As a kid, I lived for extra credit. If making a pinhole camera out of a shoebox, or fashioning a shrunken apple head version of George Washington Carver could boost my A to an A+, I was all over it. Teachers pets of the world unite! (Sorry, I get overexcited just thinking about pinhole cameras.) So, it seems only fitting that 30-odd years later, I actually had the opportunity to be a Human Extra Credit Project — a real live writer, brought in to to talk to my friend Bridget’s eighth grade English class. A hearty thank you, to Mrs. Hopgood for having me, and to Bridget, for making my geeky world complete. And happy 13th birthday!!!