Since 1957, the community of Chandler, Arizona, has built a tumbleweed tree with tumbleweeds they gathered from around town. Chandler is the only city in the southwestern United States that has such a tree. The crew gathers nearly 1,000 tumbleweeds each year and builds a 25 foot tall tree over a wire frame. They spray the tumbleweeds with white paint, flame retardant and sprinkle with glitter. Around 1,200 lights decorate the tree, and the town has a ceremony to switch the lights on. I think it would be neat to see this tree.
Here's another tumbleweed tree.
One day, when I was taking a walk, a tumbleweed rolled across the path in front of me. Now, there's a story there, I thought. I took it in the house and decorated it. I had to be careful, though, because they do have sharp branches. I also wrote a story for early readers about the tumbleweed.
The Good Reads Giveaway ends today, December 9th. The publisher and I are giving away an Unproofed ARC of UNDER A PURPLE MOON, my YA Contemporary Novel due out March 15, 2016.