Friday, December 7, 2018

Sable Lake area hike and update on new book

First, I will give an update on my latest project.  I was planning on writing and publishing the third book in my Rocks through Time series.  Although I may still do a third book in the future, I decided I want to do something different this winter.  So instead, I am writing a kids' rockhound activity book.  Yesterday I finished creating the last main page.  I still have to design a page on the rock cycle as well as the covers and introduction page, but the hardest part of the project is now done.  Since I don't want the activity book to be a "single use" resource, I have located a printer that specializes in producing laminated books.  I have a choice between different types of lamination, but I've selected the one that is compatible with dry erase markers.  The book will be spiral bound.

As usual, I am struggling a bit with the title.  Although my target audience is middle school aged kids, the activity book will be useful for anyone who wants to learn basic geology and rock/mineral concepts.  The working title is Kids' Rockhound Activity Book, I am not sure this is the title I want to use.  First of all, "rockhound" is not an official word.  Secondly, I don't think the working title is all that appealing.  If you have any suggestions, please comment on this blog post or send me an email to  I will give a free copy of the printed book to anyone who suggests the final title. A low resolution example of two of the draft pages is below.

On Wednesdays a group of us Grand Marais women are getting together for outside adventures.  Yesterday we hiked from the Sable Visitors' Center to the overlook on Sable Lake and back.  Ice is just starting to form on the lake.  It was a chilly walk into the wind heading west, but then again -- we are not yet acclimated to winter.

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