Roaming the middle school audience, mic in hand, I heard some terrific questions today, surprising, droll, insightful: How do you pick your characters’ names? Do you ever watch “Family Guy”? Who’s influenced you the most: not only as a writer, but as a person? Troy, you have some amazing students, no doubt about it.

One more school’s in the offing: Troy High. Will my voice hold out, or disappear into the croak it threatens? Will I drop my bag in the parking lot puddles — again? Tune in tomorrow….