Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Off to Orlando today for a terrific honor. 80,000 Florida middle schoolers voted for the best book of the year and my Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark won. I get to go meet with the teachers that work with these kids at a big convention. I will sneak up to Walt Disney World and do some research for fourth book tonight.

The book proposal process is still on-going. It's been a ton of work, but good creative fun. It feels as if things have narrowed down to one or two options. It'll be nice to get started on an outline and delving deeper.

In practicing music for this performance in 10 days, it's been wild to dip back into material I wrote 30 years ago. With e-mail, band members can shoot parts and copies of songs back and forth, and slowly we're putting these elaborate arrangements back together (flute, cello, bass guitar, and two acoustics). We probably won't sound any good, but it won't be from a lack of trying.

Dave Barry and I head out on book tour for Peter and the Sword of Mercy in another few weeks. To our surprise, and joy, the novel has rocketed up the Amazon list into the top 200 still weeks away from our publishing date. We had SO much fun working on these books; it's nice to know the readers are excited about its arrival as we are.

Well, my browser crashed TWICE while writing this, and yet I'm able to recover most of it. I will quit while ahead. Technology... can't live with it.... can't live without it.

Look for Mitch Albom's new book HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, just out. Terrific read.

(from Ridley)
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  1. Congratulations, Ridley. Awesome news all around. You inspire me with your hard work and enthusiam. Do you ever sleep?

  2. Patty's right. Ridley's the hardest working guy in Hollywood. Or Missouri. Or Idaho. Or Shanghai.

    Always amazed by your ability to work on SO many different projects at once.

  3. James O. Born9/30/2009 11:11 AM

    Over the years you and Dave signed a couple of books for my daughter. One from Books and Books and one at the nook fair.

    She loved them.

    Jim B

  4. Dare I ask -- are you guys coming up our way? We'd SO love to see you! Seattle misses you, you know.

    Congratulations on "Kingdom Keepers"! That's seriously cool!

  5. going to disney world for research - heaven!!!

    good luck with all your projects. just reading about them makes me dizzy.


  6. hey congrats! that's great news :) those florida kids are smart!!!

    hugs -


  7. Congratulations, Ridley!!