: 404
Dates: Friday, May 22, 2015 - Monday, May 25, 2015

More information on the show can be found here.

In addition to hanging around the booth, I'm on the Literary Track and will be participating in the following panels:

Friday, May 22, 2015:

1:00-2:00 Discussing Dystopias: Fiction and Film
What is it about the dreary futures of works such as The Hunger Games; Divergent and The Handmaid's Tale that captures our imagination? Come join the discussion on the popularity of dystopian novels and films. Raymond E. Feist, Mari Mancusi, D.L. Young, P. J. Hoover, Rebecca Schwarz, Stina Leicht
Panel Rm 25 - 352C

4:00-5:00 Star Trek vs. Star Wars, It’s On
Could the Federation kick the Empire's butt? Do gold bikinis beat Starfleet miniskirts? Could Yoda stop a photon torpedo? Calling all Nerf Herders and Red Shirts; pick a side and join the debate! P. J. Hoover, C. Stuart Hardwick, Wayne Basta, Dominick D'Aunno
Panel Rm 21 - 352A

Saturday, May 23, 2015:

11:30-12:30 Writing Tips and Tricks: How to Create Believable Worlds
World-building in fiction can be a challenge. How much is enough? How much is too much? Authors share techniques for creating believable; immersive worlds in fiction writing. P. J. Hoover, Steve Bein, Martha Wells, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Rachael Acks, Kerrelyn Sparks
Panel Rm 01 - 350A

4:00-5:00 Talking Young Adult Literature
What's hot in Young Adult literature? This panel will discuss trends; fads; what's hot and what's not. Bring your questions; because these authors will have the answers! The panelists will discuss the state of the YA genre and talk about how ideas are born; plots are planned and stories are written. Jonathan Maberry, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Mari Mancusi, P. J. Hoover, Dominick D'Aunno
Panel Rm 03 - 350B

Friday, May 01, 2015

Plan your 2015-2016 School Curriculum Now!

Hi! P. J. Hoover here, and as the 2014-2015 school year winds down (and I try to figure out how I will keep my kids entertained all summer!), I wanted to share with you all some amazing, free curriculum tools available to educators for use with Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life.

For starters, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life was chosen for the Spirit of Texas Middle School Reading List, and the librarians behind this committee have developed fantasticcurriculum aligned to state standards that will please educators and also have the kids begging for more. After all, what kid doesn't want to participate in the Egyptian Olympics?!?!


In addition, a CCSS Aligned Tut Book Trailer Guide including a discussion and activity guide is available. Having students create book trailers is a fantastic way to blend reading and technology.


Other fun curriculum activities centered around Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life include:

For those considering or preparing for an author visit with me, there is an Author Website Scavenger Hunt available on my website. Kids can research me and find out how fast I can solve a Rubik's Cube!

In addition, a CCSS Aligned Analysis and Post-Presentation Discussion and Writing Lesson Guide is available for my author presentations.

All curriculum, including curriculum for Solstice and my other books can be found on my website on my curriculum page